The international community must act on evidence that crimes against humanity are being committed in North Korea, says a long-awaited UN report. A panel of experts mandated by the UN's Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered "unspeakable atrocities", and that those responsible, including leader Kim Jong-un, must face justice. Testimony given to the panel from defectors included an account of a woman forced to drown her own baby, children imprisoned from birth and starved, and families tortured for watching a foreign soap opera. "There will be no excusing of failure of action because we didn't know," said Michael Kirby, chairman of the independent Commission of Inquiry. read more
The California Highway Patrol officer reportedly ordered the firefighter, identified as Jacob Gregoir, to move the fire engine off the center divide or he would be arrested. As he worked the scene and checked the overturned car for more victims, he reportedly told the unidentified officer that he would have to check with his captain.
That's when the officer decided to detain the firefighter instead. read more
A radio station in Iowa received a Christmas wish from a woman who died two years earlier of ovarian cancer at age 46. Brenda Schmitz gave the letter to a friend a month before her death and asked that it not be sent until her husband David had fallen in love with someone new. Schmitz requested that Star 102.5, which grants Christmas wishes to listeners, give the women marrying her husband "a day, or better yet, a week of pampering, in all aspects of her life. ... She deserves it." She added to the woman, "Thank you. I love you, whoever you are." She also asked for a "magical trip" for the family of 8, and a "night out full of drinks, food and fun" for her cancer doctors at Mercy Medical Hospital. Local businesses made all the wishes come true, and are funding a trip to Disney World for the family. read more