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Seven workers die of suffocation in Bangladesh garment factory fire

At least seven people have been killed in a fire that swept through a garment factory in the Bangladeshi capital, police said Thursday. “Seven people have died of suffocation,” local police chief Khalilur Rahman told AFP, adding that firefighters extinguished the blaze in the early hours of Thursday. The fire…

Sen. Whitehouse destroys colleague who said God won’t allow climate change

In a nearly 17-minute speech on Wednesday evening, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) blasted an unnamed senator for saying God would protect the Earth from climate change. “I was recently at a Senate hearing where I heard a member of our Senate community say, ‘God won’t allow us to ruin our…

Shell presses ahead with world’s deepest offshore oil well

Royal Dutch Shell is pressing ahead with the world’s deepest offshore oil and gas production facility by drilling almost two miles underwater in the politically sensitive Gulf of Mexico. The move is being viewed in the oil industry as a demonstration of Shell’s confidence that its technology can deliver returns…

Hundreds of neighbors cheer as Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus return home

Two women who were kept for years against their will in an Ohio house finally returned home on Wednesday, as police prepared to charge three brothers in connection with the abductions. Amanda Berry, 27, was brought under police guard to her sister’s home in Cleveland and was welcomed by a…

TechCrunch founder sues ex-girlfriend over rape claims

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend on Tuesday over claims that he raped her in 2012. The lawsuit, obtained by Gawker, accuses Jennifer Allen of “defamation” and “publication in false light.” The lawsuit claims she attempted to “smear plaintiff’s name on the internet, to destroy his…

Connecticut gun rights group smears father of boy killed at Sandy Hook

A small Connecticut gun rights group gained attention on Wednesday after issuing a press release that smeared the father of a boy killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Connecticut Carry released a “rap sheet” of Neil Heslin, listing his multiple arrests for driving under the influence and conviction for felony…

Police hunt California man who gunned down wife and young daughters

US police launched a manhunt Wednesday for a Californian man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters, and warned that he was armed and dangerous. Shane Franklin Miller allegedly shot his 34-year-old wife Sandy and daughters Shelby, eight, and 4-year-old Shasta on Tuesday in Shingletown, 230 miles (370…

Eric Holder defends prosecution against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday denied allegations from Kim Dotcom that the prosecution against the Internet tycoon was launched to appease Hollywood moguls concerned about online piracy. New Zealand-based Dotcom launched a “white paper” to coincide with a visit by Holder to Auckland this week claiming the case…

All-electric automaker Tesla Motors posts first profit

Tesla Motors said Wednesday it posted its first-ever quarterly profit as the electric carmaker beat its own forecasts and surprised market analysts. The California-based firm said it earned a profit of $11 million in the first quarter as revenues rose 83 percent from the prior quarter to $562 million. “Tesla…

Term limits ‘encourage legislative myopia’ and jeopardize fiscal health: study

Conservatives have pushed for term limits to rein in government largesse and a majority of Americans support the idea. But the cure could be worse than the disease. Research by Jeff Cummins, a political science professor at California State University in Fresno, found that term limits for legislators promoted government…

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