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Bloomberg Businessweek draws fire for publishing ‘racist’ cover

The magazine Bloomberg Businessweek has gone too far in publishing its latest cover, say some media watchers. The image was paired with a story about the risks of repeating the mistakes that led to the housing bubble and the collapse of world financial markets in 2008. The Feb. 21 Businessweek cover…

‘Violence Against Women Act’ clears House despite Republican opposition

A grand total of 87 House Republicans broke away from their party on Thursday to join with Democrats in passing the Senate’s bipartisan extension of the Violence Against Women Act (PDF) by a vote of 286 to 138. All 138 votes in opposition were cast by Republican legislators, with six…

Pelosi rips into Boehner’s desire to ‘pink slip’ Americans in budget negotiations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday blamed Republicans for doing nothing to stop automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester, which she said would disproportionately impact women and that Americans “might as well get a pink slip” directly from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “Tomorrow is fraught with…

Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 charges but denies ‘aiding the enemy’

Soldier admits guilt in lesser crimes that carry up to 20 years in prison while denying most serious charges against him Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to having been the source of the massive WikiLeaks dump of US state secrets, though he has denied the most serious charge against him that he “aided…

New iPad app allows users to virtually try on glasses in 3-D

Jonathan Coon turned heads Wednesday with iPad software that lets people try on sunglasses by manipulating 3-D images of themselves from the neck up. The founder of discount prescription lens company 1-800 Contacts used a TED Conference known for luring the technology savvy to introduce a service intended to let…

Forensic scientists: King Richard the Lionheart had mummified heart

Forensic scientists on Thursday announced they had delved into the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, finding chemical evidence that the remains of England’s Crusader king were handled with holy reverence. Reduced to dust by eight centuries, the heart of the legendary warrior was analysed by modern lab technology. It…

Backers of alleged Israeli spy to protest ahead of Obama’s visit

Israeli supporters of Jonathan Pollard, the American jailed as an Israeli spy, plan protests calling for his release ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit next month an organiser said on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem city council moved to award a medal to Pollard, who is serving a life sentence. “We…

White House reveals ‘threat’ Bob Woodward claims he received from staffer wasn’t a threat at all

A rhetorical threat allegedly issued to veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward by a top White House official turns out to be not quite what the press first made of it, according to emails obtained by Politico. Woodward, one half of the journalistic duo credited with inspiring the resignation of…

New smartphone extension helps you find your lost cat

Lost your cat? Your grandmother? Or are you injured in a car crash, unable to call for help because your phone battery is dead? Never fear, a mobile solution is near. Inventors and manufacturers at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona showed off new inventions to make the ubiquitous…

International Monetary Fund: ‘Sequester’ cuts will slow global economic growth

The broad US “sequester” spending cuts that take effect beginning Friday will slow growth in the world’s biggest economy and hit the global economy, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. “There will be an impact on global growth,” IMF spokesman Bill Murray said. “We’ll have to reevaluate our growth forecast…

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