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Poll shows 76% of Americans don’t miss NBA

LOS ANGELES — With the NBA at a standstill because of the increasingly rancorous dispute between owners and players, a poll released on Monday found that 76 percent of Americans are getting along fine without the league. Polling company Poll Position released the results of its telephone survey seven days…

Russia aims for first conquest of Mars

MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday launches a probe for Mars that aims to collect a chunk of a Martian moon and become Moscow’s first successful planetary mission since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Phobos-Grunt probe is to blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Zenit-2SB…

‘Occupy’ protesters mint their own coloring book

CHICAGO — Anti-Wall Street protesters have a new way to pass the time: an “Occupy” coloring book complete with songs and a visit from Robin Hood. The “grown-up coloring book novel” was released last week by Really Big Coloring Books, a Missouri-based publisher that recently made headlines with a controversial…

Judge blocks graphic warnings on cigarettes

WASHINGTON — A US judge on Monday blocked the government’s attempt to place graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, saying big tobacco was likely to succeed in arguing it was a violation of free speech. The full-color warning labels, including diseased lungs and a cancerous mouth lesion, would serve as…

Heavy police presence for London student protest

LONDON — Police will deploy in large numbers for a march in London on Wednesday against changes to higher education funding, a year after students kicked off a series of protests with a violent demonstration. Commander Simon Pountain, of London’s Metropolitan Police, said around 4,000 officers will be on duty…

Ai Weiwei supporters raise 1/3 of China tax bill

Thousands of people have donated 5.29 million yuan ($830,000) to help Ai Weiwei pay a huge tax fine, with some throwing money wrapped in paper planes into his garden, the Chinese artist said Monday. The drive to donate to Ai, who disappeared into secret police custody for 81 days this year and has…

Israel general strike ends after four hours

Israel was hit by a brief general strike on Monday that affected hospitals, banks, ports and the country’s main international airport, but which ended after just four hours. The strike shut down all government offices, universities, ports, post offices and the Tel Aviv stock exchange for most of the morning following a dispute over…

Mobile phone data traffic ‘to grow 10-fold by 2016′

As smart phones increasingly take over, mobile data traffic is surging, a study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericssonshowed on Monday, saying such traffic is set to increase 10-fold over the next five years. In its Traffic and Market Data report, which Ericsson said was based on measurements “recorded over several years in live networks covering all…

Obama used Bush program to send DEA commandos abroad

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has five commando-style squads it has been quietly deploying for the past several years to various countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, the New York Times reported Monday. The countries where the commando teams have been deployed include Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala…

Vietnam war vets seize back hijacked ship

Taiwan hailed on Monday the bravery of five Vietnamese war vets who launched a surprise assault on six armed pirates and successfully took back their vessel after it had been hijacked off East Africa. The former Vietnam war fighters had been recruited by Taiwan to be part of a 28-man crew on the “Chin Yi…

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