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Toyota to ship U.S.-built cars to Russia and Ukraine

Toyota will begin exporting US-built cars to Russia and Ukraine in the coming months, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday. The announcement comes after Toyota’s US exports hit a new record by jumping 45 percent to more than 124,000 vehicles in 2012. The decision marks the first time Toyota has exported…

Music sales rise globally for the first time since 1999

The music industry announced Tuesday the first lift in global sales since 1999, suggesting that the long-awaited fightback against the digital revolution has begun. Sales rose 0.3 percent to $16.5 billion in 2012, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents some 1,400 record companies worldwide.…

Bipartisan bills would force feds to recognize marijuana’s medical value

Two new bills introduced Monday by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) aim to help medical marijuana patients defend themselves in court and open up new avenues of scientific research into the drug by forcing the federal government to recognize marijuana’s potential for medical value. H.R. 689,…

Flamboyant Australian tycoon unveils plan for Titanic replica

Flamboyant Australian tycoon Clive Palmer unveiled his plan Tuesday for building a perfect replica of the Titanic — plus a lot of extra lifeboats. More than a century after the original, supposedly unsinkable ocean liner hit an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic, Palmer thinks the time has…

Former British prime minister Tony Blair: ‘Ugly’ Iraq decision is ‘not nearly’ what he hoped

Former British prime minister Tony Blair admitted on Tuesday that the situation in Iraq is “not nearly” what he hoped it would be when Britain joined the US-led invasion to depose Saddam Hussein ten years ago. He said he had made the best of an “ugly” choice between taking action…

Drunk Texas man shoots girlfriend during game of ‘quick draws’

The Argyle Police Department in Texas recently arrested a man from Corral City after he admitted shooting his girlfriend while the couple was drinking and playing a game of “quick draws.” At first, the 53-year-old woman told police that she had had been cleaning her .44-caliber Ruger Vaquero when she…

Drone war concerns go far beyond the killing of American citizens

By Cora Currier and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens 2013 a narrow issue that accounts for…

Deepwater trial: Oil spill a ‘classic failure’ of BP management

Former BP consultant describes culture of greed that led to worst oil spill in US history as sprawling civil case continues A culture of “every dollar counts” at BP led to the fatal Deepwater Horizon disaster and the US’s worst ever oil spill, a court heard on Tuesday. Bob Bea, an expert…

Watch live: Obama appeals on budget cuts at Newport ship yard

President Barack Obama speaks to a group of workers at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, highlighting the devastating impact that the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 26. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Coen brothers sign on to write Jolie-directed film about World War II hero

Oscar-winning film-makers will rewrite initial draft of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s tale of US war hero Lou Zamperini The Coen brothers are to work on the screenplay for Unbroken, a historical drama about American second world war hero Lou Zamperini that will be Angelina Jolie‘s next film as director, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-winning film-makers…

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