1. Epilogue to Zero Dark Thirty:
Five female Pakistani polio vaccination workers have been fatally shot in a string of co-ordinated attacks - four within 20 minutes across Karachi.Via.
2. "China has a long and bloody history, and one of the bloodier episodes is the Taiping Rebellion, in which a Chinese man claiming to be the younger brother of Jesus led a violent uprising against the corrupt Manchu dynasty ruling China. The conflict raged for 14 years before coming to an end in 1864, with a death toll in the tens of millions."
3. "An Orange County man accused of opening fire from a parking lot at Fashion Island during the holiday shopping rush has been linked to a similar shooting barrage at the Newport Beach shopping center last year." (Orange County is a rich neighbor to Los Angeles.)
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