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Police say man caught downloading child porn on his phone while being interviewed by police

Perhaps, when one is being interviewed by police about the thousands of child pornography images police appear to have discovered on one’s computer, it is advisable to turn off your phone. A public defender entered Walter Louis Gafvert III’s not guilty plea to the felony count of possessing child pornography…

Poachers can’t get this one: Black rhino baby born in Atlanta zoo

By Noreen O’Donnell (Reuters) – An eastern black rhinoceros has been born at Atlanta’s zoo for the first time in the facility’s history, spurring hopes of renewed interest in the fate of the critically endangered animal. The calf, which was born on Saturday night, appears to be healthy and bonding…

Gitmo defendant’s lawyer lawyers: CIA gave ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ makers more info than his defense

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal are pushing the judge to set a September 2014 trial date in the 9/11 case, a decision that could hinge on how deeply the defense is allowed to delve into the defendants’ treatment in secret…

Kim Jong Un woos defectors: Come home. We won’t kill you … promise

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is taking a new approach to defectors who have fled his impoverished and repressive state, promising they will not be harmed if they come home, and even offering cash rewards, according to some in the exile community. For some who return from…

J.P. Morgan’s practice of hiring Chinese elite’s children to win favors sparks SEC investigation

AFP – The United States is investigating JPMorgan over its hiring practices in China, the company confirmed Sunday. The New York Times had earlier reported that the investment bank was under investigation over claims it hired the children of influential Chinese officials to secure business in the country. “We publicly…

FDA inquires about weight-gainer Zilmax in cattle feed after industry blowback

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it was working with drugmaker Merck & Co and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to gather information on the cattle feed additive Zilmax and determine if it is unsafe. The FDA, in an email response to a Reuters…

1000 firefighters attack Sun Valley forest fire in Idaho: 5000 homes at stake

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters readied for a massive ground and air attack on Sunday against a wildfire in central Idaho that has forced the evacuation of some 2,250 homes and threatens the posh Sun Valley ski resort. The fire raging across parched sagebrush, grasslands and pine forests near high-end…

Switzerland may start DNA tests on African asylum seekers suspected of lying about family connections

Some Swiss cantons are demanding systematic DNA tests on asylum seekers — specifically Eritreans — who say they are coming to the country to join family members, a newspaper reported Sunday. Eritreans represent the largest group seeking asylum in Switzerland, with nearly 6,000 requests currently pending in the country. In…

Russia’s sports minister dismisses criticism of anti-gay law: ‘This is an invented problem’

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Sunday accused western media of overplaying the anti-gay issue that has plagued the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. However, Mutko insisted the controversial law was not just about homosexuality but also to protect Russian youth from ‘drugs, drinking and non-traditional relationships’ — the term…

McCain blames Obama for U.S. losing credibility in the Middle East

President Barack Obama’s failure to act amid spiralling violence in Egypt has led the US to lose all credibility in the Middle East, senator John McCain said Sunday. The former presidential rival and influential Republican foreign policy voice said Barack Obama’s failure to follow through on a threat to cut…

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