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Granddaughter of ‘Schindler’s List’ balcony sniper Amon Goeth publishes memoir

A steel-eyed Nazi killer picks off Jewish prisoners with a rifle from a balcony in a concentration camp in 1944. More than six decades later, a Nigerian-German woman who has studied in Israel thumbs through a book about the sniper and is shocked to learn the man is her own…

New Jersey priest caught in sexting sting thought he was talking to 16-year-old boy

The text messages read as if they’ve been ripped from a pornographic novel. Matthew Riedlinger quizzed his texting partner about sex videos, pressed for details about intimate liaisons, described sexual acts and encouraged mutual masturbation. He…  …

2013 already the year Wal-Mart would like to forget

Are Wal-Mart’s shoppers disappearing? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Wal-Mart logo is displayed in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart shares dropped Thursday on news that the world’s largest retailer was cutting its orders to suppliers in the face of rising store inventory.(Seth Perlman/AP/File) From worker protests to missed…   ;  …

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blasts ‘irresponsible’ government shutdown threat

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slammed Republican lawmakers as “astoundingly irresponsible” for threatening to shut down the government over a short-sighted political whim. If Congress fails to agree on a new budget measure by the close of the fiscal year on Monday, officials estimate that about half of the Pentagon’s…

Olympic flame lit for Sochi 2014 Winter Games

The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Sunday and began its long journey towards the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games which begin on February 7. Actors in ancient Greek costume in the bright midday sunshine invoked the god Apollo in the ruins…

No. 2 nuclear commander in the Navy relieved in probe over fake gambling chips

The head of U.S. Strategic Command relieved Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina from his duties at the command overseeing America’s nuclear forces earlier this month as part of a probe into his suspected role in a counterfeit casino gambling chip scandal, the Associate Press reported Saturday. News of the suspension…

GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ anti-abortion language to budget bill

To the laundry list of demands made by House Republicans fighting health care reform, with the shutdown of the government and default on the national debt in the balance, add this last-minute item: limiting contraceptive coverage. Multiple sources are reporting that Republicans have added language to the budget bill before…

Brazilian journalist accuses Yale police of ‘extremely violent’ behavior

Claudia Trevisan had traveled to Yale University in the hope of securing an interview with the president of Brazil’s supreme court. Instead, she found herself writing a very different legal story. Soon after arriving on campus she was arrested, handcuffed and held in a cell for several hours. In an…

Italian government collapses in chaos as Berlusconi’s party withdraws

Centre-right ministers in Italy’s fragile coalition government resigned Saturday, throwing the country into a fresh political crisis after Prime Minister Enrico Letta issued what they called an “unacceptable” ultimatum. All five ministers of the People of Freedom (PDL) party took the decision at the urging of leader Silvio Berlusconi, said…

Goodwill backs away from theft charges against employee helping poor customers

A teenage clerk at a south Florida Goodwill no longer faces grand theft charges after being fired and arrested for giving deep discounts to needy shoppers. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida announced Friday that it would no longer be pursuing charges against Andrew Anderson, 19. Anderson, a clerk at the…

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