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United Airlines honors $5 and $10 flights booked during online glitch

Human error blamed for period in which only airport and security fees were charged and customers rushed to purchase United Airlines will honour plane tickets it mistakenly sold online for between $5 and $10, the company said on Friday. Customers using the airline’s website were able to book tickets without…

Hawaiian woman wins right to have 35-letter last name on ID

A Hawaiian woman with a 35-letter surname has persuaded the Pacific island US state’s authorities to change their official ID card format, because her king-sized name won’t fit. Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, whose traditional Hawaiian name comes from her late husband, said she would never consider using a shortened version, and so…

Greece axes vacation bonus for civil workers using computers

Recession-wracked Greece plans to scrap a perk for its civil servants who enjoy an extra six days of holiday per year — if they use a computer at work. Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Athens wanted to axe the bonus that he dismissed as an “aberration.” “There is still…

Heavy rain and floods expected as Tropical Storm Ingrid forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Ingrid formed off Mexico’s eastern coast on Friday, threatening to trigger floods and landslides in mountain regions, forecasters said. Ingrid was producing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (45 miles per hour) as it churned over the Gulf of Mexico, some 95 kilometers (60 miles) east…

California approves drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants

California is expected to offer drivers’ and law licenses to undocumented immigrants following a vote by state lawmakers late Thursday night. The Los Angeles Times reported that AB60 will introduce special drivers’ licenses bearing the marking “DP,” for “driver’s privilege.” The state Department of Motor Vehicles will set the guidelines…

W. Kamau Bell: ‘Bill O’Reilly, go eat your own d**k’

W. Kamau Bell on Thursday night attacked Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for sending a clueless correspondent to a “Muslim convention.” The correspondent accosted convention-goers, asking them whether they could name a “Christian terrorist.” Bell noted that the Muslims in the video were understandingly flustered, because they didn’t go to…

Springsteen honors Chilean folk-hero tortured and murdered by Pinochet

Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to a Chilean folk singer who was tortured and murdered 40 years ago this week in the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship. “If you are a politically inclined musician, Victor Jara continues to be a great expression of that,” Springsteen said in very…

Biden attacks ‘Neanderthal’ House Republicans for blocking violence against women bill

US Vice President Joe Biden, known as being prone to gaffes now and then, has compared some Republican lawmakers to Neanderthal cavemen. Biden was speaking Thursday night at a reception marking the anniversary of a law designed to fight violence against women. Biden first drafted and defended the law 19…

UN chief: ‘Overwhelming’ evidence of Syrian chemical weapon attack

UN experts will give “overwhelming” confirmation that chemical weapons were used in Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon predicted Friday, as he blasted President Bashar al-Assad as a war criminal. Ban did not say that Assad’s forces carried out a suspected chemical arms attack near Damascus investigated by UN experts. But…

Florida overrun with herpes-infected feral monkeys

A colony of rhesus monkeys that was established in Florida’s Silver River State Park in 1938 has been declared a public health hazard after the majority of its members tested positive for the Herpes B virus. Monkeys infected with the virus present either no or only mild symptoms, but in…

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