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Bandmate: Russia could release jailed Pussy Riot members early

Freed Pussy Riot punk Yekaterina Samutsevich vowed to pursue every legal route to free her jailed bandmates, saying there was still a chance the Russian authorities could free the two women early. “The main task is to get Nadya and Masha out,” Samutsevich told AFP in an interview, using the…

Poor families beat eviction in Spain against all odds

The walls of the apartment are cracked and patched with damp, but the faded family photographs of Maria Luisa Brana, her husband and their four children, are still hanging. Eight months ago the five of them — all jobless, like millions in Spain’s recession — faced being thrown out for…

Meg Whitman and 74 top Republicans urge Supreme Court to back marriage equality

Meg Whitman and 74 other top Republican lawmakers and thinkers have signed a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that there is a constitutional right to same sex marriage. The brief will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court before the court hears arguments next month…

Colbert drops character and endorses sister’s run for Congress: ‘She’s sane!’

After jokingly refusing to endorse her congressional candidacy on his show, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert broke down and broke character at a fundraiser he hosted over the weekend to do just that, telling South Carolinians in a video published Monday that he endorses his sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, mostly because…

Colbert: One of these days, the Catholic church will make it 10 days with no sex abuse scandal

On Monday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert took on the sad task of discussing the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic church, and updating his work safety-style “Days since the Catholic Church had a Sex Scandal” sign. “Folks, as you may know, on Thursday, Pope Benedict…

London police pressured women to retract rape claims

A Metropolitan Police sex crimes unit put pressure on women to retract allegations of rape, including against a man who went on to murder two children, the police watchdog said Tuesday. The Sapphire Unit in Southwark, south London, had a “standard operating procedure” in 2008 and 2009 of encouraging the…

Arrested Colorado man threatened lawmaker: ‘Hopefully somebody Gifords both of your asses with a gun’

Denver police arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly threatening a state lawmaker, her daughter and a colleague in a series of voice mails and emails. The Denver Post reported on Monday that Franklin Glenn Sain was arrested on Feb. 22 on suspicion of harassing state Rep. Rhonda Fields (D) and…

World powers exchange offers with Iran in talks to end some trade sanctions

World powers and Iran on Tuesday exchanged offers in crunch talks in Kazakhstan aimed at breaking a decade of deadlock over Tehran’s nuclear drive despite low expectations of any deal. The two-day meeting in the Kazakh city of Almaty comes as sanctions bite against the Islamic republic and Israel still…

Ex-pope will have ‘pontiff emeritus’ title: Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI will have the official title of “pontiff emeritus” after he resigns on Thursday — the first leader of the Catholic Church to do so since the Middle Ages, the Vatican said. Benedict can be addressed as “Your Holiness”, can continue wearing his white papal cassock and will…

Tech giant Qualcomm: ‘Augmented reality’ is more than just ‘digital gimmickry’

From human anatomy and Maxim cover-models to Sesame Street, tech giant says AR is more than a gimmick The problem with augmented reality is its perception as digital gimmickry: a technology in search of a useful application that’s often hijacked for novelty purposes. AR can make cartoon monsters jump out…

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