The Daily Word in hot water, Vegas odds and animals gone wild
A House of Representatives committee could vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over Operation Fast and Furious documents.
Ecuador's embassy in London may now be the only thing standing between Wikileaks leader Julian Assange and extradition to Sweden.
Egypt seizes with new political and constitutional upheaval as conflicting reports over ousted President Mubarak's failing health circulate.
China's reserves of rare earth minerals—essential to production of high-tech devices—are dwindling due to "excessive mining," says report.
Interactive map of West Africa's devastating drought conditions.
Vegas roulette wheel beats 114 billion to one odds.
New state department study counts 20.9 million worldwide victims of modern slavery.
Charter schools may be underperforming when it comes to serving disabled students.
Former inmate now exonerated testifies before Senate subcommittee that solitary confinement in prisons "by its design is driving men insane."
Wildlife conservation group says black bears around the Duke City are being egregiously eliminated from the area.
Charlie Sheen's surge of "tiger blood" was in fact a "psychotic break."
Handy tip: If you're squeamish about squid sperm ruining your calamari dinner, remove the internal organs before cooking it.
Water tanks in NYC as public art.
Amorous prehistoric turtles immortalized.
Food for Thought
Chocolate’s Dark Side
The controversial life of cacao beans
Valentine's Day is the chocolate industry's holiday season. With an eye toward this February's love-fest, the International Labor Rights Forum purchased an advertising slot on a JumboTron outside the Super Bowl's Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on which to broadcast a video called “Hershey's Chocolate, Kissed by Child Labor.”
Stamp Out Malaria
The charitable folks at Project PeacePal knew they were in for a title fight when they created the Stamp Out Malaria campaign, combating one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Two years in, it has raised more than $17,000 to purchase nearly 4,000 mosquito nets for West African communities in Ghana and Togo. Today at the UNM SUB Ballroom C from 6 to 9 p.m., celebrate the successful campaign with live African music and dance, reflections by students involved in the project, and a raffle for a trip to the Dominican Republic. Admission is $15, or $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting peacepal.org.
Let the Tribes Unite!
Etran Finatawa brings nomad blues from the Sahara
Niger, a landlocked West African country roughly twice the size of Texas, is one of the poorest places in the world. Mostly covered by desert, this hot, dusty zone is home to multiple ethnic groups, many of which are still nomadic. They lead their camels, cattle and goats along the edge of the Sahara in search of savanna pastures and water sources, sometimes clashing over limited resources. Two such groups are the Tuareg and the Wodaabe, who each have their own histories, social structures and religious beliefs.