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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,…

‘Mafialeaks’ helps victims spill the beans on Italian gangsters

A group of Italian computer boffins have launched a new website, Mafialeaks, aimed at encouraging victims of organised crime and former gangsters to spill the beans, La Repubblica newspaper reported Tuesday. The site will allow people “to denounce mafia activities anonymously, protecting those who supply the information,” the daily said,…

Britain operating spy post from Berlin embassy: Snowden files

Britain has been operating a secret listening post from its Berlin embassy, a stone’s throw from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, the Independent newspaper claimed on Tuesday. The report said Britain’s electronic eavesdropping centre GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) appeared to be using high-tech equipment on the embassy roof to intercept…

Animal rights activists outraged by ‘RoboRoach’ cyborg smartphone app

The RoboRoach undergoes iPod beta testing. Buyers must first anesthetize the cockroach before clipping its antennae and inserting electrodes in them. (Courtesy of Backyard Brains) Do cockroaches have feelings, too? It’s the newest debate sparked by…  …

Supreme Court will hear ‘public prayer’ case on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that challenges whether the city council of Greece, N.Y., can open its meetings with a public prayer. The arguments will likely focus on an appeals court ruling that found the prayers – given by a range of believers from…

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