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Goldman Sachs to invest in Japanese green energy ventures

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs said Monday it will start investing in Japanese renewable energy projects, with a reported $2.9 billion outlay over the next five years. The injection comes after Japan’s government stepped into the green power market to set minimum prices in a bid to encourage the…

One dead after tornado blitz through midwest U.S.

A powerful storm system churning through the US Midwest spawned tornadoes in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, destroying homes and killing at least one person, US media reported. Funnel clouds were reported Sunday in and near towns including Edmond and Shawnee, Oklahoma. In Shawnee, a twister smashed through…

Southern U.S. welcomes hairy ‘crazy ant’ invasion in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana

Hairy crazy ants are on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that videos look as if they’re on fast-forward. (Joe MacGown/Mississippi State…  …

Obama to reveal counterterrorism strategy, plans for drones and Guantanamo Bay on Thursday

President Barack Obama will discuss his counterterrorism strategy Thursday, revealing to the American public his plans for unmanned drones and Guantanamo Bay, the White House said Sunday. During his speech at the National Defense University in Washington, the president will discuss “our broad counter-terrorism policy, including our military, diplomatic, intelligence…

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange reveals government eavesdropping messages that allegedly speculate he’s being framed

WikiLeaks founder uses subject access request to access British agency chatter, which allegedly calls extradition ‘a fit-up’ Authorities at GCHQ, the government eavesdropping agency, are facing embarrassing revelations about internal correspondence in which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is discussed, apparently including speculation that he is being framed by Swedish authorities…

Venezuela’s new government ‘open’ to resuming U.S. diplomatic relations

Venezuela on Sunday made a rare diplomatic overture to the United States, suggesting it could be time for better ties. “We are going to remain open to normalizing relations with the United States,” Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on Televen television Sunday. “The first thing would be to resume diplomatic…

Beatles guitar sells for $408,000 at auction

A six-cord electric guitar that Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison played went under the hammer for $408,000, Julien’s Auctions said Sunday. The customized VOX guitar was the centerpiece of the annual Music Icons auction held Saturday at the New York Hard Rock Cafe by the Beverly Hills, California-based auctioneers.…

Study: Climate change slowed over last decade but may speed up again

A global warming “pause” over the past decade may invalidate the harshest climate change predictions for the next 50 to 100 years, a study said Sunday — though levels remain in the danger zone. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, an international team of climate scientists said a slower rate…

‘Star Trek’ box office jumps to warp speed, outpacing ‘Iron Man 3′

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” soared at warp speed to the top of the US box office, ousting blockbuster sequel “Iron Man 3,” industry estimates showed Sunday. The latest installment of the cult science fiction phenomenon starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto took in $70.6 million on its debut weekend, according…

Jewish group demands Sen. Chuck Grassley apologize for Hitler comment

A liberal-leaning Jewish organization on Sunday called on Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to apologize for linking U.S. foreign policy to the rise of Adolf Hitler. “Senator Grassley’s Hitler comparison is absolutely inappropriate,” Aaron Keyak of the National Jewish Democratic Council said. “Grassley’s remark unfortunately places him among the usual cranks…

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