Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mass. Buddhist monk sues over sex recording

A Buddhist monk has filed a lawsuit against five people she alleges illegally distributed a video of her having a sexual encounter with another monk. Maya Men says in her lawsuit filed last week in Middlesex Superior Court that the five defendants violated her right to privacy and her constitutional rights. She also says their actions intentionally inflicted emotional distress. The Sun of Lowell (http://bit.ly/17NhkJB ) reports that, according to the lawsuit, Men “has been held up to her relevant community as an individual who should be shunned and scorned, called a thief, and referred to by a plethora of pejorative terms.” The lawsuit seeks damages and seizure of all copies of the recording. Continue Reading →

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Amnesty criticizes Haiti over evictions from camps

Haiti has violated international human rights obligations by failing to protect people who have been forced to leave the impromptu settlements that sprang up in the Caribbean nation after the 2010 earthquake, a global advocacy group said Tuesday. A report by Amnesty International said it found that thousands of displaced people have been evicted from public spaces and private properties. People kicked out of settlements find themselves “further marginalized and driven deeper into poverty,” it said. The government of President Michel Martelly has condoned the evictions led by mayors, police officers and others, the report charged. “They are tolerated by the state and carried out in total impunity by state agents and private individuals or groups (non-state actors) alike,” it said. Continue Reading →

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New-homes sales rise 1.5 percent in March to 417K

U.S. sales of new homes rebounded in March to the second fastest sales pace in three years, adding to evidence of a sustained housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season. The Commerce Department says sales of new homes increased 1.5 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000. Sales had reached a pace of 445,000 in January. New-home sales are still below the 700,000 pace considered healthy by most economists. But they have risen 18.5 percent from a year ago. Continue Reading →

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W.Va. investigating death of Md. man

Authorities in West Virginia are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man who had been competing in an endurance course. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ted Snyder says Avishek Sengupta of Ellicott City, Md., was found Saturday in water at the “Walk the Plank” obstacle of a “Tough Mudder” endurance event near Glengary. He died Sunday at a northern Virginia hospital. The Virginia medical examiner’s office in Manassas said an autopsy has been completed but a cause of death wasn’t immediately available. Continue Reading →

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Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants

The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 32 Cuban migrants who were recently picked up in waters off South Florida and the Keys. A cutter dropped off the migrants Thursday in Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba. They had been interdicted in three different cases since April 12. Officials say 13 migrants were picked up April 12 after a Carnival cruise ship reported a rustic vessel near Key West. The same day, a Coast Guard ship picked up another 17 migrants, also near Key West. Continue Reading →

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