March 24, 2014 |
Accustomed to living glamorously in the spotlight, Noël Coward conducted his private affairs, in the words of writer Rebecca West, "with an impeccable dignity … which was reticent but untainted by pretense. " Given that homosexual acts weren't decriminalized in Britain until 1967, Coward's glass-door closet wasn't just a witty place to be - it was also a fairly courageous one. But attitudes were rapidly changing. "Homosexuality is becoming as normal as blueberry-pie," Coward observed in his diaries in 1960.
March 13, 2014 |
BEIJING - At least four people were reported dead after knife-wielding assailants stabbed and slashed passers-by Friday morning in Changsha, in China's south-central Hunan province. Witnesses described the assailants as Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking minority from northwestern China's Xinjiang region. Militants from that region were implicated in a knifing rampage March 1 that left 33 people dead at a train station in Kunming, China. 12:15 a.m. update: The death toll from Friday's knife attack in Changsha has reached six. Initial witness reports indicated that members of a Turkic minority from northwestern China could have been involved.
March 12, 2014 |
Karolina Knepaite was making coffee in the kitchen of her fifth-story apartment in East Harlem on Wednesday when it happened. A tremendous blast erupted from a row of residential buildings across the street, blew out her windows, and sent a thick cloud of dark gray smoke through her neighborhood, in a building explosion that has killed at least two people and injured 18 others. When she looked outside, Knepaite told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview, personal belongings lay scattered in the street.
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March 9, 2014 |
Witnesses described the moment Saturday night when a stage collapsed during a performance at an Anaheim high school, injuring about two dozen students. "All of a sudden the very front row just completely fell under. We were all in shock," student Stephanie Stevenson told KABC-TV. Another student, Sabrina Lee, added in an interview with the station: "We were all jumping, having fun. We've done it five times before, and then all of a sudden, the girls in front of me just disappeared.
March 6, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In the minutes after he fatally shot his girlfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed and begged that she would survive, according to testimony in his murder trial Thursday by a Pretoria radiologist who was one of the first people on the scene. Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, wept in Pretoria's High Court as the radiologist, Dr. Johan Stipp, offered a graphic medical account of her fatal injuries and described the athlete's distress at the time.
March 5, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, according to testimony in the South African Olympic athlete's murder trial Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena told the Gauteng North High Court that he was with Pistorius and other friends at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch in January 2013, weeks before Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his apartment in the early hours of Valentine's Day that year.