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Sen. Harry Reid: Obama has ‘long list’ of Fed chair candidates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told U.S. Senate Democrats that he has a “long list” of potential candidates to take over as Federal Reserve Board chairman next year, and his party will support any of them. Reid, speaking to reporters, said that while he believes former top White House…

Government releases declassified documents on NSA spying authorization

By Deborah Charles and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government on Wednesday released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents…

J.K. Rowling gets ‘substantial’ charity payout over leaked pseudonym

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on Wednesday accepted a “substantial” donation to charity from the law firm which leaked the fact she had written a crime novel under a pseudonym. Russells, which specialises in entertainment law, will pay damages to a charity supporting soldiers after admitting exposing her as the…

O.J. Simpson granted parole but still serves for other charges in prison

(Reuters) – O.J. Simpson has been granted parole in Nevada on charges of kidnapping, robbery and burglary with a firearm but the former football star will remain in prison on other counts, under a ruling released on Wednesday by the state Board of Parole Commissioners. The board stated it was…

Taiwanese pet owners rush to inoculate animals as rabies strain jumps species

Pet owners in Taiwan were rushing to inoculate their animals on Wednesday after the first case of rabies in a shrew was confirmed, fuelling fears that an outbreak of the disease is spreading between species. Health authorities on the island have been battling to contain a rabies outbreak among so-called…

Rihanna wins legal battle over Topshop T-shirts bearing her image

Pop star Rihanna on Wednesday won a legal battle to prevent the British fashion chain Topshop from selling T-shirts bearing her image. The Barbadian singer, who brought the claim under her full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, had sought damages for unauthorised use of her picture. Topshop, owned by billionaire British…

Ride-sharing companies like Uber may lose ‘bandit cab’ stigma in California

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Commercial ride-sharing services offered by moonlighting motorists but frowned on by licensed taxi drivers and some cities as “bandit” cab operations would gain new legitimacy in California under a plan proposed on Tuesday by state regulators. The draft rules to govern companies that…

Controversial study finds that big and famous hospitals aren’t always the best for surgery

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Patients going to a hospital for surgery care about many things, from how kind the nurses are to how good the food is, but Consumers Union (CU) figures what they care about most is whether they stay in the hospital longer than they…

Billionaire Saudi prince loses UK court battle over Gaddafi jet

LONDON (Reuters) – A billionaire Saudi prince lost a London court battle on Wednesday when a judge ordered that he should pay a $10-million commission linked to the sale of a luxurious private jet to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The High Court ruling is an embarrassment for Prince Alwaleed…

5,000 Chinese factory workers strike over Indian takeover of American firm

More than 5,000 Chinese workers at a Sino-US joint venture tyre manufacturer have gone on strike against the American parent company’s $2.5 billion takeover by an Indian firm, state media reported. Cooper Tire and Rubber announced last month that it would be taken over by Apollo Tyres of India, making…

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