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Putin claims no memory of stealing Super Bowl ring

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he had no recollection of allegedly stealing the Super Bowl ring belonging to the National Football League’s New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The New York Post reported on June 14 that Kraft had told a US audience that he had once…

More than 700 Texans protest new anti-abortion law at state capitol in Austin

A group of more than 700 pro-choice Texans descended on the state capitol in Austin Thursday to protest House Bill 60, the draconian new anti-abortion measure that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks, shutter all but five clinics in the state that provide abortions and ultimately make safe, legal…

Anthony Weiner apologizes for weak reaction to anti-lesbian slur

Weiner apologises for reaction to woman at campaign event who called Democratic opponent Christine Quinn a ‘dyke’ New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has been criticised for a soft reaction to a woman who called his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Christine Quinn, a “dyke”. In an audio recording from…

Drunk Aussie lets seven-year-old drive him home

Police on Friday charged a drunk man after pulling over a car on Australia’s Gold Coast to allegedly find a seven-year-old boy driving him home at 3:00 am. A patrol car stopped the vehicle after it went by without its headlights on early Friday, to find the boy at the…

Gandolfini autopsy confirms heart attack killed ‘Sopranos’ star: source

ROME (Reuters) – An autopsy on the body of James Gandolfini, star of the U.S. Emmy-winning series “The Sopranos,” confirmed on Friday that he died of a heart attack, a hospital source said. The source, who asked not to be identified, said Gandolfini’s death late on Wednesday in a Rome…

French actor Depardieu banned from driving after drunken fall from scooter

PARIS (Reuters) – French actor Gerard Depardieu was banned from driving for six months on Friday, after he was found to be three times over the alcohol limit when he fell from his scooter last year. The 64-year-old star of films such as Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac was…

‘Whitey’ Bulger jury to hear from more survivors of gang attacks

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Jurors hearing the trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger could be in for another emotionally charged day on Friday as a survivor of his gang’s attacks takes the witness stand, along with family members of those who weren’t so lucky. Relatives of…

Lawyers to challenge U.S. ‘No Fly’ list in federal court in Oregon

By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Lawyers for a group of Muslim Americans barred from U.S. air travel will challenge procedures surrounding the secretive “no fly” list in court on Friday, arguing they are unconstitutional because those on the list have no real way to clear their names. The…

Spyware claims emerge in spat over Chinese dissident at NYU

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad. But at…

Senate immigration deal would double number of U.S. border agents

By Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal agents on the U.S.-Mexican border would double to about 40,000 under a deal reached on Thursday in the Democratic-led Senate to draw more Republicans to a landmark immigration bill headed toward anticipated passage. Some questioned the costs and benefits of…

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