Ready for Action - An electric chair slated to be used in the state's first execution by electrocution since 1960 was tested Monday and is ready to go, prison officials said.Original news source

Police: Man sets off his own booby trap - A man tired of burglars nearly blew off his hand when bomb-like devices he set around his house exploded in his presence instead, authorities said.Original news source

Report: Hit taken out on K-Fed? - The television show Entertainment Tonight was reporting on its Web site Monday that it has several reliable sources who say the FBI and Los Angeles police are investigating legitimate leads of a contract hit on Kevin Federline's life.Original news source

No water to douse fire of Albania's loss to Dutch - An Albanian fishmonger set fire to his van in a burst of anger after the national soccer team lost to the visiting Dutch side, and firefighters failed to extinguish the blaze because someone had stolen their water.Original news source

Man Falsely Accused of Child Rape sues New York City for $10 Million - Brooklyn school custodian Francis Evelyn once walked proud, worked hard and looked forward to a peaceful retirement.Now he's too scared to go out his front door.Five months after his face was broadcast worldwide as an accused child rapist, Evelyn, 58, can't sleep. He can't stop the tears. He can't wipe away the nightmare of being arrested, jailed and wrongly accused.Original news source

Infant killed execution-style - Two men fatally shot a 21-year-old man during a suspected home-invasion, then shot his 7-month-old son in the head as he was strapped in a car seat outside the home, police said.Original news source

U.S. firm banned from Iraq - Iraq's Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead. The U.S. State Department said it plans to investigate what it calls a "terrible incident."Original news source

Baboon adopts a chicken at Lithuanian zoo - A lonely baboon in a private Lithuanian zoo has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month and the two have formed a fast friendship, the zoo's director said on Friday.Original news source

Which countries get most students into college? - ORE people are getting degrees than ever before. From 1995-2005 the graduation rate in rich countries increased by 12%, according to the OECD's “Education at a Glance” report, published on Tuesday September 18th. Australians are the keenest students, with over 80% of young people entering university in 2005.Original news source

Pentagon Sued Over Mandatory Christianity - A military watchdog organization filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and a US Army major, on behalf of an Army soldier stationed in Iraq. The suit charges the Pentagon with widespread constitutional violations by allegedly trying to force the soldier to embrace evangelical Christianity and then retaliating against him when he refused.Original news source

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