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Las Vegas eyes turnaround, as Obama bets on recovery

Like “everybody” in 2005, Las Vegas casino worker Jay Nagasako bought his house — for $244,000, thinking it was a one-way bet to wealth and security. This year he sold it for $75,000, losing a fortune but saying: “You have to move on with your life.” In the four years…

Paul Ryan admits Romney pre-debate ‘missteps’

Paul Ryan acknowledged “missteps” Sunday in the Republican presidential campaign, as the party struggled to stay on message regarding expectations for Mitt Romney’s upcoming debate performance. The Republican vice presidential candidate downplayed expectations of Romney’s debate performance, though fellow conservatives insisted the White House challenger would deliver a stellar presentation.…

Gunter Grass hails Israeli nuclear whistleblower in new poem

Nobel prize-winning German author Gunter Grass, declared persona non-grata by Israel over a poem saying it threatened world peace, has published another work critical of the Jewish state. In one of a collection of 87 new pieces, Grass hails whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in jail for leaking…

Supreme Court back on Monday, will hear affirmative action, same-sex marriage and human rights cases this session

The US Supreme Court is back in session Monday to tackle major social issues such as same-sex marriage and affirmative action, as well as a high-profile international human rights case. On its first day back in session, the highest US court will start off by reexamining a suit, alleging complicity…

Afghanistan war claims 2,000th U.S. servicemember

Afghanistan war claims 2,000th US soldier, but pace slowing A possible insider attack has claimed the life of America’s 2,000th soldier to die in Afghanistan. The shooting reportedly took place Saturday evening in Afghanistan’s volatile Wardak Province at a checkpoint run by the Afghan Army. While initial reports indicated that the…

Spanish police attack journalists and anti-austerity protesters

As the Spanish government defends police response to anti-austerity protests surrounding the country’s Parliament building, Russia Times and other outlets reported instances of police violence against both media members and demonstrators. An Associated Press photographer reported seeing police “severely beat” at least one protester Saturday, who had to be hospitalized.…

Amazon under fire over Nazi death camp puzzle

BERLIN — Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of a jigsaw puzzle that depicts ovens at the crematorium at the Nazi death camp of Dachau, a media report said Sunday. “This is a real slap in the face for concentration camp survivors and relatives of…

Shell shuts key pipeline in Nigeria after fire

LAGOS — Shell said Sunday it had shut down a key pipeline damaged by fire after what was suspected to be an attempt to steal crude, a move that would affect some 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Shell’s Nigeria branch had “shut the 28-inch Bomu-Bonny Trunkline after discovering a…

GOP volunteer tells voter: Obama is a Muslim who wants ‘a socialistic country’

A volunteer for the Republican Party of Clay County in Florida was caught on an answering machine falsely claiming that President Barack Obama believes in Islam. During the call, which was first obtained by WMNF community radio, the woman warned that Obama wanted to end Medicare and turn the United…

Singer Justin Bieber filmed puking on-stage

Video surfaced Sunday of pop singer Justin Bieber throwing up in the middle of a performance in Arizona — while his backing track continued to play. According to Digital Spy, the brief clip captures the pop star turning his back to the audience in the middle of the song “Out…

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