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We’re undergoing a relaunch tonight. So while we’re working behind the scenes to make sure everything is working right, please enjoy this classic mash-up:…

White Mississippi teen pleads not guilty in black man’s death

(Reuters) – A white Mississippi teenager pleaded not guilty on Friday to a capital murder charge stemming from the fatal hit-and-run of a black man in a motel parking lot. A judge ordered Deryl Dedmon, 19, to stand trial on January 9 and gave prosecutors until November 1 to decide…

Rare flu-like virus on the rise: U.S.

A rare virus has killed three people and sickened nearly 100 in Japan, the Philippines, the United States and the Netherlands over the past two years, US health authorities said Friday. The culprit is human enterovirus 68 (HEV68), and its respiratory symptoms can be particularly dangerous to children, the US…

California desert drug bust nets $22.6 mln in marijuana

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A record 14 tons of marijuana, valued at over $22.6 million, was seized in the California desert at a checkpoint roughly 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Friday. Agents found the marijuana in 1,100 bundles concealed inside a tractor-trailer, marking the…

World stocks post worst quarter in 3 years

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global stocks closed their worst quarter in nearly three years on Friday on nagging concerns about the world economy and the lack of a credible solution to Europe’s debt crisis. The euro and most commodity prices also fell as investors’ search for safety drove up U.S.…

U.S. dismisses Iran’s nuclear offer as ‘empty promises’

Iran’s offer offer to halt production of low enriched uranium is not credible because the Islamic republic has a record of making “empty promises,” the United States said Friday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told The New York Times last week that his country had offered to stop its production of…

Arab Spring, Obama, China: Nobel committee chair speaks out

The Norwegian Nobel Committee met Friday to pick the 2011 peace prize winner, with the committee chair telling AFP this year’s choice was a relatively easy one, amid speculation Arab Spring actors could win. “It has not been particularly difficult this year (to decide on a winner),” Thorbjoern Jagland said…

Protesters declare sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square launched a sit-in on Friday following a rally to reclaim the revolution amid anger over the military rulers’ handling of the transition. Thousands had flocked to the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February to demand an end to military trials of…

Protesters march on NYPD headquarters

NEW YORK — About 2,000 anti-corporate demonstrators marched Friday from a protest camp they have occupied near Wall Street to the headquarters of the New York Police Department. The noisy but peaceful rally was the largest since anti-Wall Street activists occupied a small park in lower Manhattan two weeks ago…

Nestle designs TV ad to appeal directly to dogs

GENEVA — The world’s biggest food company Nestle is seeking to conquer the dog food market with special advertising targeted at men’s best friend. “Nestle Purina has created the first-ever television commercial especially for dogs,” it said in a statement. “The TV commercial to be screened on Austrian television uses…

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