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UNITED STATES

Man breaks sheriff’s leg

A North Carolina man who authorities say has mixed-martial arts training is in jail after he broke the leg of a sheriff and hit emergency personnel. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that 21-year-old Logan Pederson of Corapeake faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence and felony assault. Authorities said emergency personnel responded to a wreck in Gates County, about 240km northeast of Raleigh, on June 1. Investigators say when a paramedic attempted to treat Pederson, he hit her and also struck a firefighter with an elbow to the head. He also spit on officers. Authorities said that as Sheriff Ed Webb led Pederson in handcuffs to take an alcohol test, he put the sheriff in a wrestling hold and broke his leg. “Anything he could do to be hateful, he did it,” Webb said.

UNITED STATES

Einstein Letters on sale

The Einstein Letters, which include more than two dozen missives by Albert Einstein, were to go up for sale yesterday at the California-based auction house Profiles in History. Some were in English and others in German. Some were done in longhand, others on typewriters. Amassed over decades by a private collector, the letters represent one of the largest caches of Einstein’s personal writings ever offered for sale.More than that, they give a rare look into Einstein’s thoughts when he was not discussing complicated scientific theories with his peers, said Joseph Maddalena, founder of Profiles in History. “We all know about what he accomplished, how he changed the world with the theory of relativity,” Maddalena said. “But these letters show the other side of the story. How he advised his children, how he believed in God.” In one letter, Einstein urged one of his sons to get more serious about geometry. In another, he consoled a friend who recently discovered her husband’s infidelity. In still another to an uncle on his 70th birthday, Einstein recalled how the toy steam engine the uncle gave him years ago had prompted a lifelong interest in science. On the issue of God, Einstein dismissed the widely held belief that he was an atheist. “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one,” he wrote to a man who corresponded with him on the subject twice in the 1940s. “You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist... I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”

BRAZIL

Unauthorized bio ban lifted

The Supreme Court on Wednesday removed a ban on unauthorized biographies, long a subject of fierce debate between writers and journalists on one side and music stars on the other. The decision was adopted unanimously by the justices. They deemed the ban unconstitutional “in line with the fundamental rights of freedom of thought and expression, artistic creation and scientific output,” Deputy Chief Justice Carmen Lucia Antunes Rocha said. The controversy erupted in 2007 when “O Rei” (the King) of Brazilian music, Roberto Carlos, won an order demanding the withdrawal from shelves of an unauthorized book about his life. He won the order citing an interpretation of the Civil Code, which stipulates that a person can prohibit the dissemination of writings or pictures of their life if they consider that this is a violation of their honor. However, in Wednesday’s decision, the court reinterpreted two articles of the Civil Code, resulting in the ban being lifted.

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