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Carnegie Mellon University trustee accused of laundering millions for drug cartel

Marco Antonio Delgado, a prominent Texas attorney and former trustee at Carnegie Mellon University, appeared in an El Paso court on Thursday to face charges that he conspired with a Mexican drug cartel to launder more than $600 million. The Department of Homeland Security did not name the cartel he’s…

Minn. pastor arrested for sexual assault during ‘ex-gay’ therapy

A Minnesota pastor has been arrested for sexually assaulting two gay men while counseling them about their “homosexual tendencies.” Charging documents released this week indicated that 55-year-old Rev. Ryan J. Muehlhauser was accused of eight felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct on at least two men during sessions about…

Foxconn considers opening U.S. factories

Taiwan company’s reportedly evaluating LA and Detroit as site for TV assembly plants owing to rising labour costs at home Foxconn, the controversial Taiwanese manufacturer that has become one of the world’s largest employers thanks to booming demand for the Apple products it assembles, is reportedly planning to open factories…

Obama tears up as he thanks campaign staff: ‘I’m really proud of all of you’

In a video published to YouTube by the Obama campaign, the newly reelected president is featured wiping away tears as he thanks volunteers and campaign aides for their hard work, telling them, “I’m really proud of all of you.” The president explained that when he worked as community organizer in…

Colbert to Maddow: Romney could still win

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert welcomed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and lead anchor for MSNBC’s election night coverage. “Alright, young lady,” Colbert began, “Feeling good? Feeling good over there at MSNBC?” “I love election season!” Maddow enthused. “Every year! No matter…

9-year-old Pakistani girl handed over as ‘compensation’ in rape dispute

Police in Pakistan have arrested five men after a village council ordered a father to hand over his nine-year-old daughter as compensation in a rape case, officers said Friday. A group of elders in the remote rural area of Bahalak in Punjab province made the ruling to settle a year-long…

Bank of France warns of recession

The French economy suffered two setbacks on Friday when the central bank warned of a slight recession and official data said that industrial output fell sharply in September. France is heading for a slight recession at the end of the year, the Bank of France forecast. In another gloomy announcement,…

Japan car sales in China plunge 59.4% in October

Sales of Japanese passenger vehicles in China slumped 59.4 percent on-year in October, a Chinese industry group said Friday, as a territorial row between the countries pummelled demand. Japanese-brand car sales in China — the world’s largest auto market — fell to 98,900 units last month, the China Association of…

Assad says only ‘ballot box’ can decide his future

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his future could only be decided through the ballot box, in an interview with Russian television where he warned the country could face a protracted war. Assad told state-run Russia Today (RT) that whether the president can “stay or leave” is a “popular issue” and…

Hurricane Sandy delays launch party for ‘Titanic II’

The flamboyant Australian mining magnate behind the building of the Titanic II said on Friday a New York gala to unveil plans for the vessel would be delayed out of respect for the victims of super storm Sandy. Clive Palmer said the launch planned to take place on the retired…

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