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Anxious families await body identification from Mexico mass grave

Families of 12 young people who were kidnapped from a Mexico City bar in May waited anxiously Friday to learn if a mass grave near the capital contained their sons and daughters. Investigators found seven decomposed bodies on a ranch southeast of the city Thursday and dug through the night…

NSA inspector general admits to ‘willful violations’ of agency’s authority

Inspector general’s admission undermines fresh insistences from president that breaches of privacy rules were inadvertent US intelligence analysts have deliberately broken rules designed to prevent them from spying on Americans, according to an admission by the National Security Agency that undermines fresh insistences from Barack Obama on Friday that all…

Manufacturing of Zeppelins temporarily shut down sausage makers in World War I

Quantity of cow intestines used in manufacturing airships was so enormous that making of sausages was temporarily outlawed in Germany Although Winston Churchill dismissed them as “enormous bladders of combustible and explosive gas” before the first world war began, the leviathans that loomed out of the night skies to drop…

Putin bans protests at Sochi Olympics and restricts access to the city

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned protests in Sochi during the Winter Olympics next year and ordered severely restricted access to the city, according to an decree published Friday. The presidential decree published in the official newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta imposes special zones on the territory of Sochi “in order to…

Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan found guilty on all counts

Former U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for the shooting rampage that took place at Fort Hood Army Base on Nov. 5, 2009. CBS News reported that jurors found Hasan guilty of all charges in the case, leaving open the…

Conservative Koch brothers pass on buying Tribune Co. newspapers

Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — known for bankrolling conservative causes — won’t be buying the newspapers up for sale by Tribune Co. A spokeswoman for Koch industries said Friday the group would not be bidding for the newspapers which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, confirming…

Why Germany is so outraged over NSA snooping

By Jannis Brühl, ProPublica Germans like posting baby pictures, party snapshots and witty comments on Facebook just like anyone else. They just do not want to get caught doing it. Many of us use fake names for their profiles 2013 silly puns, movie characters or anagrams and “remixes” of their…

Sen. Inhofe: Pentagon’s same sex couple policies are unfair to straight families

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking minority member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement today expressing “great concern to [a Defense Department] policy issued on August 13, 2013, especially the intent to extend special uncharged leave benefits to same-sex partners and not to all military couples.” He…

Pacific free trade agreement talks break down

Representatives from countries negotiating a free trade pact that will cover nearly 40 percent of global economic output said Friday that differences between them persisted, as the US sought to assuage concerns over a looming year-end deadline. Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific, Latin American and North American regions have been…

Southern Spain on the hunt for a prowling black panther

Spain stepped up the hunt Friday for a “large feline” feared to be a black panther prowling near startled residents, after a four-day search netted no more than a fox and a domestic cat. Environmental officers set up night-vision cameras and extra cages to try to trap the elusive animal…

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