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Unknown masterpieces found among works in ‘Nazi art trove’

Previously unknown masterpieces by modernist painters Marc Chagall and Otto Dix are among a vast trove of works believed stolen by the Nazis and uncovered in a Munich flat, an art historian said Tuesday. Breaking two days of silence following the revelation of the spectacular discovery, Meike Hoffmann, the chief…

Fugitive Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson due in court on Wednesday to defend himself against Japanese whalers

Fugitive eco-activist Paul Watson is due in a US court this week for his latest legal battle — but, after 15 months on the run, he says he is happy to leave the high seas clashes to friends in Australia. The Canadian-born Sea Shepherd founder arrived in California last week…

Nuclear power prices itself out of the electricity market: graph

The extent to which nuclear is being priced out of electricity markets has finally been revealed by the pricing mechanism unveiled by the British government in the deal to subsidise the Hinkley C nuclear. The UK…  …

U.S. Navy’s new ‘all-electric’ USS Zumwalt destroyer is a floating, sea-going microgrid

We were just taking note of the US Navy’s focus on stationary, portable, and even wearable microgrids when along comes a doozy of an example in the form of the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000. The newly launched high-tech destroyer has been dubbed the Navy’…  …

Jeff Bezos’ wife slams book about husband in ‘withering’ Amazon review

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ wife gave a book about her husband and his company a paltry one star, in a withering review posed on the online retailer’s website. MacKenzie Bezos gave the lowest one out of five rating for “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by…

Peter Jackson gives ‘Hobbit’ fans sneak peak at new flick

Director Peter Jackson gave fans a sneak peek of his latest Tolkien epic Tuesday, revealing he is working non-stop to get “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ready to premiere next month. Jackson took a break from editing to host what was billed as a “world fan event”, featuring question…

British MPs call for Treasury investigation of Prince Charles’ ‘unfair tax advantage’

Prince Charles’s estate may have an “unfair advantage” over commercial competitors because it does not pay capital gains or corporation tax, MPs said Tuesday, as they called for the Treasury to investigate. The Duchy of Cornwall, whose assets are valued at £763 million and which dates back to 1337, provides…

‘JFK risked his presidency and family’ because of his ‘complicated’ relationship with women: biography

There was glamorous Jackie, of course. And mother Rose, who nurtured his White House ambitions. And all the others: a movie star, a teenaged intern, a mistress with Mafia ties and more. Without a doubt, John F. Kennedy — whose assassination 50 years ago this month still looms large in…

Police: New Jersey mall gunman found dead from self-inflicted wound to the head

Garden State Plaza shooting suspect killed self in mall, authorities say (via NJ.com) By James Queally, Ted Sherman and Jason Grant / The Star-Ledger PARAMUS — Hours after a volley of shots were fired in Garden State Plaza, trapping customers and store workers for hours as police searched for the…

Indian Hindus nurse their bruises after annual cow-trampling festival

Dozens of Hindu men in western India were nursing their bruises Tuesday after being trampled by cattle as part of an annual ritual to encourage God to answer their prayers. In the centuries-old ceremony performed in the town of Garbada in Gujarat state and in other parts of the country,…

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