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Disney seeks image rights to make cartoon of rare ‘zonkey’ housed in Florence animal shelter

An act of love between Martin the zebra and Giada the donkey in the romantic Italian city of Florence has produced a rare “zonkey” baby that is drawing crowds to an unusual exotic animal shelter. Three-month-old Ippo is already a star and the owners of the farm say they have…

Court told two key players in Murdoch phone-hacking trial ‘were lovers’

Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were having an affair for much of the time they were allegedly involved in phone hacking at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, a London court heard. Prosecutor Andrew Edis said Thursday the affair, from 1998 to 2004, proved “they trusted…

How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any laws?

The reason so many new drugs are appearing is because we keep banning them. It’s time for a change of approach How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any UK drug laws? I just spent the last two months doing exactly that…

23-year-old Georgia mayor shot multiple times

The 23-year-old mayor of a southwestern Georgia town was hospitalized after being shot Thursday night, WALB-TV reported. Authorities reportedly told WALB that Dawson, Georgia Mayor Chris Wright, who was elected in November 2012, was shot during a robbery but offered no further details. Police refused to confirm the report in…

Revealed in new book: Romney didn’t pick Christie for veep partly due to background ‘land mines’

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney decided he could not pick Gov. Chris Christie as his running mate for vice president last year in part because the governor’s background was “littered with potential land mines,” according…  …

Thai parliament approves amnesty for former premier after 19-hour debate

Thailand’s lower house of parliament on Friday passed a controversial political amnesty bill that has sparked mass anti-government protests. Lawmakers voted 310-0 in the early hours of the morning to pass the legislation, with four abstentions, according to a parliamentary official. Opponents fear the bill — which still needs approval…

Arrest made in ‘sextortion’ plot against Miss Teen USA

A U.S. student has agreed to plead guilty to hacking online accounts of Miss Teen USA and other women and threatening to publish nude photos of them, prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams surrendered in September to FBI agents probing so-called “sextortion” cases, in which he made demands in return for…

San Diego woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass

Traffic citation: Google Glass-ing while driving (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google Glass team member Salil Pandit wears Google Glasses at a booth at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Sunglasses may be necessary eyewear for driving, but Google Glasses? Wearing the smart spectacles could land…

Chuck Hagel scolds states for not recognizing military benefits for same-sex marriages

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel rebuked several U.S. states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. Hagel said nine states had failed to recognize the rights of same-sex partners of military personnel based at National Guard installations. The…

New drug ‘supertunnel’ found under U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. and Mexican authorities have unearthed another sophisticated “supertunnel” used to smuggle drugs beneath their common border, the third since 2011, officials said Thursday. Zig-zagging for a third of a mile beneath the border between San Diego and Tijuana, the newly-constructed tunnel was equipped with an electric-powered rail system to…

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