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274 missing and 24 dead after boat collision in the Philippines

By Manuel Mogato CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – A Philippine ferry sank after colliding with a cargo vessel killing at least 24 people and leaving nearly 300 missing, the coast guard said on Saturday. Some 572 people were rescued after Friday’s accident at the mouth of a channel approaching the port…

Pennsylvania voter ID law blocked again in court

By Dave Warner Philadelphia (Reuters) – An appellate court on Friday ruled that Pennsylvania will once again be prohibited from enforcing its controversial voter identification law at the polls in November. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley issued an injunction that prohibits use of the law at the general election on…

Muslim Brotherhood pushes for more protests after bloody ‘Day of Rage’

By Crispian Balmer and Yasmine Saleh CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood defiantly called for a week of protests across Egypt starting on Saturday, a day after more than 100 people died in clashes between Islamists and the security forces that pushed the country ever closer to anarchy. Undeterred by…

Protest chic: Designer Vivienne Westwood joins successful anti-fracking demonstration

Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was among hundreds of protestors who have managed to temporarily stop a purported fracking excavation in a British village. “It’s just storing up for the future, near future even, with financial problems and ultimately, you know, we’ll all fry,” Westwood told Sky News on Friday…

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp could face corporate hacking charges

By Michael Holden and Mark Hosenball LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – London police are actively investigating Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business for possible criminal violations over allegations of phone-hacking and illegal payments to public officials by its journalists, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Murdoch’s News Corp said it was…

Accused serial killer defends himself at trial: ‘I may have had sex with her, but I didn’t kill her’

By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – An accused California serial killer delivered the closing argument at his own capital murder trial on Friday, insisting as he has from the start of the proceeding that the prosecution’s case is built on nothing more than “opinions and theories.” Joseph Naso,…

Ways & Means Committee chair Camp will not run for open Senate seat

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. Representative David Camp said on Friday he would not run for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014 despite pleas from fellow Republicans that he would be the strongest candidate for the party. Camp, chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of…

Travel firms cancel trips to Egypt in light of violence

Violence sweeping Egypt has hit its tourism – a vital part of the economy – as governments warn holidaymakers to stay away, prompting some foreign travel agents to stop all trips there. The latest unrest looks likely to kill off a tentative recovery of a sector that accounted for more…

Denver police incapacitate gunman with bomb who shot two women

A gunman shot two women in a residential neighborhood in Denver on Friday, killing one, and set off a homemade bomb before he was critically wounded by police, authorities said. Police were searching the area for more explosives. Police Chief Robert White told reporters that police received an emergency 911…

Chris Christie agrees to legalize medical marijuana for chronically ill children

Christie conditionally vetoes kids medical marijuana bill (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana. However, the governor conditionally vetoed a bill on the issue because it goes further than he was willing to go. “As I have repeatedly…

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