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Warren Buffet charity lunch fetches $1 million bid, down from $3.46 million last year

(Reuters) – The yet-unidentified winner of an online charity auction will pay $1 million to lunch with Warren Buffett and friends, a relative bargain compared with last year’s top bid that came in at more than three times the amount. The event raises funds for the San Francisco-based charity GLIDE,…

Police seek motive in Santa Monica killing spree

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police on Saturday were investigating what prompted a man dressed in black to embark on a string of shootings in the California beach community of Santa Monica, killing four people before police gunned him down in a community college library. Los Angeles County’s…

France to ban far-right fascist group after death of left-wing student

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday ordered the “dissolution” of a far-right group allegedly linked to the death of a left-wing student in a Paris street brawl. He asked his interior minister to take steps “immediately” to ban the Revolutionary Nationalist Youth (JNR), his office said in a statement.…

Major General Michael Harrison suspended over handling of sex assault case

A general who oversees US Army troops in Japan has been suspended for allegedly failing to report or investigate an account of a possible sexual assault, officials said Friday. The unusual move underscored heightened concern over sexual assault in the ranks amid a rise in reported incidents and a spate…

Women in Afghan parliament receive threats –from fellow lawmakers

It takes a lot to rattle Shukria Barakzai, a staunch…  …

Newark Mayor Booker announces run for open New Jersey Senate seat

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy on Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat for New Jersey and will run in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. “I do not run from…

British government pressed over use of America’s PRISM spy system

The opposition Labour party on Saturday demanded clarification from the British government about the use by its spies of intelligence from a controversial US surveillance programme. There are concerns that eavesdropping agency GCHQ, in using US data, may have been able to circumvent British legal processes required to seek personal…

Asteroid the size of a small truck buzzes Earth: NASA

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – An asteroid the size of a small truck zoomed past Earth four times closer than the moon on Saturday, the latest in a parade of visiting celestial objects that has raised awareness of potentially hazardous impacts on the planet. NASA said Asteroid…

Russia TV pulls show over Putin divorce joke

Russian state television has pulled a show over a joke about President Vladimir Putin’s surprise divorce announcement, one of its presenters said Saturday. In a carefully staged announcement on Thursday, Putin said that he and his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila, were to have a “civilised divorce” because they now…

White House chief of staff tours Guantanamo

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough toured Guantanamo Bay with two top senators to follow up on President Barack Obama’s renewed vow to close the war on terror facility. The visit to the prison — where most of the 166 remaining detainees are on a hunger strike unprecedented in…

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