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Zorro to crusade again in futuristic film

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal will wield the sword of Zorro in a futuristic version of the classic story about the masked crusader, according to the film industry magazine Variety. Unlike previous versions, the new movie, “Zorro Reborn,” will not take place during Spanish colonial times in California or Mexico.…

Birth control debate exposes divide between bishops and Catholics

(Reuters) – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a powerful institution, at least on paper. But a recent debate over contraception coverage has exposed a deep divide between the 271 active bishops and the rank-and-file U.S. Catholics who are supposed to follow their moral authority. It also has raised…

Warren: Birth control battle ‘why people really hate politics’

Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception. In response to a White House proposal, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has proposed a rule that would allow…

China’s Xi woos U.S. heartland as Romney attacks

DES MOINES, Iowa — China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping reached out to heartland America Thursday with billions of dollars in farm deals, as Republican Mitt Romney slammed the “prosperous tyranny” of Beijing. China’s vice president, who is expected to lead the rising Asian power for a decade starting next year, hopped…

Thousands stranded as Australian airline goes bust

SYDNEY — Budget carrier Air Australia collapsed Friday, stranding thousands of passengers as its domestic flights and international services to Honolulu, Bali and Phuket were all grounded. The news came a day after embattled Australian flagcarrier Qantas said it was slashing at least 500 jobs, cutting costs and closing two…

Libya marks revolution day as leader issues warning

BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya began celebrating on Friday the first anniversary of the uprising against Moamer Kadhafi, with fireworks and slogans, even as its new leader vowed to act firmly against further instability. The former rebels who, backed by NATO, toppled Kadhafi last year set up fresh check-points in the…

Twitter revamps to connect the world

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter announced it has finished rolling out overhauled pages crafted to boost the appeal of the message-sharing service to users around the world. “At the very core there are fewer places you have to click and less you have to learn,” Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said as…

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine denies endorsing Santorum

In a statement sent to CNN, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine on Thursday denied endorsing former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for President of the United States. “Contrary to how some people have interpreted my words, I have not endorsed any presidential candidate,” he said. “I hope to see a Republican in…

Air marshals to be reorganized amid internal problems

WASHINGTON — The Federal Air Marshal Service is being reorganized to avoid the kinds of personnel problems described in a recent government report, witnesses at a congressional hearing said Thursday. The service is a branch of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that oversees security on airline flights, and includes undercover…

Facebook dabbles with validating user identity

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday began testing a way for celebrities, journalists, athletes and others with massive followings to have their identities validated at the globally popular online social network. “The new process enables people to verify their identities by submitting a government issued ID,” Facebook said in an…

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