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Greek teen’s death after argument with bus ticket inspector sparks anti-austerity protests

By Harry Papachristou ATHENS (Reuters) – A 19-year-old Greek student who died after an argument with a bus ticket inspector has come to symbolize the plight of a population ground down by worsening poverty and unemployment. Thanassis Kanaoutis suffered a fatal head injury when he fell or jumped from a…

AOL plans to lay off half of the staff of local news network Patch

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) – AOL Inc said on Friday that it would cut a substantial number of jobs at its money-losing Patch local news site business, and a source close to the company said about half of the staff of 1,000 was being laid off. The company said…

Prosecutors often abuse power to hold material witnesses

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Aug. 16: This story has been updated. The 20-year-old document 2013 labeled the Hotel Custody log by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office 2013 is not easy to decipher. It contains a list of New York City hotels beside columns labeled “Date In” and “Date Out.” There…

Wisconsin Democrat who infiltrated ALEC: ‘They don’t want people involved in the political process’

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ (via Moyers & Company) Representative Chris Taylor is a Democrat elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. Last week, she attended the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference in Chicago. Writing about her experience at The Progressive magazine’……

U.S. sees rise in ‘extreme’ obesity for adults and children: analysis

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth rate for U.S. waistlines is slowing, according to an analysis released on Friday. But within the holding pattern there is a dramatic rise in…

Thai professor puts blinders on students to stop cheating during exams

A Thai university has taken drastic steps to stop would-be cheats by introducing makeshift ‘blinkers’ for its examinees, thwarting students tempted by a furtive glance at their peers’ exam papers. The bizarre headgear — consisting of two A4 sheets of plain white writing paper attached by paperclips to a headband…

Ex-Red Sox star’s son arrested on charges of stabbing his girlfriend to death

BOSTON (Reuters) – The son of a former Boston Red Sox player and broadcaster has been arrested and will be charged on Friday with stabbing his girlfriend to death in their apartment outside Boston, the local prosecutor said. Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said the police were called to…

CIA crushes UFO conspiracy theorists’ hopes and dreams with Area 51 documents

Newly declassified documents with the dry title “Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974″ reveal that Area 51, long thought by conspiracy theorists to house debris from a crashed extraterrestrial vehicle, was merely a testing site for government spy planes. CIA officials had acknowledged the…

Descendants of Richard III win right to bury exhumed remains in York cathedral

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) – Descendants of Richard III won a court battle on Friday over where to bury the medieval monarch, whose bones were found under a car park last year, but were urged not to embark on a legal version of the Wars of the Roses in…

Judge dismisses hit-and-run case against singer Chris Brown

Los Angeles judge dismisses case after singer comes to ‘civil compromise’ with Mercedes driver Chris Brown has emerged unscathed from a hit-and-run case that threatened to see him jailed for four years. A judge dismissed the last of the charges relating to a car crash in May, stating that Brown…

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