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40 percent of white Americans have no friends who belong to a different race

About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. The figures highlight how segregated the United States remains in the wake of a debate on race sparked by last month’s acquittal…

Tons of radioactive water pouring out of crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

By Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The…

Long-lost Orson Welles film ‘Too Much Johnson’ turns up in Italy

A long-lost silent film directed by Orson Welles in 1938 has been recovered from a warehouse in northeastern Italy, where it will be screened in public for the first time in October. “Too Much Johnson” was originally intended to be shown as a prologue to a slapstick comedy at the…

Manhunt widens for man suspected in California murder-abduction case

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Police and federal agents in Southern California widened their manhunt on Wednesday for a computer technician who is suspected in the slaying of a longtime friend, the disappearance of her two children and the arson fire of his own home. The fugitive, James…

Russian journalists face charges over ‘negative’ Winter Olympics stories

Journalists and bloggers are among several groups that have been harassed and threatened by authorities in the Russian city of Sochi in the build-up to next year’s Winter Olympics, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). Two journalists and a newspaper director are said to be facing criminal charges after reporting stories…

Jurassic-era furry beast called Megaconus provides clues to the evolution of mammals

The discovery of a small furry beast from the Jurassic era has given scientists fresh insights into the evolution of the first mammals on Earth. The fossilised remains of the squirrel-sized animal that plodded rather than scampered, came from rock dated to 165m years ago, when feathered dinosaurs shared the…

Walmart agrees to pay $190,000 fine after inspectors find ‘repeat and serious’ health and safety violations

Walmart has agreed to improve safety conditions at more than 2,800 stores in 28 US states after inspectors discovered “repeat and serious” health and safety violations at a store in Rochester, New York. The agreement, which included a $190,000 fine, was negotiated by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health…

This is your brain on Burning Man

No need for psychedelic substances: The cultural milieu at the week-long annual art festival known as Burning Man is enough to alter your mind. Research published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Emotion Science in July found that an individual’s social and cultural environment influenced how they controlled their emotional…

NYPD agrees to purge database of people stopped by police

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Police Department has agreed to purge a database of names and addresses of people stopped by police under the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program but later cleared of criminal wrongdoing. The department will cease collecting the information as part of…

Snowden’s father says Putin will continue to stand firm

By Tabassum Zakaria and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor, predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow’s decision to grant his son asylum. Lon…

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