Family Escapes Australian ‘Tornadoes Of Fire’ By Clinging To Jetty For 3 Hours – A grandfather in Tasmania recounts how he saved his five grandchildren by taking sheltering under a jetty in the sea for three hours as wildfires raged around them. [nbc]
Cape Town Doctors Perform Historical Operation – Doctors have performed a history-making heart operation – he world’s first non-surgical closure of a leaking heart valve – on a 59-year-old woman in Cape Town. [timeslive]
Journalists Car Set Alight And Destroyed In WC Farm Protests – Protesting Western Cape farmworkers overturned and set fire to a journalist’s car during the renewed farmworkers’ strike in De Doorns. Mellow. [mail&guardian]
Google Delegation Pressing North Korea For Missile Ban, Open Internet – A small delegation led by ex-New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and Google boss Eric Schmidt has urged North Korea to halt nuclear and missile tests. [bbc]
Boeing Facing Probe After String Of Dreamliner Brake/Fuel Issues – A brake problem has forced an All Nippon Airways flight to be cancelled in Japan – the third glitch in as many days involving a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. [yahoo]
White House Can And May Take ‘Executive Action’ On Guns – As he began a final series of meetings with stakeholder groups to develop recommendations on gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden signaled Wednesday that one focus may be on measures the Obama administration can take independently of Congress. [latimes]
Armstrong Will Not Be Paid For Oprah Interview – No question will be off-limits when Lance Armstrong sits down across from American talk show queen Oprah Winfrey next week. And Lance isn’t being paid for the 90 minutes either. [optuszoo]
Social Sites for Families: More Personal than Facebook – Social networks for families (FamilyLeaf, MyFamily.com, Rootsy, Origami), neighbors (Nextdoor), and select groups of family and friends (Path), have bloomed in the past few years. A growing number of us, it seems, want a more intimate online sharing experience. [mashable]
‘Lincoln’ & BAFTA Nominations: Steven Spielberg’s Film Leads With 10 Nods, But None For Him – Historical biopic “Lincoln” leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nominations including best picture and best actor – but nothing for director Steven Spielberg. [huffpo]
Germany Might Boycott Zimbabwe Convention – Germany says it is considering whether to take part in the world’s largest United Nations tourism convention in Zimbabwe or stay away to protest seizures of tourism investments owned by Germans. [news24]
Britain Continues Paedophiles Of The Past Unearthing, With New Case – A paedophile suspected of killing Moira Anderson in 1957 abused children on the same scale as Jimmy Savile, his daughter says. [skynews]
A James Holmes Admirer Opens Up About Her Crush: ‘He’s Not an Animal’ – Misty Benjamin has photos of the Aurora shooter in her wallet and on her bedroom walls. Outside today’s chilling hearing, she talks to Christine Pelisek about her crush—and why Holmes isn’t ‘a bad guy.’ [dailybeast]
‘Doomsday’ Apophis Asteroid 20% Larger, Flew fly by Earth Yesterday (Video) – What was first reported to be the “doomsday asteroid” when it was first discovered in 2004, 99942 Apophis flew by Earth on Jan. 9. Scientists have discovered that the asteroid is 20 percent larger than first thought. [exam]
Razzies 2013: Twilight Leads ‘Worst Film’ Nominations – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II secures 11 Razzie nominations, including worst picture. And of course Adam Sandler features somewhere in the nominations as well. [telegraph]
Now They Reckon Diet Colddrinks Are Linked To Depression – Calorie-free drinks are not necessarily risk free. A new study has found a link between drinking diet soda or diet fruit drinks and an increased risk of depression. [livsci]
Here’s A Video Demo Of The New BlackBerry Operating System That Launches In A Few Weeks – RIM doesn’t have an official presence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but the company is still in Las Vegas showing off its upcoming mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10. [busins]
Kate’s Low Key Birthday Celebrations With Prince William – Kate Middleton marked her 31st birthday on Wednesday, but celebrations were low key for the expectant royal, who is thought to be just over 12 weeks pregnant with her and Prince William’s first child. [hellomagazine]
Beyonce Shows Off Her ‘Underboobs’ On Latest GQ Cover – GQ couldn’t keep Beyoncé covered for long: The wrapper of the magazine’s next issue, which runs down the “100 sexiest women of the 21st century,” was leaked online ahead of its official release. [gawker]
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