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Why are you an atheist?

I'm an atheist because I just never believed in the existence of a God. I think rationally. Why are YOU an atheist, if you are one?

Jurassic Park 4 to be directed by Colin Trevorrow

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21798898

The long awaited Jurassic Park 4 will be directed by little-known director Colin Trevorrow, Universal Pictures has said.

Trevorrow, 36, made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the time travel comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed.

Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two instalments of the lucrative $1.9bn (1.26bn) dinosaur franchise, will executive produce the fourth film.

The movie - which will be made in 3D - is due for release in June 2014.

Spielberg announced in 2011 that Jurassic Park 4 was in development, much to the delight of fans who will have waited 13 years when the fourth film hits the big screen.
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Carnival to fly passengers home after another cruise failure

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/14/travel/cruise-ship-trouble/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1

Carnival Cruise Lines will fly all passengers on one of its cruises back to Florida after the ship suffered a generator failure while docked in the Caribbean.

The experience on the Carnival Dream became something of a nightmare for some passengers Wednesday when power went off, some toilets stopped working, and no one was allowed to get off the vessel even though the ship was docked at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in the eastern Caribbean.

Although power had been restored and facilities were functioning again, the ship still couldn't leave port.

Cruise passengers received a letter from the captain, according to a passenger who e-mailed a photo of the correspondence to CNN.

Captain Massimo Marino told passengers they will be booked on flights to Orlando or another destination. Passengers with cars at Port Canaveral will be bused from Orlando to the facility about an hour away.

The letter also offers passengers a three-day refund and a half-price cruise in the future.

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New York woman holding baby falls from 8th floor to her death

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/14/justice/new-york-baby-mother-fall/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

A woman plunged to her death from the eighth floor of an apartment building in New York, with her baby clutched in her arms.

The 10-month-old boy miraculously survived and was in critical but stable condition at a Harlem hospital Thursday, police said.

A New York police spokesman confirmed that the woman left behind a suicide note behind.

Bystanders were shocked when they saw the 45-year-old mother fall Wednesday afternoon.

"I wish I never witnessed that," Steven Dominguez told CNN affiliate WPIX. "It's disturbing, and horrible. The baby bounced off her chest onto the floor, face down and was crying. My mother tried to pick up the baby, but there was already a detective there."

Earlier, neighbor said he heard yelling coming from the woman's apartment before she fell.

The woman was arguing with a man, said Christian Johnson, a neighbor.

"I came home, they were arguing," Johnson told WPIX. "I actually stopped to listen, and I heard screaming and the baby was crying. He just kept saying why wouldn't you pick up the phone, why would you put that stress on me? Why wouldn't you pick up the phone, why, why? He was screaming, 'why, why'?"

Police did not release the name of the victim, but neighbors said she was a lawyer and was married.

Obama reacts to new pope

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_bn3#/video/bestoftv/2013/03/13/exp-obama-on-new-pope.cnn

President Obama is asked about the new pope while visiting Capitol Hill.


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And your new pope is...(drumroll, please) Pope Francis I

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis

Snoop Dog: "We as Americans are guilty of promoting guns."

http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/07/snoop-lion-on-guns-in-america-we-are-guilty-as-americans-of-promoting-the-gun/?hpt=hp_tvbx
Tonight, the singer formerly known as Snoop Dogg sits down with Piers Morgan for an enlightening and informative interview on poverty, guns in America and his own fascinating transformation.

The artist, who now goes by Snoop Lion after spending some time in Jamaica, talks with the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host about his past ownership of guns and guns in America today.

"I went into a situation with the law where they came through my house and took all the guns out of my house and put my family through a whole lot of unnecessary abuse and whatnot," Snoop Lion says. "I just felt like I had got to the point in my career and my life where I didn't need guns in my life, because I didn't project that energy. I felt like I was positive and peaceful."

Snoop Lion's written a song called "No Guns Allowed" that will be released in April on his new album "Reincarnated." He talks about how he was inspired after the recent shootings:

"It affected me to where I wanted to say something and I wanted to make some music to try to help the next person who was thinking about loading a gun, going into a school and then shooting and maybe helping him put that gun down and think about what he was doing or what she was doing before they did that."

Tune in this evening at 9 as the "big cat" tells Morgan, "We are guilty as Americans of promoting the gun as one of the most highly touted things that you can have in your life, whether it's good or bad."

Should Dubya have been impeached?

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Favorite songs

What are your favorite songs?

Here are some of mine:











Hundreds of dead pigs fished from Shanghai river

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/11/world/asia/china-pigs-river/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
At least 2,800 dead pigs have been fished from a Shanghai river since Friday, but authorities insist that tap water in the city is still safe to drink.

State news agency Xinhua said labels tagged to the pigs' ears indicated they came from the upper waters of the Huangpu River, which flows through the center of Shanghai and is a source of the city's drinking water.

It's not clear why the pigs had been dumped in the river, though local media reported earlier this month that a disease had killed thousands of pigs in a village south of Shanghai.

"We will continue to trace the source, investigate the cause, co-operate with neighboring areas and take measures to stop the dumping of pigs into rivers," the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission said in a statement posted on their website on Monday.

READ: China pledges to tackle pollution crisis

As of Sunday, water quality on the Songjiang section of the river, where most of the pigs were found, remained normal and the incident has had "no significant effect on tap water supply," the commission added.




This horrific incident was only made public when residents started posting pictures on Weibo
Xue Manzi

However, local residents and users of of the popular Twitter-like microblog service Sina Weibo have expressed concern that the dead pigs would make the city's tap water unsafe to drink.

"Huangpu river is the source of drinking water for more than 20 million Shanghai residents. And this horrific incident was only made public when residents started posting pictures on Weibo," business investor Xue Manzi said in a post on his account.

The agricultural commission said it had tested organ samples from the pig carcasses and the results suggested the animals had contracted a type of porcine circovirus.

According to Professor Fred Leung, who specialises in animal diseases at Hong Kong University, this is a fairly common disease in pigs and not usually fatal on its own.

Pictures showed sanitation workers with sticks retrieving the bloated bodies of small pigs caught up in reeds and debris at the side of the river.

A local newspaper in Jiaxing, a city in Zhejiang province south of Shanghai, reported on March 6 that tens of thousands of pigs had died of an animal disease in a major pig farming village in the past two months.

"According to our records, 10,078 pigs died in January, another 8,325 died in February. More than 300 pigs die everyday in our village, and we barely have any space left to dispose of the dead pigs," a local villager was quoted by the paper as saying.

Chen Yi, a veterinarian at the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, told the Global Times newspapers that farmers are required by law to dispose of dead animals at community disposal sites or bury them with disinfectant.

CNN's Zhang Dayu reported from Beijing
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