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Seattle man used phantom business to steal thousands from food stamp funds

A Seattle man is due in court on Tuesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from “food stamp” holders through his company, but it’s unclear whether the business exists or if he’s even in Washington state. KIRO-TV reported on Friday that 58-year-old John A. Comoza is due in court on…

European Union rips Russia for scaring Ukraine out of trade pact

EU leaders slammed Russia on Friday for meddling in its affairs after Ukraine rejected a landmark accord with the European Union designed to draw the ex-Soviet state into the Western fold. The snub by Ukraine highlighted a worsening EU-Russia tug-of-war over former Soviet satellites in eastern Europe. “The times of…

Venezuela’s Maduro threatens shopkeepers in ongoing ‘economic war’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Friday to arrest shopkeepers who defy government price controls, the latest salvo in a populist “economic war” ahead of key municipal elections. Maduro delivered the warning in a nationally televised address that laid the ground for tougher enforcement of a three-week-old crackdown on actions seen…

52 killed in Iraq as fears mount of a return to sectarian warfare

A wave of violence Friday killed 52 people in Iraq, most of whom were kidnapped and shot dead with their corpses abandoned, in scenes harking back to Iraq’s sectarian war. The killings come amid a surge in violence that has left more than 600 people dead this month, including several…

Tennessee man shoots and kills wife after argument over dead man’s shoes

A 70-year-old Tennessee man told authorities he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his wife following an argument over her dead father’s shoes. The Columbia Daily Herald reported on Friday that James L. Cothran has not been charged yet in connection with the death of 59-year-old Patricia M.…

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s ex-husband has ‘no proof’ she took drugs

Multi-millionaire art dealer Charles Saatchi told a British court Friday he had no proof that his celebrity chef ex-wife Nigella Lawson took drugs — but admitted he had sent an email claiming she was “off her head”. Saatchi, 70, said he was “utterly bereft” that a private email he sent…

China scrambles jets after U.S. and Japan enter air zone

China on Friday scrambled fighter jets to monitor a dozen US and Japanese military aircraft which entered its new air defence zone, state media said. Beijing’s announcement last weekend of the air defence identification zone, which covers islands at the centre of a dispute between China and Japan, has raised…

Police helicopter crashes ‘like a stone’ into Glasgow pub

A helicopter believed to be operated by the police crashed into the roof of a pub in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday, causing multiple injuries, lawmakers and witnesses said. Firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to the Clutha pub after the accident, which happened while the pub was full…

U.S. citizen imprisoned in Dubai over ‘gangsta’ parody video

A U.S citizen and former Minnesota resident has been in jail in Dubai since April 2013 for a video he made last year about poking fun at a group of suburban would-be tough guys. KARE-TV reported that 29-year-old Shezanne Cassim was accused by authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)of…

Astronomy community rallies behind ‘Zombie comet’ ISON

Zombie comet: Is Comet ISON really dead? Maybe not. (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Comet ISON (l.) approaches the sun on Nov. 25. The comet appeard to break up when it rounded the sun on Thanksgiving Day, but scientists are grateful that new data are suggesting it survived.(NASA/AP) As…

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