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Man survives plunge into Niagara Falls

MONTREAL — A man who leaped into Niagara Falls survived but has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said Tuesday. The unidentified man was rescued around noon on Monday about two hours after witnesses reported seeing him scale a protective wall at the popular tourist attraction and “deliberately jump” into…

British Parliament to probe ex-Murdoch aides over hacking

LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday referred three former executives of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to their standards committee over claims they misled parliament over the phone-hacking scandal. A damning report by parliament’s influential culture committee had accused the three former aides this month of deliberately misleading its members during…

U.S. will judge Iran on ‘actions’ after IAEA deal

WASHINGTON — The United States gave a cool reception Tuesday to a mooted deal between the IAEA and Iran, saying the agreement marked a “step forward” but stating that Tehran would be judged on its actions. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said upon returning from Tehran that he…

Bomb found before Colombian ex-president’s speech

BUENOS AIRES — Authorities found and deactivated a bomb Tuesday at a theater in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires where former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was to deliver a speech, officials said. “During an inspection, security personnel found the bomb in a lamp in the theater. It is of the…

Dell profit plunges on disappointing sales

SAN FRANCISCO — US computer maker Dell on Tuesday reported a 33 percent drop in profits in a disappointing quarterly report for former market leader. The company, which has slipped to third place in the global PC market, said its profit in the first fiscal quarter fell to $635 million.…

American Express plants money trees in ‘Farmville’

SAN FRANCISCO — American Express on Tuesday began letting lovers of Zynga games plant money trees on “Farmville” acreage. The financial services titan known for high-status credit cards unveiled an alliance with the San Francisco based social games star. Players of Zynga’s popular “FarmVille” will be able to earn in-game…

Oil prices drop in the face of stronger U.S. dollar

Oil recoiled Tuesday, hit by profit-taking and the stronger dollar on the eve of an informal meeting in Brussels where the eurozone’s crippling sovereign debt crisis will top of the agenda. Financial markets were also under pressure after Fitch slashed Japan’s credit rating by two notches on Tuesday, citing its…

Presidential foundation threatens legal action over Reagan blood vial auction

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is threatening legal action to prevent a vial of the late US president’s blood being sold in an online auction, calling it a “craven act.” The foundation’s executive director John Heubusch voiced outrage over the sale of the blood — dating from the 1981 assassination…

Nigerian roadside barbecue shacks thrive in the midst of Islamist insurgency

The fire burns and the smoke rises in this violence-torn Nigerian city, but the sweet smell that follows makes clear there is no reason to be afraid — unless you are vegetarian. “The people here have high culinary taste,” 32-year-old Isa Jaja explained while trimming fat off a slab of…

36 more arrested in Quebec student protests

Police in Quebec arrested 36 protesters in the latest demonstrations over plans to raise university tuition hikes, authorities said Tuesday. The demonstrations, which took place in the town of Sherbrooke late Monday, could result in fines of between $1,000 and $5,000, according to authorities, who said about 100 protesters, mostly…

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