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Biden ‘confident’ US can rebuild Brazil ties

June 17, 2014

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US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday after meeting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that he was confident the two countries could improve relations damaged by revelations of American spying. Biden is in Brazil to patch up ties strained by reports…

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Domino’s Pizza refuses to cave in to hackers’ extortion attempt

June 17, 2014

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Domino’s Pizza said Tuesday it had refused to cave in to a 30,000-euro ($41,000) extortion attempt by hackers who said they had stolen the personal data of 600,000 of its customers. The pizza delivery giant told affected French and Belgian clients Friday…

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Fed meets with eyes on policy forecasts

June 17, 2014

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The Federal Reserve should keep US monetary policy unchanged in a two-day meeting beginning Tuesday, but analysts will look for any hint on changes to the trajectory for interest rates. Even if the current policy is locked in place — keeping the benchmark…

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IMF says Italy recovery ‘fragile’, needs bold reforms

June 17, 2014

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Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi must rapidly enact labour reforms and clean up corruption to boost weak growth in the eurozone’s third-biggest economy, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. Despite a pickup in private consumption and exports…

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Iraq sacks top officers as UN warns of break-up

June 17, 2014

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Iraq’s prime minister fired several top security commanders in a major shake-up Tuesday as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking the country up. Washington deployed some 275 military personnel to protect…

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S.Africa’s Zuma targets economy in keynote address

June 17, 2014

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Besieged South African President Jacob Zuma made his first public appearance in 10 days Tuesday to deliver a state of the nation address pledging “radical socio-economic transformation”. Zuma, 72, who was hospitalised for two days for fatigue and tests…

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UN rights chief calls time on caste-based sex attacks

June 17, 2014

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UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice. “Women from stigmatised castes suffer the double assault of caste-based and gender-based discrimination,” Pillay…

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Extreme Weather: Double-Tornado Rips Through Nebraska

June 17, 2014

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Twisters touch down in Nebraska and Iowa, apparently killing at least one.

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Russian gas cut ticking time bomb, not immediate threat

June 17, 2014

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Russia’s decision to cut gas supplies to Ukraine carries few immediate risks for European consumers, analysts say, with plenty of gas already in storage and little demand during summer. After two previous cut-offs, Europe has been seeking to diversify…

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Alex Jones and gun advocate Larry Pratt: Obama training military to attack the Tea Party

June 16, 2014

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt speculated this week that President Barack Obama is training the military to attack members of the Tea Party. Right Wing Watch reported that Pratt was appearing on Jones’…

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Oregon school shooter’s journal reveals he was devout Mormon out to kill ‘sinners’

June 16, 2014

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The diary of the 15-year-old Oregon high schooler who shot and killed a classmate and injured a teacher before turning the gun on himself revealed that the teen was a religious fundamentalist who was out to kill “sinners.” According to the New York…

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FL woman kidnaps daughter to prevent her from being vaccinated, studying black history

June 16, 2014

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A woman from Sunrise, Florida is now wanted on federal charges that she kidnapped her daughter in order to prevent her from being vaccinated and learning about black history. Last April, Broward Circuit Judge Steven Feren granted dual custody of Lilly…

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California declares whooping cough epidemic after staggering increase in cases

June 16, 2014

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Health officials in California have declared an epidemic of pertussis, commonly known as the whooping cough, following a sharp increase in cases diagnosed this month, Latin Post reported. The California Department of Public Health said in a statement…

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Laura Ingraham: Cantor lost because he doesn’t think trading Jewish rep. to Taliban is funny

June 16, 2014

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday argued that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) — the only Jewish Republican in Congress — had lost his seat because he couldn’t “take a joke” after she suggested trading him to the Taliban…

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Fox News freaks out over 4Chan hoax that feminists are plotting to end Father’s Day

June 16, 2014

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The host of Fox & Friends on Sunday fell for an Internet hoax that feminists had hatched a plot for bringing down Father’s Day, and possibly “ending men” altogether. As Death and Taxes reported on Friday, pranksters at the website 4Chan had created…

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Atheist teacher claims Indiana school fired him for refusal to pray to ‘mystical sky daddy’

June 16, 2014

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A high school German teacher in Middlebury, Indiana claims he was fired for complaining about the religious environment at the charter school where he taught, The Goshen News reported Sunday. According to the complaint Kevin Pack filed with the Equal…

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Supreme Court: Gun buyers must report when they purchase firearms for someone else

June 16, 2014

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On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld two lower court decisions requiring that so-called “straw purchasers” to report when they are purchasing guns for other people. The “straw purchaser” in the case was Bruce James Abramski, who purchased a Glock…

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Illinois man shoots ex-wife, her boyfriend in head as 100 people watch at high school reunion

June 16, 2014

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An Illinois man reportedly fatally shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend at a high school reunion in East Peoria over the weekend before being killed by an off-duty FBI officer. WEEK reported that 33-year-old Lori A. Moore and her boyfriend, 36-year…

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Pistol-packing people of Walmart: Indiana man charged after gun goes off in checkout line

June 16, 2014

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An Indiana man was arrested Sunday morning after he accidentally fired his handgun while shopping at Walmart. Jasper police said 65-year-old Kenneth Pirtle told them he reached into his front shirt pocket in the store’s checkout area to grab something…

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Fox News: Iraq violence proves Bush was right about ‘pretty much everything’

June 16, 2014

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A Monday segment on Fox News asserted that President George W. Bush — who invaded Iraq under false pretenses, and then signed the agreement to withdraw all U.S. troops by 2012 — had been right all along because ISIS, an al Qaeda splinter group,…

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