From the Wires

Former French president asks for Facebook donations

BBC: Nicolas Sarkozy has asked for donations in a Facebook appeal to help his cash-strapped conservative UMP party.

India launches cheap food program to woo voters

Reuters:  Allocating $22 billion in food welfare to benefit hundreds of millions of citizens, the ruling Congress party of India hopes to win a third term next May.

Soccer ball powers three-hour light

CBSnews: Soccket, an energy-storing soccer ball that creates enough power after 30 minutes of play it can power a light for three hours.

Climate extremes unprecedented

BBC: The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

Tiffany's VP swipes $1.3 million in jewelry

New York Daily News: A Tiffany & Co. VP who was fired in February faces federal charges of stealing diamond bracelets, platinum earrings and other jewelry worth $1.3 million from the company's flagship store.

Bugs to be earth's last survivors

BBC: The last surviving creatures on Earth will be tiny organisms living deep underground, according to scientists.

Gabby Gifford shoots gun while on tour

CNN:  The former Arizona Congresswoman was on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

Volcanoes sink after big earthquakes

Yahoo News: New studies indicate that huge earthquakes can diminish the height of nearby volcanoes.

Squirrel cuts power to 9000 in Portland

KOIN: A squirrel is responsible for a power outage that is affecting more than 9,000 Multnomah County PGE customers.

Performer dies in Cirque du Soleil accident

CBSnews: A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.

Arizona fire kills 19 firefighters

Reuters: They died while fighting the blaze threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles north-west of Phoenix.

Paypal launches galactic payments

Washington Post: Despite the lack of human settlement of other planets or even commercial space travel, Paypal wants to get a jump on potentially lucrative payments beyond Earth.

Tour impossible to win without doping, Armstrong says

CBSnews: The statement, released in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, coincides with the 100th edition of cycling's showcase race.