Headlines from around the world: 2/25/13

Mothers went topless in Spain to raise money and save a school bus. The ten mothers from Montserrat, Spain, showed some skin in a calendar sold to raise money to restore a reduction in bus service for 600 elementary students. So far the calendar has raised enough money to pay for the monthly service charge for the bus. The mothers hope to sell all 3,000 copies for this year and start anew next year.

North Korea warned the top American commander in South Korea that there would be “destruction” if the US military went ahead with military drills with South Korea. South Korea and the US regularly conduct joint drills but North Korea calls the drills proof of hostility and accuses the US of practicing for an invasion.
Thousands of Spaniards went on strike Saturday to protest deep austerity, the privatization of public services, and political corruption. The students, doctors, unionists, young families, and pensioners staged non-violent demonstrations as there are no signs of recovery for the mass unemployment and no end in sight for the current five-year slump in the economy. According to protesters the government is cutting budget items it should not cut such as health, education, and basic services.

Two bombs exploded in a crowded shopping area in Hyderabad, India killing at least 11 people and wounding 50 more in the worst bombing in the country in more than a year. The blasts occurred two minutes apart outside a movie theater and a bus station. The bombs were attached to two bicycles about 150 meters apart in the district of Dilsukh Nagar. Eight people died in one of the explosions and three at the other. The explosions were the first major bomb attack to hit India since September 2011 when 13 people were killed.

Aalaya Walker an 18 year old woman from Florida was injured last week when she was shot by her friend’s oven. Craving some waffles, Walker preheated the oven unaware that her friend was storing a magazine from his 45-caliber Glock 21 in the oven. The magazine exploded sending fragments flying at high speeds and striking Walker. She took some pieces out of her leg and chest and then took the bus to the hospital where she was treated and released.

At least 28 NASCAR fans were injured last week in a crash that sent debris flying into the grandstands. The final lap accident began as the racers closed in on the finish line and sent rookie Kyle Larson’s car flying into the fence separating the track from the stands. Pieces of the car ended up in the stands, whereas the car itself had the entire front end sheared off, while the burning engine was wedged through a hole in the fence.

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