Turkey Opens Tunnel Linking Europe And Asia – Turkey has for the first time connected its European and Asian sides by opening a railway tunnel that fulfils a vision first proposed by an Ottoman sultan about 150 years ago. [aljazeera]
LAX Gunman Shot TSA Officer, Walked Away, Returned To Shoot Him Again – The alleged shooter who went on a rampage Friday at Los Angeles International Airport approached a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, pulled a .223-caliber M&P-15 assault rifle from his bag and shot multiple times “at point-blank range” at a uniformed TSA officer. [nbc]
Farmville Maker Zynga Wins Scrabble Trademark Row – Zynga’s Scramble With Friends word game for mobile devices does not infringe Mattel’s Scrabble trademarks, a High Court judge has ruled. [bbc]
1,500 Works Of Art Looted By Nazis Recovered In Munich – A trove of 1,500 works of art plundered by the Nazis has been discovered in Munich, according to a German news magazine report — a collection that, if confirmed, ranks among the most significant artistic finds of the postwar era. [nbc]
Ernie Els Makes His Annoyance Known – Former world No 1 Ernie Els has described as “farcical” the European Tour’s increased playing demands and will register his disapproval by skipping next week’s flagship season-ending event in Dubai. [ssport]
France Says Its Journalists “Coldly Assassinated” In Mali – France said on Sunday two French journalists found dead in the northern Mali region of Kidal had been “coldly assassinated” by militants and vowed to step up security measures in the area. [reuters]
Ponzi Millions Huge Boost To State Coffers – Money from the multibillion-rand Barry Tannenbaum Ponzi scheme made up most of the R82-million deposited in the state’s criminal assets recovery account. [timeslive]
Attack On Nigerian Wedding Convoy Leaves 30 Dead – Gunmen have attacked a wedding convoy in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, killing more than 30 people including the groom. [afp]
‘I Found Bin Laden And Want $25m Reward’ – An American man claims he tipped federal investigators to the location of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan eight years before his killing and has hired attorneys to help him collect the $25 million reward. [newsau]
Rockstar Group Sues Google, Samsung And Others Over Patents – Rockstar (jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony) is suing Google, Samsung, HTC, Huawei and three other companies over alleged patent infringement. [guardian]
Donald Trump Gives ‘Hero Bus Driver’ $10,000 – Billionaire Donald Trump rewards a bus driver who gained worldwide fame after rescuing a “suicidal” woman from a freeway bridge. [sky]
Now China’s Rich Can Buy IMAX Home Theaters Starting At R2.5m – China’s newly minted rich can now get up close and personal to the movies after mega-screen maker IMAX Corp signed a deal to produce luxury home theaters in the company’s second largest market. [busins]
Katy Perry Passes Justin Bieber As Most Popular Person On Twitter – Justin Bieber may have a gigantic fanbase, but he’s no longer Twitter’s most popular celebrity. With over 46,477,000 followers at the time of this writing, Katy Perry has taken the lead. [verge]
Facebook Drives the Most Traffic to Publishers, Beating Twitter and Reddit – There’s no beating Facebook when it comes to driving traffic to publishers. The world’s largest social network directed 10.4% of traffic to websites this past September, according to data from 200,000 publishers. [mashable]
Kanye West Wears a Confederate Flag, Says ‘React How You Want’ – He caused controversy with his song “New Slaves” about modern-day racism and now Kanye West is prompting talk again – the rapper was seen wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Confederate flag on Saturday. [people]
Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson Spotted Together At His Beverly Hills Home – After spending months apart, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson may be rekindling their romance … again. [huffpo]
Here’s A New Blog For You – There’s a cool local blog gaining in popularity, especially amongst girls. Quality locally written content focusing on the ups and downs of life in Cape Town. Check out [discopantsblog.com]
Novak Djokovic Beats David Ferrer For Paris Masters Title – ovak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer, 7-5, 7-5, ib Sunday to win the Paris Masters for his 17th consecutive match victory and sixth title of the season. [latimes]
Eminem Named Artist of the Year at First YouTube Music Awards – Eminem was named the artist of the year at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards, held Sunday in New York. The honor comes only days before the release of his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Eminem also was the musical guest on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. [hollyrep]
Man Forgets About Buying $27 of Bitcoin, Is Now Worth About $1 Million – Four years ago, Oslo-man Christopher Koch’s girlfriend scoffed at his purchase of $27-worth of Bitcoin. Chances are she was singing a decidedly different tune last April, when Koch checked back in on his investment and found out it was worth $886,000. And over a cool million today. [gizmodo]
Steve Wozniak: Apple and Google Should Work Together – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was recently interviewed with the BBC. In the interview, Wozniak said that if he was still working at Apple, he would likely partner with Google. [pulse]
Planes Crash In Midair, No-one Hurt – A weekend midair collision sent one small plane careening into the ground while another limped safely back to the runway. Fortunately, both planes were carrying skydivers. [cnn]
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