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Power outage and explosion cancels classes and injures 1 at UC Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley campus was evacuated Monday night after an explosion injured at least one person and caused a power outage. About 20 people were also trapped in dormitory elevators as a result of the outage, reported The Bakersfield Californian. The power outage was reported about 4:30…

European markets so far unfazed by U.S. government shutdown

Europe’s main stock markets were mixed at the start of trading Tuesday with investors unfazed by a U.S. government shutdown. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index dipped 0.06 percent to 6,458.37 points, the CAC 40 in Paris grew 0.16 percent to 4,150.04 points and Frankfurt’s DAX 30 rose 0.28 percent to…

Dollar weakens as U.S. government shuts down

The dollar fell in Asia on Tuesday as the United States lurched into its first government shutdown in 17 years due to a budget standoff. The greenback bought 98.16 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade after U.S. lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to avert the shutdown, down from highs of around…

Ex-Microsoft privacy chief: After finding out about NSA spying, ‘I don’t trust Microsoft now’

Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of Prism data-sharing program when he worked at software firm Microsoft’s former chief privacy officer says he does not have faith in the security of the software company’s technology, following revelations about the U.S’s NSA spy agency published in the Guardian. Caspar Bowden, who…

Two U.S. generals fired after security lapse at Afghan base

The commandant of the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan. General James Amos announced the extraordinary decision after a military investigation found Major General Charles Gurganus and Major General Gregg Sturdevant…

No golden smiles: More than half of 2012 Olympic athletes had bad teeth

Many elite athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games had levels of oral health similar to those of poverty-stricken communities, a study said Monday. Researchers at University College London examined the teeth and gums of 302 athletes who visited a dental clinic at the London 2012 Olympic Village. The…

Activists rip new Hungarian anti-homelessness law

Hungary’s parliament passed a law late Monday allowing local municipalities to prohibit rough sleeping, a move rights campaigners say criminalises homelessness. The new law claims to protect “public order, security, health, and cultural value” and empowers local authorities to designate areas as out-of-bounds for homeless people, as well as evict…

Roma families accused of using kids like criminal conscripts

Three Croatian Roma families traded women on the strength of their stealing skills and used children like conscripts to a criminal army, a French court was told Monday. A total of 27 people aged between 19 and 55 are charged by the court in Nancy, eastern France, with offences ranging…

European Union plays down deadline on Iran talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday played down Iran’s calls for a nuclear accord within a year, saying that technical work will take time. Iran’s new moderate leadership said last week that major powers had agreed to seek a deal within 12 months on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program…

Obama accuses Republicans of appeasing ‘extreme right wing’ with shutdown threats

President Barack Obama Monday accused Republicans of pandering to the “extreme right wing” of their party and holding Americans hostage in a budget dispute threatening to shutter the US government. Just over six hours before government services grind to a halt and thousands of federal workers are furloughed, Obama said…

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