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Angry Cleveland Browns fan posts Craigslist ad seeking new quarterback

One fed-up Browns fan thinks it’s time for a change at quarterback in Cleveland, so he put a help-wanted advert on Craigslist seeking a replacement for Brandon Weeden. “Have you played pro football? College ball? Highschool? Pee-wee?” the posting on the classified ad website asked, going on to imply that…

Facebook now letting teens share content publicly

Facebook began letting teenagers publicly share posts Wednesday as the social network moved to bolster appeal to youth and advertisers. “Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard,” Facebook…

General Motors to launch dual-fuel car in 2014

General Motors said Wednesday it will launch a car next year with the ability to operate on both gasoline and compressed natural gas, taking advantage of abundant US gas supplies. GM chairman and chief executive Dan Akerson unveiled the new dual-fuel Chevrolet Impala at an energy summit in Washington marking…

Egyptian foreign minister: Relationship with U.S. in ‘delicate’ phase

Egypt’s foreign minister acknowledged in comments published Wednesday that relations with Washington were in a “delicate” phase after it suspended some military aid in response to a July 3 coup. Nabil Fahmy said the US administration had overestimated the amount of leverage that its aid dollars bought it over the…

Gene mutation tied to Alzheimer’s blamed for accelerated mental decline

A rare genetic mutation associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been found to accelerate the loss of brain tissue and lead to quicker mental decline, researchers said Wednesday. People with the TREM2 gene variant lost brain tissue twice as fast as healthy elderly people, according to research published in the New…

Romanian villagers and priests occupy Chevron fracking site in protest

Romanian police clashed with villagers on Wednesday as they tried in vain to force them off a field they have occupied for a third day to prevent U.S. energy giant Chevron from drilling for shale gas. Hundreds of protesters blocked access to the site at Silistea in eastern Romania where…

French court upholds fraud conviction against Church of Scientology

French court upholds Scientology fraud conviction (via AFP) France’s top appeals court on Wednesday upheld a fraud conviction and hundreds of thousands of euros in fines against the Church of Scientology for taking advantage of vulnerable followers. The Cour de Cassation rejected the organisation’s request that…   [Image: Scientology building…

Zimbabwe man jailed for 15 years for poisoning elephants

A Zimbabwe court on Wednesday sentenced a poacher to more than 15 years in prison for poisoning and killing elephants with cyanide, the fourth such conviction in the country in a month. The court in the western town of Hwange also found Akim Masuku, 26, guilty of illegal possession of…

‘Black Bloc’ anarchists emerging as a force amid unrest in Brazil

Wearing black clothing, scarves and ski masks, so-called “Black Bloc” anarchists have taken a starring role in Brazil’s social unrest, using violent tactics to target symbols of capitalism. But experts find it hard to build a clear profile of the group, which began attracting notice during June’s street protests against…

eBay founder backs project to ‘empower’ journalists

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar announced plans Wednesday to back a project with investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald which “elevates and supports” journalists and “allows them to pursue the truth.” Omidyar said in a statement he is backing the new media project, details of which are still being developed, separate from his…

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