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Arizona killer who asked for speedy execution found dead in cell

PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona death row inmate who wrote to the state Supreme Court asking for a speedy execution died on Wednesday after being found unresponsive in his cell, authorities said. Dale Hausner, dubbed the “Serial Shooter,” was sentenced to die by lethal injection four years ago for gunning down four men and two…

Obama challenges Russia to agree to deeper nuclear weapon cuts

By Roberta Rampton and Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama used a speech in Berlin on Wednesday to call on Russia to revive the push for a world without nuclear weapons, offering to cut deployed nuclear arsenals by a third, but Moscow immediately poured scorn on his…

John Oliver can’t believe Putin’s amazingly ballsy and blatant theft of Superbowl ring

Wednesday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver mocked President Barack Obama’s troubled overseas trip. He was particularly entertained by the claim that Vladimir Putin boldly stole a Superbowl ring from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, suggesting it could explain the current tensions between Obama and the Russian…

Co-founder of Minutemen border patrol group arrested on child sex charges

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – The co-founder of the Minutemen civilian border patrol group that for several years watched for unauthorized immigrants crossing to Arizona from Mexico, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of molesting three young girls. Chris Simcox, 52, who co-founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps in…

World’s poorest will feel brunt of climate change, warns World Bank

Millions of people around the world are likely to be pushed back into poverty because climate change is undermining economic development in poor countries, the World Bank has warned. Droughts, floods, heatwaves, sea-level rises and fiercer storms are likely to accompany increasing global warming and will cause severe hardship in…

Microsoft reverses course with Xbox One after gamer backlash

Microsoft handed gamers a victory by backing off plans for new-generation Xbox One consoles to require Internet connections and put restrictions on playing second-hand game disks. Microsoft interactive entertainment business president Don Mattrick on Wednesday announced in a blog post that the US technology titan was surrendering in the face…

‘Spanking for Jesus’ movement lets God-fearing husbands feel good about punishing their wives

What happens when you combine Fifty Shades of Grey with fundamentalist Christianity? “Spanking for Jesus” — or a movement known as Christian Domestic Discipline. The alternative lifestyle fell into the media spotlight on Wednesday thanks to The Daily Beast and Jezebel. Both publications detailed the household arrangement, in which men…

Dianne Feinstein: Stop force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged the Pentagon on Wednesday to stop force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and called the practice “out of step” with medical ethics and international norms. Feinstein, a California Democrat who chairs…

Actor James Gandolfini of ‘The Sopranos’ dies in Italy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the acclaimed HBO cable television series “The Sopranos,” has died while vacationing in Rome, the network said on Wednesday. Gandolfini, who was 51, died of a possible heart attack,…

Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday voiced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s top international trade nominee because of a secretive free trade agreement. “I am deeply concerned about the transparency record of the U.S. Trade Representative and with one ongoing trade agreement in particular — the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” she…

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