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Colin Powell to North Carolina Governor: ‘There is no voter fraud’

Speaking at the CEO Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina to an audience that included Governor Pat McCrory (R), former Secretary of State Colin Powell attacked the restrictive voting law the governor signed into law on August 12. The new law requires photo identification at the polls, limits the number of…

British court rules police can partially examine documents seized from Greenwald’s partner

Britain’s High Court ruled Thursday that material seized from the Brazilian partner of a journalist working to publish secrets from US leaker Edward Snowden can only be partially examined by police. Police in Britain launched a criminal investigation over the data, claiming the files it has seen are “highly sensitive”…

Mother of Japanese pop star jumped from 13th floor in apparent suicide

The mother of Japanese pop singer Hikaru Utada has been found dead after plunging from a 13th storey apartment in an apparent suicide, reports said Thursday. Police believe Keiko Fuji, 62, jumped to her death from the Tokyo home she shared with a man in his 30s, Jiji Press said,…

China establishes ‘experimental’ free trade zone in Shanghai

China has approved an “experimental” free trade zone in its commercial hub Shanghai as it tries to promote economic reforms, the government said Thursday. The State Council, or cabinet, recently approved the zone after giving the preliminary go-ahead in July, the commerce ministry said in a statement. It said the…

Mass grave site found near Mexico city

Mexican authorities are investigating whether human remains found in a park outside the capital belong to 12 young people whose kidnapping in May shocked the city, officials said Thursday. Mexico City’s top prosecutor, Rodolfo Rios, said the remains of seven people have been recovered since the search began Wednesday and…

NASDAQ suspends all stock, options trading after technical glitches grind system to a halt

NEW YORK — Nasdaq Thursday suspended trading of all stocks and options due to technical problems. The exchange halted trade in all “Tape C” securities, which includes options and securities. A message from Nasdaq around 1615 GMT recommended traders route transactions to other exchanges. The tech-rich exchange said on it…

Justice Department sues Texas over ‘discrimination’ in voter I.D. and redistricting laws

The Department of Justice announced today that it will sue Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the state’s new voter identification law (S.B. 14). The law creates strict new standards that the Justice Department believes to be in violation…

Chemical weapons experts say symptoms in Syria consistent with nerve gas attack

The convulsions, pinpoint pupils and laboured breathing seen in victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria could be symptoms of nerve gas, experts said Thursday, but only blood and urine samples can provide proof. Syria’s main opposition group says more than 1,300 people were killed Wednesday in a government…

Scientists ponder global warming effects as sun enters era of very few sunspots

Global warming: What happens if the sun loses its spots? (via The Christian Science Monitor) NASA scientists keep a close eye on the sun, seen here without sunspots, in 2007.(NASA/AP) What would happen to global warming if the sun quit producing sunspots for a few decades? The question is of…

Liz Cheney opts out of court appearance in illegal fishing license case

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Wyoming Senate candidate Elizabeth Cheney (R) may have violated the Game & Fish Department’s residency laws when she purchased an in-state fishing license. Today, the Jackson Hole Daily reported that Cheney posted a $220 bond on Monday on the charge of making a false…

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