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Government audit shows mismanagement of Brazilian Olympics funds

An audit into the finances of the 2016 Rio Olympics shows preparations are behind schedule with earmarked state cash largely unspent, Brazilian press reported Thursday. The Brazilian sports ministry has set aside a budget of 1.6 billion reais ($712 million) towards the staging of South America’s first Olympics and the…

Major League Baseball boss Bud Selig will step down in January 2015

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will resign in Janaury of 2015, according to several US media reports Thursday, ending a reign of more than 20 years that began in 1992. ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports all said Selig would announce later Thursday that he will step down in…

Brazil to test new vaccine against dengue fever

Brazilian scientists will next month begin clinical tests on humans of a new vaccine against dengue fever, a leading Sao Paulo-based biomedical research institute said Thursday. The vaccine is being developed to combat the four closely related strains of dengue viruses that have been identified around the world, the Butantan…

Toyota recalls nearly 700,000 minivans

Toyota will recall nearly 700,000 Sienna minivans in North America to fix a gear shift defect, the Japanese automaker said Thursday. The faulty shift lever has been found to occasionally slip out of the park position, which “could result in a vehicle roll-away,” Toyota said. “There were 21 minor accidents…

Allen West denies getting fired for calling woman a ‘Jewish American princess’

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) will not be working for a conservative online broadcaster but insists he was not fired from his position, Buzzfeed reported on Thursday. Both West and PJ Media investor Aubrey Chernick released statements to staffers on Sept. 16 saying West would leave the company effective Oct.…

Obama mocks Republican’s comparison of Obamacare to slavery

President Barack Obama appeared Thursday before a noisy and enthusiastic crowd in Largo, MD, and made fun of Republicans’ dire predictions of doom about the Affordable Care Act. He notably dinged one Republican congressman who declared that “Obamacare” is as evil and unjust a law as 1850′s Fugitive Slave Act,…

Anti-paparazzi bill backed by Halle Berry now California law

Anti-paparazzi legislation championed by Halle Berry has been signed into California law by state governor Jerry Brown. Put forward by state senator Kevin de León, the bill sought to prevent harrassment of the children of public figures, and Berry testified before the California state assembly in its support. Senate Bill…

Scientists create state of matter that’s pretty much the same as light sabers

Scientists have created a state of matter that so far has been found in fictional galaxies far, far away. The joint team of physicists from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said they’d been exploring the properties of photons when they were able to coax them into binding together…

China and U.S. call on Iran to accept nuclear offer

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed Thursday on the need for a positive response by Iran in renewed nuclear talks, a US official said. “Both the US and China believe that Iran should cooperate and should respond positively to the offer on the…

The Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm gets hacking sentence cut in half

The Pirate Bay’s Gottfrid Svartholm gets hacking sentenced halved (via The Inquirer) ONE OF THE FOUNDERS of The Pirate Bay has had his prison sentence for a hacking conviction halved. Gottfrid Svartholm, or Anakata, was arrested in Cambodia in September 2012 and accused of hacking by the Swedish government. In…

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