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Hawaiian woman with 36-character last name wins ID card battle

Janice ‘Lokelani’ Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele happy to get new driving licence after transport officials changed policy A woman from Hawaii whose last name is 36 characters long has finally managed to get the whole thing to fit on her driving license – after transport officials gave in and changed their policy. Janice…

Goldman Sachs senior staff received $4.5 million pay deal on average in 2012 — up 50 percent from 2011

Company reveals figures for 115 senior bankers under new European Union rules, as Brussels cap on bonuses begins Senior staff at Goldman Sachs in London received average pay deals of £2.7m in 2012 – a 50% rise on 2011 – the company disclosed on Monday, shedding fresh light on the…

Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul

The billionaire mayor is a series of pluses and minuses that never quite add up. Let’s hope some of the city’s funky grit returns now It’s the eve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s exodus from New York City’s top office after three terms, and I have such mixed feelings about him.…

Rupert Murdoch: 10 reasons he’ll be back and stronger than ever in 2014

The media mogul hit a rough patch. But he’ll look to strengthen the News Corp empire in the new year and likely thrive Rupert Murdoch has confounded his biographers, helped cause the breakdown of his second and third marriages, and aggravated his children to no end by his refusal to…

Home Depot founder worries Pope Francis neither loves nor understands rich Americans

In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Home Depot founder and devout Catholic Ken Langone said that the Pope’s statements about capitalism have left many potential “capitalist benefactors” wary of donating to the Church or its fundraising projects. According to Langone, an anonymous, “potential seven-figure donor” for the Church’s restoration…

Judge temporarily prevents hospital from removing Jahi McMath from life support

On Monday night, mere hours before the hospital was to remove her from life support, a judge in California extended a temporary restraining order in the case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after routine tonsil surgery earlier this month. The hospital must now wait…

Ariel Castro’s neighbor, Elias Acevedo, pleads guilty to raping his 3 daughters, murder

In Cleveland on Monday, convicted sex offender Elias Acevedo Sr. pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder and 295 other counts related to kidnapping and the chronic sexual abuse of his three daughters. Acevedo was convicted, in part, on DNA evidence from rape kits that were only tested in…

North Dakota white supremacist Craig Cobb’s bail on terrorizing charges set at $1 million

The North Dakota white supremacist currently facing terrorizing charges has had his bail set at $1 million. The judge in the case said that it was wrong to deny Cobb bond, as had happened earlier this week, but set his bail prohibitively high because Cobb has fled to Canada when…

Conservative groups mistake academic study of romance novels for ‘government-funded porn’

According to The Daily Caller‘s Patrick Howley, “Obama’s federal government funded [a] hardcore porn project.” Conservative groups are already lining up to protest the “Popular Romance Project.” “We are appalled that the federal government would use taxpayer funds to promote pornography,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of Morality in Media.…

Atheist group’s sign repeatedly vandalized in Chicago-area park

A sign installed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) outside of Chicago has been vandalized. The sign, which reads “[l]et reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds,” was erected in…

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