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‘James Bond’ stuntman from London Olympics killed in Alps jump

LONDON (Reuters) – A stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics dressed as the fictional British spy James Bond alongside a double of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been killed in a wing-diving accident in the Swiss Alps. Mark Sutton, 42, a former Ghurkha Rifles officer,…

Oglala Sioux Tribe votes to end alcohol ban on Pine Ridge Reservation

(Reuters) – Oglala Sioux Tribe members have voted to end a widely ignored prohibition on alcohol at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the United States. Tribe members voted 1,871 to 1,679 to end prohibition on the expansive reservation, spokeswoman Toni Red…

Top U.S. nuclear weapons facility to be powered by the wind

File this one away under Poetic Justice: the largest ever federally owned wind power project just broke ground at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, which happens to be the nation’s #1 facility for maintaining its nuclear weapons arsenal. The project…  …

Confronted by father of sick child, Chris Christie says decision on including kids in state’s medical pot bill due Friday

SCOTCH PLAINS — Brian Wilson stood face to face today with Gov. Chris Christie, the man who he says has the power to save the life of his 2-year-old daughter. Wilson shook as he confronted the Republican governor with the question he and dozens of…  …

Study: Young companies destroy more jobs than they create – unless they’re tech companies

Hey, startup world, some cause for alarm: On the whole, young companies destroy more jobs than they create. That’s because so many of them fail. But there is some solace: Young tech companies create many more jobs…  …

Scientists investigate the fate of ‘Endurance’ –explorer Ernest Shackleton’s sunken ship

A team of scientists has found no evidence in the Antarctic’s oceans of the mollusks that feed on wood, suggesting that Ernest Shackleton’s almost 100-year-old ship might be intact.(AP Photo/Frank Hurley-Copyright Scott Polar Research Institute/Royal…  …

White House says Egypt’s new regime is on the ‘wrong path’

The White House has stepped up condemnation of the interim Egyptian government as its bloody crackdown on protesters put the US under growing pressure to rethink its tacit support for the new military rulers. In its harshest criticism yet, White House spokesman Josh Earnest accused the military of breaking its…

U.S. prosecutors accuse two JPMorgan bankers of ‘creatively cooking books’

A breakdown in culture led to JP Morgan racking up $6bn loses in the “London Whale” trading scandal, US prosecutors claimed Wednesday as they filed criminal charges against two of its bankers. Referring to JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon’s initial dismissal of the potential losses, Preet Bharara, New York attorney…

The Bronze Age collapse was caused by climate change: study

A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations in the 13th century BC, researchers in France said Wednesday. In the Late Bronze Age, powerful kingdoms spanned lands that are now Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian territories,…

Facebook makes people more connected and less happy: study

People who use Facebook may feel more connected, but less happy. A study of young adults released Wednesday concluded that the more people used Facebook, the worse they subsequently felt. “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection,” said University of…

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