Trending In Our News Feeds – Murder of Pakistani politician intimidates voters. Gunmen killed the senior vice-president of Imran Khan’s Movement for Justice Party (PTI), Zahra Shahid Hussain, outside of her home in Karachi on Saturday. While a police superintendent says the men killed Hussain because she refused to hand over her purse, Khan blamed the leader of a rival political party. Few voters turned out for a repeat of parliamentary voting in Karachi on Sunday.
Syria clashes over strategic stronghold. Government fighters gained the upper hand in the fight for the rebel stronghold of Qusayr today, according to the SANA news agency. The New York Times claims Qusayr holds strategic importance; its loss would be a major setback for rebel forces. The fight for Qusayr comes after a rare interview by President Bashar al-Assad in which he denied reports he is using outside fighters. However, an Al Jazeera correspondent says there are many regional fighters in the battle.
North Korea launches 5th rocket in 3 days. North Korea fired a rocket off its eastern coast today, the fifth rocket launch over the last three days. North Korea said the tests come in retaliation to perceived military threats from the U.S. and South Korea. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is critical of the tests given “the risks of miscalculation and dangerous escalation.”
Poll shows Obama unscathed by scandals. A poll released by CNN and ORC International on Sunday shows that while Americans are critical of the scandals plaguing Washington, Obama’s reputation remains unharmed. Over 80% of participants said each of the three scandals are at least somewhat important. However, the president’s approval rating stands at 53%. CNN’s previous poll gave Obama an approval rating of 51% (the difference is within the margin of error).
Gay man gunned down in Greenwich Village. A 33-year-old man, Elliott Morales, shot and killed gay New Yorker Mark Carson in Greenwich Village on Friday. Police commissioner Raymond Kelly called the killing a hate crime, but Morales’ sister said she disagreed. Police charged Morales with murder on Sunday. Gay rights groups will march in honor of Carson today.
Yahoo to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Sources say the board of Yahoo agreed on Sunday to pay $1.1 billion in cash for the blogging platform Tumblr. The takeover is widely acknowledged as an attempt to make Yahoo appeal to a younger audience. CEO Marissa Mayer has aggressively rebranded Yahoo in the last year; this will be her seventh deal. However, it is unclear if the popular blogging site can make money. Consultant expert Charlene Li says, “The challenge has always been, how do you monetize eyeballs?”
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There’s a special kind of penny that could make you very, very rich (Mental Floss).
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