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Bloomberg ‘might feel differently’ about ‘stop and frisk’ if he had a black or Hispanic son

In an editorial published in Sunday’s Washington Post, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vigorously defended the New York City Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy on the grounds that the practice prevented 21,651 murders in 2012, before adding that “more than 90 percent of [the victims] would have been black and Hispanic.…

Australian man forced to go to ER to have a dessert fork removed from his urethra

In the latest issue of the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, Doctors Krishanth Naidu, Amanda Chung and Maurice Mulcahy used the unfortunate experience of one Canberra man [Ed. note: Medical pictures at link are NSFW] to illustrate the importance of training doctors to remove self-inserted foreign objects from people’s…

Lawmakers travel the world on lobbyists’ dime

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are once again taking advantage of their summer recess to race around the globe on privately financed tours to places like China, the Middle East and Scotland – trips watchdog groups cite as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling. Critics of…

Watchdog: Fannie and Freddie should be required to recognize bad mortgages ‘immediately’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are masking billions of dollars losses because of the level of delinquent home loans they carry, a federal watchdog said in an internal report, and it said the companies should be required immediately to recognize the costs of some bad mortgages. The…

Austrian brewer revives 300-year-old beer

VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian brewery is offering beer lovers a trip back in time by reviving a 300-year-old recipe it found in the town archives. The family-owned Hofstetten brewery in the Upper Austrian town of Saint Martin recreated the “Neuhauser Herrschafts Pier” from ingredients listed in an invoice for…

Saudi Arabia ready to replace Western aid to Egypt

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Arab and Islamic countries will step in to help Egypt if Western nations cut aid packages to Cairo over its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters. “To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say…

Facebook won’t reward hacker who exposed security flaw in Zuckerberg’s profile

A researcher who hacked into Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s profile to expose a security flaw won’t get the customary reward payment from the social network. While Facebook offers rewards for those who find security holes, it seems that Palestinian researcher Khalil Shreateh went too far by posting the information on…

California tea party legislator pulling ‘horrified’ teenagers from school to avoid transgender equality law

California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly went on Fox & Friends this morning and declared that he would be pulling his “horrified” children from public schools now that Jerry Brown has signed AB 1266 into law. The bill allows transgender students the opportunity to participate in sex-segregated activities and use restroom…

Glenn Greenwald vows to release UK secrets after they detained his partner for 9 hours

By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be “sorry” for detaining his partner for nine hours. British authorities used anti-terrorism laws on…

8 Chinese police officers fired for skinny dipping at tourist destination

Eight Chinese policemen were sacked Monday after their naked swim at a tourist venue made waves online, state media said. The auxiliary police officers were dismissed for “causing a negative impact on the image of the police”, Xinhua news agency quoted the public security bureau of Lushan county in the…

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