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Fracking is a boon to manufacturers but not their workers

By James B. Kelleher YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) – This city has been down for so long, it’s hard to believe what’s risen up here in the heart of America’s “Rust Belt.” On an industrial site littered with scrap metal, a French-Japanese joint venture called Vallourec Star has just opened a…

Welcome to Utah, the NSA’s desert home for eavesdropping on America

The NSA’s new $1.7 billion facility in the heart of Mormon country has the potential to snoop on US citizens for decades to come Drive south down Camp Williams Road, a highway outside Salt Lake City, and your eye is drawn to the left. A gun-mounted helicopter and other military…

IMF urges repeal of ‘ill-designed’ sweeping federal budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund on Friday urged the United States to repeal sweeping federal budget cuts that will be a severe drag on economic growth this year. In its annual check of the health of the U.S. economy, the IMF forecast economic growth would be a sluggish…

Draft document reveals G8 will avoid ‘naming and shaming’ corporate tax avoiders

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) – The G8 group of leading economies will shy away from adopting a measure aimed at curbing tax avoidance by highlighting when companies channel profits into tax havens, and will include a watered down alternative, according to a draft statement. British Prime Minister David Cameron,…

Pope praises Archbishop of Canterbury on anti-same-sex marriage stance

Pope Francis received the head of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby, for the first time on Friday, praising him for his stance against gay marriage and calling for united action to defend the poor. Francis urged Welby to continue proclaiming “the importance of the institution of the family built on…

Eric Holder ‘confident’ of bringing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden ‘to justice’

The United States is confident it will bring Edward Snowden to justice for “extremely damaging” leaks about secret internet surveillance programmes, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday. Snowden is hiding in Hong Kong and the United States has launched a criminal investigation after the former CIA technical assistant…

Scientists discover ‘bonanza of black holes’ in the Andromeda Galaxy

There’s a party in another galaxy, and none of us were invited.  Scientists have discovered a “bonanza” of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the galaxies nearest to our own, some 2.5 million light years away. As their name suggests, black holes are tough to find. These latest…

Farewell note found on body of California gunman who killed five in Santa Monica

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A three-page farewell note was found on the body of a California gunman who shot five people to death last week in Santa Monica, apologizing for killing his father and brother, who were among those slain, police said on Thursday. Police also revealed…

Native Americans decry eagle deaths tied to wind farms

(Reuters) – A Native American tribe in Oklahoma on Thursday registered its opposition to a U.S. government plan that would allow a wind farm to kill as many as three bald eagles a year despite special federal protections afforded the birds. The stand taken by the Osage Nation against a…

Newtown victim’s sister becomes gun control ‘accidental activist’

By Edith Honan (Reuters) – Jillian Soto was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a New England highway when she learned over Facebook that her older sister Vicky, a first-grade teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, had died in a shooting. In the six months since, Soto said she has become an accidental…

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