Thursday, February 17, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Violence erupts in Bahrain

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Manama, Bahrain
>> Soldiers in at least 40 armored vehicles took control of Manama, Bahrain, today after police attacked anti-government protesters. Three deaths have been reported so far and 231 wounded, the worst violence in the country in decades. The government tried to preempt an Egypt-like protest. Good luck with that--not. (Reuters)

>> Hawaii approved civil unions for gay and lesbian couples yesterday in an 18-5 vote, and then today the state appointed its first openly gay Supreme Court judge, Circuit Judge Sabrina McKenna. This should do wonders for that flailing tourism industry of theirs. (Reuters, KHON)

>> Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour refuses to denounce state license plates to commemorate KKK Grand Wizard and Confederate general Natan Bedford Forrest. "I don't go around denouncing people," he told the AP. Yeah, we know. (Politico, ABC News

>> The leader of the band of pirates who hijacked an American ship in March 2009 and held its captain hostage for four days was sentenced to 33 years in prison yesterday. Ironically, life in American prison will be an improvement. (Bloomberg)

>> And finally: We're all going to be replaced by super computers. The artificial intelligence creation Watson, who competed against Jeopardy!'s champions during the last three days, dominated the competition. Watson won $77,147, nearly three times as much as the second place winner, Ken Jennings, who wrote: "I for one welcome our new computer overlords." (the New York Post)

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