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DNA analysis shows modern dogs descended from ancient European wolves

If your dog could talk, he might have a European accent. A new study out Thursday comparing DNA from modern canines to ancient fossils suggests that today’s pets descended from wolves in Europe. Man’s earliest best friends likely scavenged bones from scrap piles left behind by hunter-gatherers, said the report…

Lily Allen denies accusations that ‘Hard Out Here’ music video is racist

Lily Allen has denied accusations that her new music video is racist, insisting that Hard Out Here’s scantily clad black and Asian dancers were chosen for their twerking skills, not the colour of their skin. Criticism of Allen’s video followed almost immediately after its release on Tuesday, with several bloggers…

Athens to finally begin construction of first mosque after years of delay

Work is finally set to begin on Athens’ first mosque, 13 years after plans were first announced, the Greek government announced on Thursday. A Greek consortium has been chosen, the infrastructure ministry said, after five previous attempts to find a business group to lead the project failed. Athens is one…

Israel bombs Gaza in response to mortar fire

Israeli warplanes bombed two separate targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Palestinian militants fired projectiles across the border, the army said. The strikes in northern Gaza came just hours after witnesses reported an Israeli army incursion inside the Strip’s eastern borders, which Islamist militants claimed to have responded…

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Google’s book digitization project

A US judge Thursday dismissed a long-running lawsuit challenging Google’s huge book digitization project, ruling that the scanning of millions of books is not copyright infringement. Judge Denny Chin dismissed the case which dates back to 2005, saying Google’s project is “fair use” under copyright law and “does not supersede…

Rand Paul: Gov. Christie won because ‘he got a lot of federal money for his state’

Rand Paul continues assault on Christie (via NJ.com) There is a saying among Republicans – usually attributed to President Ronald Reagan but actually uttered by a campaign worker in Reagan’s first bid for governor of California- “thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican.” Well, these days, Kentucky…  …

Obama to announce health care ‘fix’ for Americans with cancelled plans

President Barack Obama will announce a “fix” to the health care law Thursday that allows Americans whose insurance plans are being cancelled to keep them for another year, a senator told AFP. “It is not going to be just a little fix,” but a broader administrative solution that will allow…

Microsoft opens new cybercrime center

Microsoft said Thursday it has opened a new cybercrime center, using its resources to combat malware, intellectual property theft, child exploitation and other ills in cyberspace. “The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online,” said…

Google: U.S. government won’t let us share all of their data requests

Google said Thursday the number of requests for user data from governments and law enforcement has doubled since 2010, as it renewed a push to reveal more about US demands. In its updated “transparency report” covering the first six months of 2013, the tech giant said the largest number of…

Canadian actress jailed for stalking Alec Baldwin

A New York judge on Thursday found a Canadian actress guilty of stalking and harassing US movie star Alec Baldwin, and of contempt, sentencing her to 210 days in jail. Genevieve Sabourin relentlessly pursued Baldwin and terrified his young wife Hilaria, Judge Thomas Mandelbaum told the court, finding her guilty…

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