5-year-old hostage rescued in Alabama

Last Tuesday, a gunman kidnaped a 5-year-old boy after boarding a school bus and killing the bus driver near his home. The suspect has been identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a retired trucker and Vietnam War veteran. The boy was held hostage by his captor for a week in an underground bunker in Alabama. The boy was rescued physically unharmed by the FBI after a surprise attack that led to the death of Dykes. The blast apparently came from a “diversionary device”, said a FBI source. FBI officers had lowered a camera into the bunker that allowed them to plan when to throw in the flash-bag to distract Dykes. That’s when FBI agents entered through a door at the top of the bunker. This incident in Midland city, Alabama, has also increased the concerns about gun violence and school safety across the United States after the December shooting in Newtown that took the life of 26 persons, including children.

Movie about US secretary-turned-king coming soon

In 2008, Peggielene Bartels, an American secretary working at the Ghanaian Embassy, received an unexpected phone call from a cousin congratulating her for being the new king of Otuam, a small fishing village on the coast of Ghana. Since then, she has been working on making a better life for the poor families of Otuam. “I realized that on this earth, we all have a calling. We have to be ready to accept it because helping my people has really helped me a lot to know that I can really touch their lives,” says Bartels. Last year, King Peggy documented her real-life fairy tale story in a book co-authored by herself and Eleanor Herman. For next year, they are expecting the release of a film based on her incredible life journey from secretary to king after Hollywood star Will Smith bought the rights to the book.

Facebook developing a stalking application

On Wednesday, a report revealed that Facebook may be working on a smartphone app that will let the users see the location of friends and of strangers at all times. The app would run in the background of smartphones even when not opened and is designed to help user find nearby friends, Bloomberg report says. As Facebook earns most of its money from advertising, this app will become a useful tool to collect data of its user’s location. Facebook said it doesn’t sell its data to advertisers. However, it will use the data to help advertisers target potential customers. The growth of this app is moving slowly because people are concerned about their privacy. “I think the challenge is that aggregating by location clearly might provide some really useful information. But there are a whole lot of social norms that can be stressed, by even public information.” said Jules Polonetsky, director of Future of Privacy Forum.

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