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Lion found hanging in cage at notorious Indonesian ‘death zoo’

A young African lion has died after getting its head caught in cables in its cage at an Indonesian zoo notorious for hundreds of animal deaths in recent years, it was announced Thursday. The 18-month-old lion named Michael was found early Tuesday at the zoo in Surabaya, in the east…

Charge will be dropped against Steubenville principal if she performs community service

Prosecutors agreed to drop a misdemeanor charge against a Steubenville City Schools principal in a last-minute agreement. Lynnett Gorman was scheduled to stand trial beginning Wednesday on one count of failure to report child abuse in connection with the April 2012 sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl by a group…

Consumer Electronics Show: 3D printing is here to stay

A 3D printing trend playing out at the Consumer Electronics Show bodes a future in which shoes, eyeglass frames, toys and more are printed at home as easily as documents. Music star will.i.am even made a debut here as creative officer for 3D Systems, predicting that the technology will do…

Sea wears away remnants of Normandy’s historic D-Day harbor in Arromanches

Looking out at the Channel from France’s Lower Normandy beaches, there is little reminder today of the harbour built after the D-Day landings of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers that took the Germans by surprise in 1944. Just a handful of large concrete blocks remain of a engineering feat…

Dennis Rodman blames drinking and stress for CNN North Korea tirade

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologised Thursday for his televised outburst about a US missionary detained in North Korea, explaining that he had been stressed and drinking at the time. Rodman was roundly criticised for his angry tirade in an interview with CNN, in which he appeared to suggest that…

Kerry hints at role for Iran in Syrian peace talks

The United States on Sunday appeared for the first time to hold out the possibility that Iran might play a role on the sidelines of a Syria peace conference even if Tehran is not formally invited. At a news conference in Jerusalem, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a…

Dozens of former NYC cops charged in 9/11 disability scam

Dozens of retired New York City police officers were charged on Tuesday in a suspected disability scam in which hundreds are thought to have falsely claimed to have been traumatized by the Sept. 11 terror attacks, rendering them unfit for work. More than 100 people were arrested, including 72 city…

‘Buzzkills’: French researchers discover way to reduce marijuana’s high

Just days after Colorado became the first US state to allow recreational marijuana use, French researchers have reportedly discovered a way to reduce the negative effects of the marijuana “buzz.” On Thursday, French scientists said their work had found that a naturally occurring hormone acts as spontaneous defense in the…

French court approves extradition of exiled Kazakh tycoon to Russia

A French court Thursday approved the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, an opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges by Russia and Ukraine. The former Kazakh energy and trade minister is accused of having stolen billions of dollars in state and investor funds while leading the Kazakh BTA Bank,…

Jon Stewart on Chris Christie’s scandal: ‘You can see Paul Ryan’s b*ner from space’

Jon Stewart doesn’t just host the Daily Show, he’s his own “Senior New Jersey Correspondent,” which placed him in the perfect position on Wednesday to express his disappointment over the suspicious bridge lane closures linked to members of Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration. “Political payback through traffic congestion?” Stewart said…

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