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Walmart workers speak out at annual meeting: ‘I cannot survive like this’

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, holds its annual meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Friday. The giant event attracts workers and shareholders from around the world and is usually a celebration of the company’s unique corporate culture. About 14,000 people are expected at the Bud Walton arena to hear the company’s…

Quarter of Guantánamo Bay inmates now being force-fed as hunger strike continues

The number of hunger-striking Guantánamo detainees being force fed by military medical teams has jumped to 41 and now makes up a quarter of the camp’s prisoner population. The new figures reveal a continued deterioration of conditions at the camp as a hunger strike by many of Guantánamo’s 166 detainees…

Bill would deny visas to known hackers

A group of lawmakers proposed legislation Thursday that would deny US entry and freeze the assets of foreign nationals involved in hacking or cybercrimes targeting the United States. The Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act calls US authorities “to bring more economic espionage criminal cases against offending foreign actors,” the lawmakers…

Iranian presidential candidate campaigns from New Jersey

As Iran heads into an election dominated by hardliners, one would-be future president is campaigning from an elegant, wooded US neighborhood accompanied by his dog, a bouncy bichon frise. Hooshang Amirahmadi, an academic with dual citizenship, acknowledges that he has no chance of winning the June 14 election — he…

Jackie Chan seals prints at famed Hollywood theater

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan became the first Chinese actor Thursday to have his hands and feet cast in wet cement at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theatre, alongside generations of Tinseltown icons. He was joined by American actor Chris Tucker, his co-star from the “Rush Hour” movies, in the ceremony…

‘Aqua-musical’ actress Esther Williams dies at age 91

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Esther Williams, whose experiences as a young swimming champion led to a career of Hollywood “aqua-musicals” designed just for her, died on Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 91, her spokesman said. Williams, one of the biggest box-office stars of…

Christie appoints New Jersey attorney general to fill Lautenberg’s Senate seat

By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday named state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to fill the state’s vacant U.S. Senate seat until a special election is held in the fall. The seat belonged to Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who died on Monday at the age of…

Georgia approves ‘GAYPWR’ license plate under new state rules

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A gay man will be allowed to order a vanity license plate that describes his sexual orientation, but Georgians’ car tags must not refer to sex acts, weapons, drugs and much else under new rules issued by the state. The regulations are part of…

Sexual assault is an ‘insider attack’ on U.S. military: admiral

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sexual assault is an “insider attack” that is lethal to the U.S. military’s culture of discipline and should have been eliminated years ago, the second-highest U.S. officer told a women’s military group on Thursday. “We have worked hard on this but not hard enough,”…

Threat of beer-free nights fuels Turkey protests

ISTANBUL — In his Istanbul liquor store, shopkeeper Menderes Yildirim is worried — not so much about the recent nights of riots and tear gas, but about the stacks of beer in his fridge. Like the protesters themselves, he is furious at one of the government reforms that threatens to…

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