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Chicago marathoners show no fear after Boston attacks

Cheering and even leaping into the crisp Chicago air as they crossed the start line Sunday, tens of thousands of runners showed no fear in the first major US marathon since the Boston bombing. Security was certainly tight and a massive police presence reassured fans and family members that everything…

‘Non-partisan’ group leaves Values Voter Summit to march on WWII memorial with Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin

This morning, thousands converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall to protest its closure. The group which bills — and has already trademarked — itself as “Million Vet March on the Memorial,” tore down “barricades” outside the memorial. It was led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)…

Russia’s LGBT community wants athletes in ‘rainbow shirts’ instead of boycott

While Western gay activists call for an outright boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi over a homophobic new law, the Russian city’s discreet gay community wants athletes to compete — and wear rainbow shirts. In New York gay and lesbian activists have poured Russian vodka down the drain and…

Malala says she’s no ‘Western puppet’

Malala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ right to an education, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated…

SNL on ‘Gravity’ and the shutdown: ‘Mission control’s not here right now, but can I take a message?’

On last night’s Saturday Night Live, the show featured a parody of the most popular movie in America, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, in which the astronauts detached from the Hubble telescope must deal with a janitor who’s “apparently the only ‘essential’ employee in the building.” When the astronauts call mission control…

American in Egyptian custody found hanged in cell

An American found hanged in his police cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Sunday was believed to have committed suicide, Egyptian security officials said. They said the body of James Henry, 55, who told authorities he was a retired officer, was found at noon at Ismailiya Awal…

Pope Francis refuses to cancel mass beatification of disputed war ‘martyrs’

The Catholic Church in Spain will on Sunday beatify more than 500 people, most of whom died in the country’s 1936-39 civil war, despite calls for Pope Francis to cancel the controversial event. Critics of what Spanish media have described as “the biggest ever beatification in the history of the…

Hard road to world domination for Chinese

In the global contest for business Chinese brands struggle to rival big Western and Japanese names, but some are now looking to reinvent their identities to overcome image and political hurdles. The world’s second largest economy does not have a single one of the world’s top 100 brands, as compiled…

‘Baby Hope’ murder solved 22 years later by NYPD

AFP – New York police said they have arrested a man who confessed to sexually abusing and murdering a little girl found stuffed in a picnic cooler 22 years ago. Local media identified the suspect, Conrado Juarez of the Bronx, as a cousin of the four-year-old victim, who was named…

World prepares for U.S. debt default

Phillip Inman, The Observer Without a budget in place, the US government has run out of the cash needed to pay thousands of government workers in Washington and keep national parks open. But this week an even more critical issue comes to the fore. On Thursday, the country will be…

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