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Rep. Rohrabacher compares Iranian exile camp to Auschwitz

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Washington accused US and Iraqi leaders Wednesday of perpetuating appalling conditions for Iranian exiles housed near Baghdad, with one Republican comparing the facilities to Auschwitz. The outrage over the conditions came as the US State Department expressed concern over Iraq’s threatened forced closure of Camp Ashraf,…

Cyclist killed in collision with Olympics shuttle bus

LONDON — A man was killed Wednesday when a bicycle was involved in a collision with an Olympics shuttle bus just outside the site of the Games in London, police said. An AFP reporter saw a man’s legs protruding from under the double decker bus on a slip road outside…

Frank Sinatra’s New York pad goes up for sale

NEW YORK — Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse, where Ol’ Blue Eyes entertained the hell-raising Rat Pack, has gone on the market for $7.7 million. “Occupy Sinatra’s Party Penthouse Night and Day,” the brokers, Rubicon Property, Tweeted. The apartment that Andy Warhol described as a “glittering grotto in the sky”…

Fed sees weaker growth but holds off stimulus

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve downgraded its assessment of the US economy Wednesday, saying growth had slowed, but shied away from launching a fresh round of economic stimulus. “Economic activity decelerated somewhat over the first half of this year,” the Fed said at the conclusion of a two-day top-level meeting…

San Antonio airport evacuated after bomb threat

CHICAGO — About 1,000 people were evacuated from the airport in the US city of San Antonio on Wednesday after the Texas facility received a “credible” bomb threat by telephone, a spokesman said. Passengers and staff were escorted out onto the sweltering tarmac while a bomb squad swept the terminal…

Dead humpback whale found in Sydney ocean pool

A dead humpback whale washed up in a Sydney ocean pool Wednesday, surprising morning swimmers and causing a major headache for authorities who must now remove it. The 11.6 metre (38 foot) young adult humpback, which appeared to have been dead for several days, washed up at Newport beach’s ocean…

Pussy Riot: We’re too hungry and exhausted for trial

Members of an all-girl punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin song in the main Moscow cathedral complained Wednesday they were too hungry and exhausted to participate in the high-profile trial. On the eve of March’s presidential polls, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina barged into the Church of…

Mexican craft beer booming while big chains go corporate

Mexico is teaming with new craft beer companies, catering to adventurous but traditional palates, while the brewing industry’s big brands like Corona are bought out by foreign enterprises. “We are seeing the tremendous growth of craft beer produced by small businesses, like Minerva Imperial Tequila Ale, very good, with a…

U.S. opposes treaty that would give UN Internet control

The United States will oppose a bid to revise a global treaty to bring the Internet under UN control or to impose new taxes on Web traffic, the head of a US delegation said Wednesday. The US will submit its formal proposal Friday for the December conference held by the…

Study: Child abuse causes depression and substance abuse

Children who suffer or witness physical abuse undergo changes to their brain structure that may predispose them to depression and substance abuse later in life, a study said Wednesday. The finding holds promise for early detection and pre-emptive counselling already in adolescence — a crucial phase of physical and emotional…

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