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Bangladesh’s collapsed building death toll passes 1,000

The death toll in Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster on Friday soared past 1,000 after more bodies were found in the rubble of a collapsed nine-storey building outside the capital Dhaka. Army spokesman Captain Shahnewaz Zakaria told AFP that the “death toll now stands at 1,006″ as the recovery operation entered…

California sues JPMorgan for allegedly harassing credit card customers

The US state of California filed suit Thursday against JPMorgan Chase, accusing the Wall Street bank of illegally abusing credit-card customers and misusing the court system to harass them with lawsuits. California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging the bank “committed debt collection…

House Republicans pass restrictive debt ceiling bill

The US House passed a Republican bill along party lines Thursday that lawmakers say would remove the threat of default, while requiring the government to prioritize its debt and pension payments. The legislation would allow the US Treasury to borrow beyond its legal limit in order to pay down government…

Obama ditches ‘doom and gloom’ of Washington to make new jobs push

Barack Obama ditched the “doom and gloom” of Washington Thursday to seek out dynamic job-creating hotspots of the US economy, which remains broadly sluggish four years into his presidency. Obama launched a new series of tours to parts of the United States where innovation and investment are creating a new…

Cyber thieves steal $45 million from debit card companies in a matter of hours

Cyber thieves around the world stole $45 million by hacking into debit card companies, scrapping withdrawal limits and helping themselves from cash machines, US authorities said Thursday. The massive heist unfolded “in a matter of hours,” said the US prosecutor’s office for Brooklyn, New York. Prosecutors unveiled charges against eight…

Researchers develop new tool in HIV vaccine fight

US researchers have developed a new test to identify antibodies capable of fighting most strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in a breakthrough that could accelerate the hunt for a vaccine. A report published in the journal Science on Thursday said that scientists at the National Institute of…

Prosecutor may seek death penalty in Cleveland kidnapping case

A US prosecutor warned Thursday that he will seek to press charges that carry the death penalty against a man accused of kidnapping three women, raping them and forcibly ending their pregnancies. Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old unemployed bus driver, has already been charged with kidnapping and raping the women over…

YouTube launches paid subscription channels

YouTube on Thursday unveiled its first paid subscription channels as the Google-owned video service made a long-anticipated move to challenge streaming services like Netflix. The move puts Google into direct competition with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, which have been luring viewers away from cable and broadcast TV.…

Oscar-winning Ang Lee to direct first TV series, ‘Tyrant’

Oscar-winning Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee said Thursday he is excited to be working on his first TV project “Tyrant”, but dismissed reports he would stay away from movies to focus on television. “‘Tyrant’ is Middle East intrigue. The subject matter is touchy and pretty scary. I like scary, to scare…

Scientists infect mosquitos with bacteria to curb malaria transmission

US scientists have found a way to infect mosquitoes with bacteria in order to break the chain of malaria transmission, according to research published Thursday in a leading scientific journal. A similar approach has helped cut back on dengue in some locations, and researchers hope that the findings could offer…

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