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U.S. busts alleged Russian mob gambling ring

US federal prosecutors have charged 34 people allegedly linked to the Russian mob with running a high stakes illegal gambling business catering to multi-millionaires and billionaires. Clients, including Russian oligarchs, wracked up debts worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars, the Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday…

Seth MacFarlane condemns ‘abhorrent’ Family Guy mash-up of Boston Marathon bombing

“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane condemned a doctored online clip of the show depicting its star using a cellphone to trigger explosions at the Boston Marathon. The fake clip was based on scenes from an episode of the cult animated series which aired last month, and which was pulled by…

Hundreds turn out to mourn victims of Boston Marathon attack

Hundreds gathered at Boston Common on Tuesday night in one of a number of vigils held around the city. People lit candles, held signs and hugged one another as a choir sang from the bandstand in the middle of the common. Over 200 people looked on as night began to…

Disturbing report finds U.S. hospitals profit more when surgery goes wrong

US hospitals face a disincentive to improve care because they make drastically more money when surgery goes wrong than when a patient is discharged with no complications, a study published Tuesday found. “We found clear evidence that reducing harm and improving quality is perversely penalized in our current health care…

Those who sing in a choir report less anxiety, study finds

Research published online this month in the scientific journal Psychology of Music has found those singing in a choir report a positive impact on their psychological health. “Singing in a choir is a leisure occupation performed by millions of people in different cultures which requires a collaborative action,” Ahmet Muhip…

Human rights court blocks extradition of U.K.-based terror suspect to U.S.

Extraditing a UK-based terror suspect to an American “supermax” high security prison would constitute “inhuman or degrading treatment”, the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled. The Strasbourg court barred the removal of Haroon Aswat, whose nationality is unknown, from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to the US on account of…

Dick Cheney to attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president and driving force behind the country’s invasion of Iraq, is to attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, Downing Street have confirmed. Number 10 said Cheney would attend with his wife Lynne. Other high-profile US guests include Dr Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of…

Ricin found in letter to Senator Roger Wicker

Federal authorities intercepted a letter bound for the Washington office of US Senator Roger Wicker that contained the deadly poison ricin, a Senate leadership aide said Tuesday. The letter was detected during a routine inspection of mail at an off-site facility and did not reach the US Capitol or Wicker’s…

Ohio man gets 20 years in prison for trying to burn down mosque

A US man who set fire to a prayer rug in an Ohio mosque was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to hate crime charges, officials said Tuesday. “Hate crimes like this seek to damage more than buildings, they take aim at our American way of life,”…

Organizers vow to continue Boston Marathon next year

Boston Marathon organizers said Tuesday that next year’s race would go ahead as planned and that they are co-operating with law enforcement officials to find those responsible for the deadly blasts. “We are committed to continuing that tradition with the running of the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014,” said Thomas…

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