Asbestos victims file 6.6 billion yen class action lawsuit in Tokyo

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Construction workers and next of kin of deceased workers filed a lawsuit in Tokyo, Japan Friday seeking damages of approximately 6.6 billion yen (about US$64 million) from the government and manufacturers related to illnesses stemming from exposure to asbestos. 178 plaintiffs; including construction workers and family members filed the suit in…

SpaceX scrubs Falcon I rocket launch

Monday, November 28, 2005 TacSat-1 spacecraft, which was supposed to be the successor to the Falcon I SpaceX called off the much-delayed inaugural launch of their new Falcon 1 rocket on Saturday from Kwajalein’s Omelek Island launch site. The intent was to launch the U.S. Air Force Academy’s FalconSat 2 satellite, which will monitor plasma…

Canada’s York West (Ward 7) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details. Monday, October 30, 2006 On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is York West (Ward 7). One candidate responded to Wikinews’ requests for…

Wikinews interviews Frugalware Linux founder

Thursday, April 6, 2006 The Frugalware Development Team describes ­­Frugalware as a general purpose Linux distribution, designed for intermediate users who are not afraid of text mode. Frugalware also plans to offer a live CD with desktop options, to be developed by one of its teams. A live CD enables running the Linux software on…

Wikinews Shorts: December 7, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, December 7, 2008. Contents 1 ‘Progress’ seen in US auto bailout deal 2 Ghana to hold elections 3 Archbishop of York says Mugabe must be overthrown 4 Scandal-ridden Congressman loses delayed election Officials say that progress is being made in a deal to bail out three United States…

Researcher claims solution to P vs NP math problem

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Vinay Deolalikar, a mathematician who works for HP Labs, claims to have proven that P is not equal to NP. The problem is the greatest unsolved problem in theoretical computer science and is one of seven problems in which the Clay Mathematics Institute has offered million dollar prizes to the solutions.…

Government of Zimbabwe forces thousands out of their homes

Sunday, June 5, 2005 200,000 people living around Harare, Zimbabwe have been evicted from their homes, which have been targeted in a demolition programme by the government. Most have been forced to sleep out in the open while rental prices in the city have skyrocketed. The operations have targeted at least six Harare suburbs: Hatcliff…