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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…

Tens of thousands of workers roll out Obamacare

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Call them Obamacare’s army. From the chief actuary at the California health insurance exchange that President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law established to the legions of call center staffers who will help people trying to buy insurance through such state exchanges, the number…

Obama to meet privacy oversight board to try to reassure public on spying

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet on Friday with members of a privacy oversight watchdog board to try to reassure Americans rattled by revelations of the U.S. government’s vast monitoring of phone and Internet data. Obama is scrambling to show he has credibility on the…

USDA searches for source of GMO contamination in Oregon wheat field

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department, probing how a genetically engineered trait entered an Oregon wheat field and the extent of the contamination, has tested a dozen wheat samples and is looking at a national seed storage facility in an effort to resolve the mystery and calm…

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