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Toronto cops say they have found infamous Mayor Rob Ford crack smoking video

Canadian police have recovered a video reportedly showing Toronto’s embattled mayor, Rob Ford, smoking crack cocaine, the city’s police chief announced Thursday. “The mayor does appear in that video,” Chief Bill Blair told a news conference on an extortion investigation, ending months of speculation after the mayor denied illicit drug…

New York Times struggles to keep up advertising revenues

The New York Times Co. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss, hit by a writedown related to the sale of the Boston Globe and declines in advertising revenues. The newspaper group said its loss was $24.2 million, compared with a profit of $2.7 million in the same period a year…

Edward Snowden hired as tech support for ‘major Russian website’

US security leaker Edward Snowden is set to start a job providing technical support at a major Russian website, his lawyer said Thursday, creating speculation the new employer of the fugitive could be Russia’s largest social network VKontakte. Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena tantalisingly declined to give the name of the…

Strong earthquake hits Taiwan, shakes buildings in capital

A strong earthquake struck eastern Taiwan Thursday, shaking buildings in the capital and across much of the island and sending panicky residents running for shelter. But initial reports suggested the island escaped with few injuries and little damage. The 6.3 magnitude quake had its epicentre 53 kilometres (33 miles) southwest…

Toxic algae killing Florida manatees at record rates

Toxic algae blooms that deplete the water of essential oxygen are killing a record number of manatees in Florida this year, biologists say. A total of 769 manatees have died trough Tuesday, making 2013 the deadliest year ever for the blubbery denizens of the deep found off the Florida coast,…

Drink it while you can: Study points to looming global wine shortage

Attention wine lovers: savor every last sip, as researchers say there may be a global shortage looming. Wine prices could shoot up because of a fall in production and growing thirst for wine among Chinese and Americans, Morgan Stanley research said in a report Wednesday. World production peaked in 2004,…

Nazi Gestapo chief and ‘Final Solution’ planner Heinrich Mueller ‘buried in Jewish cemetery’ in Berlin

The head of Hitler’s Gestapo secret police and one of the organisers of the Holocaust, Heinrich Mueller, was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin in 1945, a German newspaper reported Thursday. For 68 years, the fate of “Gestapo-Mueller” has been unclear but Bild, based on documents found by a…

Italian cops bust international ex-special forces ring and former Olympic medal winner in child smuggling sting

Italian police have dismantled an international ring of ex-special forces accused of plotting to kidnap children caught up in custody battles, using high-speed boats and a base in Sicily to smuggle their charges across Europe. Investigators discovered “contractors, for the most part veterans of special corps from the armed forces,…

Fifty years later, vivid memories haunt JFK assassination witnesses

James Tague was stuck in traffic in downtown Dallas around noon on November 22, 1963 when he became an eyewitness to history. Then a 27-year-old car salesman, Tague was waiting for John F. Kennedy’s motorcade to sweep by. Riding in an open-top Lincoln Continental, the president, flanked by Secret Service…

Can ‘dramatically different cognitive styles’ explain tea partiers’ rage?

A growing body of research suggests that we are a nation divided not only by partisanship or how we view various issues, but also by dramatically different cognitive styles. Sociologists and psychologists are getting a better understanding about the…  …

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