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‘Northampton Clown’ terrifies British town for ‘harmless fun’

A mysterious clown dressed like the malevolent character from the Stephen King novel “It” has been scaring residents with random appearances in the British town of Northampton. The “Northampton Clown”, whose identity remains unknown, said on Friday that the bizarre behaviour involving posting pictures of himself around the town was…

U.S. markets slide as government budget battle mounts

U.S. markets slid Friday, giving up much of the gains made on the Federal Reserve’s no-taper decision, as the country girded for a disruptive Washington budget and debt showdown. At the closing bell the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 181.09 points (1.16 percent) at 15,455.56. The broad-based S&P 500…

Smartphone maker BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs

BlackBerry Friday said it would cut 4,500 jobs as the struggling Canadian smartphone maker retrenches in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its ne handsets. BlackBerry said it expects a loss of $950 to $995 million in second quarter. The company’s highly-publicized launch of the BlackBerry 10…

House Republican: Ted Cruz is a ‘fraud,’ and ‘bad for the party’

A top House Republican said he hoped Friday’s vote to keep the government running but strip funding for Obamacare would expose Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz as “a fraud.” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he hoped the likely doomed Senate vote to defund the Affordable Care Act would show Republicans…

DA drops charges against Saudi princess in human trafficking case

US prosecutors have dropped human trafficking charges against a Saudi princess accused of holding a Kenyan housekeeper against her will, officials said Friday. Meshael Alayban, one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, had been due to enter a plea in court to the…

Obama tells Republicans: If we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we are deadbeats

President Barack Obama warned Friday that America would become a “deadbeat” nation if conservative Republicans refuse to raise the government’s debt ceiling by next month and throw the economy into crisis. Obama traveled to a car plant in Missouri to slam Republicans who are threatening to make an increase in…

Pentagon deletes Twitter account for joking about movie theatre bombing

The Pentagon has scrapped the Twitter account of an agency that counters homemade explosives after it posted joking comments about a bombing in the Philippines, officials said Friday. After explosions at two movie theaters in the Philippines, a staff member at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization (JIEDDO) wrote in…

Florida man sets fire to friend’s mobile home in dispute — forgetting it’s also his own home

A Florida man set fire to a friend’s mobile home after he refused to drive him into town, authorities said. The St. Augustine Record reported that 52-year-old Harold Netherland, of St. Johns County, had gotten into an argument Tuesday evening with a friend after he refused to give him a…

Academics join CUNY protests against David Petraeus as NYPD arrests six students

Scores of academics at the City University of New York have signed a petition calling for charges against six students, arrested during a protest against David Petraeus, to be dropped. The academics have also called for the former four-star general to resign from his teaching role at CUNY. The six…

NSA tells families of employees: Media outlets have sensationalized leaks

The National Security Agency has sent a letter to its employees’ family members, in an effort to “reassure” relatives about the agency’s work. The letter, signed by NSA director General Keith Alexander and deputy director John Inglis, is dated 13 September and is addressed to “NSA/CSS family”. It characterises press…

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