Six In The Morning

To Bad Those Who Incite Will Never Take Responsibility

In Attack’s Wake, Political Repercussions
TUCSON — Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and 18 others were shot Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire outside a supermarket where Ms. Giffords was meeting with constituents.
Six of the victims died, among them John M. Roll, the chief judge for the United States District Court for Arizona, and a 9-year-old girl, the Pima County sheriff, Clarence W. Dupnik, said.

Ms. Giffords, 40, whom the authorities called the target of the attack, was said to be in very critical condition at the University Medical Center in Tucson, where she was operated on by a team of neurosurgeons.

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Young Chinese go crazy for shopping discount coupons
Ding Can is obsessed with bargains. Her purse is crammed with more than 30 discount cards and dozens of coupons. Her apartment is packed with freebies, from cosmetic samples to key chains. She often lines up before dawn for tickets to discounted movies.

Her yen for savings isn't out of necessity. The software testing engineer, 32, is relatively well off. She says, simply, "I've never come across a good deal I didn't like." More than a craze, discount shopping is becoming a way of life for young Chinese. Known as the "coupon generation", they are changing the way business is done in the world's second largest economy.

A New Nation To Be Born

Southern Sudan votes on independence

The week-long vote is widely expected to result in Africa's largest country being split in two.

As people flocked to the polls, South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir said: "This is an historic moment the people of Southern Sudan have been waiting for."

The poll was agreed as part of the 2005 peace dead which ended the two-decade north-south civil war.

The leaders of the mainly Muslim north have promised to allow the potential new country, with its mainly Christian population, to secede peacefully.

The Sky Is Falling

Dead birds, fish kills prompt doomsday theories, but scientists say they're natural
It's death on a wide scale, biblical-type stuff: Millions of spot fish died last week in the Chesapeake Bay; red-winged blackbirds tumbled from the skies by the thousands in Arkansas and Kentucky over the holidays; and tens of thousands of pogies, drum fish, crab and shrimp went belly up in the summer in a Louisiana bayou.
For an explanation of these mysterious events, some have turned to Scripture or to the Mayan calendar, which suggests the world will end in 2012. But wildlife experts say these massive wildlife kills were not the result of a man-made disaster or a spooky sign of the apocalypse.

She Was A Tiny Dacner

'Baby of hope' shot dead by gunman
Nine-year-old Tuscon girl Christina Taylor Green was fatally shot after her neighbours invited her to go along to a political meeting.

Christina was one of six people killed when a man opened fire at US congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's meeting in Tuscon, Arizona.

The Arizona Republic website reported that a neighbour asked if Christina along to the event because she thought she would enjoy it her uncle Greg Segalini said.

Stand By Your Press Repression

Zimbabwe stands by media fees policy
Foreign media outlets are now required to pay $6 000 to register in the country, up from $2 500. Zimbabwean journalists working for the foreign press need to pay an accreditation fee of $400 -- up from $100.

'Shocking and retributive'
The deadline for payment was Friday, but Godfrey Majonga, who heads the government-appointed Zimbabwe Media Commission, said there might be some leeway in the payment date.

"We will not reduce the fees. Probably we will extend the period a little," he said, noting that the government wants to promote the media industry in Zimbabwe.

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