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American detained: North Korea confession coerced

Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea, issued a written statement Monday indicating his confession was coerced under the treat of a long jail term.

 
‘Blackfish’ spurs performers to cancel SeaWorld gig

The rock bands Heart and Barenaked Ladies along with country singer Willie Nelson have canceled their planned performances at SeaWorld in Florida, citing a recent documentary that raises questions about the effects of captivity on whales.

 
Aron Ralston, of ‘127 Hours’ fame, arrested on assault charges

Aron Ralston, the Colorado adventurer whose self-amputation ordeal was made into the movie “127 Hours,” was arrested in Denver on allegations of domestic violence after police say he and his girlfriend got into an altercation.

 
Google, Facebook, Apple unite in plea against online snooping

Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people’s personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.

 
Server accused of forging anti-gay note loses job

A New Jersey waitress who accused a family of leaving an anti-gay note on their receipt is no longer working at the bistro where the incident took place.

 
Napping passenger awakes alone, locked in dark plane

A passenger who fell asleep while flying to Los Angeles says he awoke to discover himself alone and locked inside a dark, empty United Express plane in Houston.

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