At Least 68 Dead: Kenyan soldiers have closed in on the mall where alleged Islamist terrorists killed at least 68 people and took hostages. After three days, while it still remains unclear how many gunmen and hostages are left inside the mall, officials believe most of the hostages have been released.
Hunger Strike: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot says, she's going on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions.
“On September 23 I am going on hunger strike,” Tolokonnikova wrote in the letter given to Lenta.ru by her husband Pyotr Verzilov. “I refuse to take part in the camp’s slave labor until prison colony bosses start obeying the law and treating the convicted women like humans, rather than as cattle ejected from the legal world to operate sewing machines.”
In her letter, Tolokonnikova, 23, paints a grim picture of life in her prison colony in Russia’s republic of Mordovia, alleging inmates are forced to work 17-hour days, permitted to sleep for only four hours a night, deprived of toilet access, washing facilities and food, and suffer regular beatings sanctioned by the prison authorities.
A New, Life-Saving Flu Vaccine?: "Scientists have discovered the 'blue print' for a revolutionary universal flu vaccine that could protect against all strains of seasonal influenza – even new deadly new viruses never encountered before."
YAY, HUMANITY: An O.C. high school crowned a transgender student homecoming queen. "'She was stunned. She kind of broke down on the podium. She was shocked. She cried a lot.' Students started chanting her name and then ran down to give her a hug, [the school district spokesman] said." HEARTWARMING.
BOO, HUMANITY: Prabhjot Singh, an assistant professor at Columbia who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times last year about hate crimes against American Sikhs, was attacked by a group of teens this weekend. "I heard 'Get Osama' and then 'terrorists,' and then the next thing I felt was someone moving past me, ripping at my beard and then hitting me in the chin." He suffered a fractured jaw that required surgery. UGH.