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Prosecutors drop bigamy charges against Nelson Mandela’s grandson

South Africa’s state prosecutor said Tuesday that charges of grave tampering and bigamy have been dropped against Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, who had been embroiled in a bitter family feud. In July, Mandla Mandela was charged with tampering with the graves of some of his famous grandfather’s children, after exhuming…

Not a belieber: Mexico says Justin Bieber lied about meeting President Nieto

Sorry Justin Bieber, Mexico’s president is apparently not a belieber. The Canadian pop star’s controversy-filled tour of Latin America took a new twist in Mexico after Bieber’s claim that he met with President Enrique Pena Nieto was swiftly denied by the government. Before a Mexico City show late Monday, Bieber,…

Tesla Motors seeks to annihilate ‘false perception’ about fire risk of electric cars

A US government agency said Tuesday it was investigating fires in Tesla electric vehicles, as the company ordered modifications aimed at reducing what it called a negligible risk. The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came after Tesla requested such a probe, saying it wanted to quash any…

Amsterdam offers chronic alcoholics free beer if they clean up the streets

At nine o’clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand. For a day’s work, the men receive 10 euros (around $13), a half-packet of rolling tobacco and, most…

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ over lacking climate action

United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he was ‘deeply concerned’ that countries were not doing enough to limit global warming. “I am deeply concerned that the scale of our action is still insufficient to limit the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius (3.6 deg Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial…

The Ur-Debate Over Health Care

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This clip from Chris Hayes’ show on Friday is the smartest thing I’ve seen about the ongoing battle over health care reform. It’s been frustrating watching people who really ought to know better give credence to the disinformation…

Maddow: Cheney family drama is messier than the Kardashians

On Monday night, Rachel Maddow compared Liz Cheney’s fight to win a seat in the U.S. Senate in Wyoming to messy reality TV family the Kardashians. Maddow played video of the three Kardashian daughters heatedly arguing as a lead into discussing the fact that Liz Cheney and her sister Mary…

First-ever municipal abortion ban vote in Albuquerque on Tuesday could spark national trend

In what could be a new strategy for anti-choice Christian groups, Albuquerque voters are heading to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the new restrictions, doctors would not be able to perform so-called late-term abortions within the city limits. The…

Democratic state lawmaker Creigh Deeds stabbed, son shot dead in Virginia

Democratic state Senator Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after being stabbed on Tuesday morning, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His 24-year-old son Gus was also fatally shot. State police were called to the lawmakers home in Bath County around 7:25 a.m.…

Colbert: Obamacare doesn’t work, so ‘BURN THE GAYS!’

On Monday night, Stephen Colbert threw in his lot with President Barack Obama’s detractors, saying that the difficulties rolling out the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” — mean that the whole project to insure the uninsured and needy is a fool’s errand and that liberalism is dead.…

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