News Bites

News Bites

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[box] BP Agrees to Pay Damages BP, the British oil company, agreed to a guilty plea on 14 criminal charges regarding the oil rig ex­plosion in the Gulf of Mexico last year. The com­pany agrees to pay a 4.5 billion dollar fine and be monitored by the US government for the next four years. The oil spill pumped 4.9 million barrels into the Atlantic, 11 people were killed, and count­less wildlife and residents have been affected by the disaster.[/box]

[box] First Computerized Brain

The first ever functioning computerized brain was built by Canadian scientists from the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience. The brain, dubbed Spaun, is able to execute sim­ple actions and distinguish symbols. Spaun was built from 2.5 million computer-simulated neu­rons—only a fraction of the human brain’s 100 billion neurons—and is hoped to improve our un­derstanding of the cognitive powers of the brain.[/box]

[box]Morsi Declares Authority

On November 22nd, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi boldly declared authority over the Egyptian courts. With this move, he no longer can be kept in line by the court sys­tem. Morsi claims this will help bring “political, social, and economic stability” to his country as it transitions under his rule. Many Egyptians strongly disagree, and protests have started up throughout the nation.[/box]

[box]Britain To stop aiding Rwanda

Britain has decided to stop funding one of its closest Af­rican allies, canceling over $34 million in aid. A recent United Nations report found that Rwanda has been sup­plying arms to a rebel group in the neighbouring Demo­cratic Republic of Congo. The British government will most likely put the money towards charities or agencies rather than keeping it.[/box]

[box]Murder-Suicide in WYOMING

On November 30th, a man holding a sharp-edged weapon killed a Casper College professor before killing himself. On route to the school, he also killed a pajama-clad woman on a city street. Police found the murderer and professor in a science lab after a lock-down. The killer was not a current student and no connections have been found.[/box]

[box] DRINK Possibly Linked to Deaths

American federal health authorities are looking into reports that 13 people have died in connection to energy shot prod­ucts. In the past four years, the Food and Drug Adminis­tration has received over 92 reports linking 5-Hour Energy to illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. An investigation has been launched and FDA doctors have advised to use caution when drinking caffeinated energy drinks.[/box]

The Protestant vs. The Catholic

The Protestant vs. The Catholic

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