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Obama to meet with auto union workers

US President Barack Obama will address members of the United Auto Workers union Tuesday as Republicans hold a key primary contest in Michigan, home to the US automobile industry. White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president will speak at the annual UAW community action program conference, which will bring together 1,700…

Bird flu cases more common than thought: study

Bird flu is believed to be a rare disease that kills more than half of the people it infects, but a US study out Thursday suggests it may be more common and less lethal than previously thought. The research could help soothe concerns about the potential for a deadly pandemic…

Judges throw out Berlusconi bribery trial

An Italian court threw out bribery charges against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday saying the statute of limitations had come into force, bringing the five-year trial to an end. Prosecutors had requested a five-year prison term for Berlusconi, who was accused of having paid off his former British…

Haiti’s PM quits just after four months

Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille offered his surprise resignation after just four months in office, amid tension between the premier and government ministers over issues of dual nationality. The resignation opens a new chapter in Haiti’s political turmoil as it struggles to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. Conille resigned…

U.S. intelligence finds ‘no hard evidence’ of Iran bomb making

US intelligence analysts continue to believe there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported Saturday. Citing unnamed US officials, the newspaper said the latest assessments by US spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded…

‘Activists’ pray for lower gas prices

The last time Rocky Twyman and friends invoked the power of prayer to pull down the price of gasoline was in 2008, when a gallon of regular was going for a US national average of $4.12 in mid-summer. God must have been listening: prices did fall, all the way to…

Sacha Baron Cohen ‘threatens’ Oscars with ‘consequences’

LOS ANGELES — Sacha Baron Cohen has threatened Academy Award “zionists” with “unimaginable consequences” if they ban him from Sunday’s Oscars, in a spoof riposte to a warning against staging a publicity stunt. In full regalia as the military dictator from his latest film, the colorful British actor gave them…

Women more likely than men to delete Facebook friends

WASHINGTON — Women are more likely than men to delete friends from their online social networks like Facebook and tend to choose more restrictive privacy settings, according to a study published on Friday. The study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project also found that men were…

Hedge fund demands five seats on AOL board of directors

NEW YORK — A US hedge fund with a large stake in AOL laid claim on Friday to five seats on the board of directors of the Internet company and criticized the strategy of the current management. Starboard Value said in a letter to the AOL board it was “troubled…

Judge finds prolonged solitary confinement for ‘merchant of death’ unconstitutional

NEW YORK — A US judge on Friday ordered Viktor Bout, a Russian convicted of arms trafficking, to be removed from solitary confinement and put into a regular facility, saying that to continue his 15-month ordeal violated the constitution. Bout was convicted last November in New York federal court, concluding…

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