Headlines from around the world: 9/23/13

On Monday, a lone gunman, Navy contractor Aaron Alexis, fatally wounded twelve people and injured three others before being killed by police at the Washington Navy Yard. According to FBI Director James Comey, the shooter moved without any “discernable pattern” and that “It appears to [Comey] that he was wandering the halls and hunting people to shoot”. The ongoing investigation has yet to determine a motive.

To protest the revelation that the United States has been spying on the nation of Brazil’s president and her aides, a Brazilian computer hacking group attempted to deface the National Spy Agency’s webpage. Unfortunately for the group, because of a confusion over the acronyms for the spy agency, the group instead placed the message “Stop spying on us” and a message calling for the United States to not attack Syria on NASA’s web page. According to Nasa spokesperson Allard Beutel “At no point were any of the agency’s primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised.”

After the fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas, a leading anti-fascist rapper, at an ultra-nationalist rally in Athens was found to be linked to the Golden Dawn political party, an emergency legislation session has been called by the Greek government to attempt to ban the ultra-nationalist party. The alleged perpetrator of the attack and his wife who were captured after police forces rushed to the scene, confessed to membership in the Golden Dawn. Party leadership is denying involvement in the assassination. Though early Wednesday, government officials began raiding Golden Dawn offices.

A pair of unsolved disappearances from the 1950’s and 1970’s were possibly solved after two vintage cars with skeletons inside were found beneath the mud of Foss Lake in Oklahoma. The two vehicles were found by chance when a group of highway patrol officers decided to try out new sonar equipment at the lake, and were taken by surprise to see the two rust covered Chevrolets in the lake. Only one skeleton has been identified as of yet; though the announcement of the identity is being withheld, until all close relatives have been notified.

The city of San Francisco is suing the state of Nevada over the alleged practice of bussing the mentally ill into California after being improperly discharged from mental health care facilities in Las Vegas. After a three month investigation, out of 500 people, 24 had been sent to San Francisco without any sort of prior connection to the city. Nevada official deny the charges and claim that out of 1500 reviewed cases of patients being transported across state lines, only ten had been improperly discharged.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled that clicking “Like” on Facebook can be considered protected free speech. This is a reversal of a lower court ruling that stated that this was insufficient to be considered speech. The case in question that caused this was the firing of six people by Sheriff B.J. Roberts in Hampton, Virginia. The six people had “Liked” the Facebook page of Roberts’ opponent for reelection, Jim Adams. They sued on the basis that public employees cannot be fired for expressing political opinions which the lower court did not believe that a “Like” was protected speech.



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