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Hong Kong tops world cities for light pollution

Hong Kong is one of the world’s worst cities for light pollution with night skies around 1,000 times brighter than globally accepted levels, researchers said Wednesday ahead of this year’s Earth Hour event. A study by Hong Kong University found that brightness levels in the southern Chinese city’s popular shopping…

Yahoo buys personal recommendation app Jybe

Yahoo! on Wednesday announced that it has bought Jybe, the startup behind a smartphone application that makes local entertainment or dining recommendations based on what people like. The Jybe team of five employees, all former Yahoo! workers, will return to the fold at the Sunnyvale, California-based firm, according to cloud…

Freddie Mac sues big banks over Libor-rigging scandal

US government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac has sued more than a dozen of the world’s biggest banks over losses from the alleged rigging of the Libor interest rate. Freddie Mac, in a March 14 court filing made public Tuesday, took legal action against Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup,…

London museum showcases singer Bowie’s career

Outrageous costumes and hand-scrawled lyrics are among hundreds of items going on show in a major London retrospective tracing David Bowie’s relentless self-reinventions over five decades. Charting the British singer’s rise to fame and his reincarnations as Ziggy Stardust and other outlandish alter egos, the “David Bowie Is” exhibition has…

French police raid IMF chief Lagarde’s home

French police on Wednesday carried out a raid on the Paris home of IMF chief Christine Lagarde in connection with a probe into her handling of a high-profile scandal when she was a government minister. The investigation concerns Lagarde’s 2007 decision to order a panel of judges to arbitrate in…

Christian radio host: ‘God guided’ History Channel to prove Obama is Satan

A Christian radio host who is dedicated to covering the Second Coming of Jesus Christ says that “God guided” the History Channel to create a Satan character that resembled President Barack Obama. TruNews host Rick Wiles on Wednesday explained that it was not a coincidence that people like radio host…

Virginia gubernatorial candidate slammed for linking slavery and abortion in speech

Virginia Attorney General and presumptive gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) was soundly criticized by both state Democrats and reproductive health advocates following the release of a 2012 speech in which he compared the fight to abolish slavery with anti-abortion policies. Mother Jones reported on Wednesday that in the June 2012…

Original of ‘world’s most popular’ art print sold in London

A picture dubbed the most reproduced fine art print in the world sold at auction in London on Wednesday for almost £1 million, a record for South African artist Vladimir Tretchikoff. “Chinese Girl” was bought by the chairman of Graff Diamonds International, Laurence Graff, for £982,050, Bonhams auctioneers said. “It’s…

Rand Paul aborts his own pro-life views live on CNN

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went on CNN’s “Situation Room” Tuesday evening to discuss the Life at Conception Act, but he ended up surprising the political world by floating a seemingly pro-choice argument. Insisting that “there are thousands of exceptions” to his latest proposal to extend the rights of personhood to…

CVS requires employees to report weight or pay a fine under new health care rules

CVS pharmacy company is requiring all employees to submit detailed health profiles to their insurance company or pay a monthly fine to continue receiving health coverage. According to ABC News, all employees must submit their weight, body fat levels, blood glucose levels and other vital statistics before May 1, 2014,…

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