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Muslim sues Abercrombie after being fired for wearing hijab

NEW YORK — A US Muslim woman sued Abercrombie & Fitch on Monday, accusing the clothing retailer of firing her for refusing to remove her religious head scarf, a Muslim advocacy group said. Hani Khan of San Mateo, California, alleged that store managers had told her to remove her hijab…

Former vice president of Citigroup arrested for stealing $19 million

NEW YORK — A former vice president of Citigroup has been arrested on bank fraud charges after he allegedly embezzled more than $19 million from the bank, US prosecutors said on Monday. Gary Foster, 35, was detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday after he arrived…

Google fears web crackdown after Arab uprisings

DUBLIN — Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday warned that the ongoing Arab uprisings could lead to an upsurge in internet censorship and an increased risk of arrest for colleagues working in restive nations. Speaking at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Schmidt claimed regimes were keen to clamp…

Microsoft patent application opens door to spying on Skype

A U.S. patent application filed by Microsoft in 2009 specifically mentions “Skype” and “Skype-like applications” as being likely candidates for software that would give government spies easy, official access to any and all communications, public documents show. While back doors in software for “legal intercepts” are not uncommon in the…

Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection

LOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection Monday in an effort to restructure its debt, court documents showed. The petition was filed in Delaware by the Los Angeles Dodgers Holding Company under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code. It lists debts to current…

Supreme Court upends taxpayer-funded campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that “triggers” public funding of elections in Arizona in the event of a candidate being heavily outspent by an opponent awash with private funds. The vote was split 5-4, with the conservative majority ultimately winning out. The ruling declared public…

U.S. growing impatient on Greece debt rescue effort

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The delay in finding a durable solution to the Greek debt crisis is causing impatience in the United States, where there is mixed support for any new bailout. The US has been watching the Greek situation for more than a year and now is paying closer attention…

Americans worried by soaring tuition fees

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The spectacular rise in US college tuition fees is becoming a serious problem for students and many American families as they grapple with the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. In the past week Michigan State University announced a 7% tuition hike, Oklahoma State University raised its…

Chinese cities owe $1.65 trln, some ‘may default’

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese local governments held $1.65 trillion in debt by the end of 2010, the state auditor said on Monday, warning that there was a risk that some could default. Excessive borrowing by authorities to fund infrastructure and other projects has sparked fears among China’s leadership about the…

‘Probably inevitable’ a country will exit euro: Soros

VIENNA (Reuters) – Billionaire investor George Soros thinks a country will eventually exit the euro zone and urged policymakers on Sunday to come up with a “plan B” that could rescue the European Union from looming economic collapse. Soros, famous for making $1 billion by betting against the British pound…

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