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Apple restores some access to developers’ website after attack

By Aman Shah (Reuters) – Apple Inc has partially restored its main website for developers, eight days after shuttering it in response to a cyber attack that prompted a harried upgrade to prevent future breaches. Apple’s developer site, which the company uses to communicate with its community of close to…

Former Tiffany & Co. exec pleads guilty to stealing $2.1 million in jewelry

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former executive at jeweler Tiffany & Co pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $2 million worth of jewelry from her one-time employer. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, a former vice president of product development, pleaded guilty to a count of interstate transportation of…

Pope Francis asks Brazil’s youth to help ‘the innocent and the defenseless’

By Philip Pullella and Anthony Boadle RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged young people on Friday to change a world where food is discarded while millions go hungry, where racism and violence still affront human dignity and where politics is more associated with corruption than service. Francis, on…

Sandy’s offspring: baby boom nine months after storm

The lights go out, there is no television and the kids had been packed off to the grandparents. As they say in New York: “Waddaya gonna do?” When Superstorm Sandy crashed into the northeastern seaboard of the United States in October last year it seems it was not just the…

More countries moving to abolish death penalty: report

The number of death penalties carried out worldwide dropped last year according to an annual report released Friday by an Italian non-governmental organisation. The global number dropped from 5,004 in 2011 to 3,967 in 2012, while the number of countries that abolished capital punishment rose from 155 to 158 over…

Trayvon Martin’s mother: ‘Use my broken heart’ to change gun laws

By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin sharply criticized Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in a speech on Friday, nearly two weeks after the man who shot her unarmed son was acquitted of murder charges. “Wrap your mind around no prom for Trayvon,” Sybrina…

Director Woody Allen considering return to standup comedy

Woody Allen says he is considering a return to standup comedy, four decades after he gave up the nightclub circuit and launched a celebrated filmmaking career. The idea came when he watched legendary comic Mort Sahl at New York’s famous Cafe Carlyle last month, he told trade journal Variety, in…

Cleveland man who trapped women for years gets life in prison

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former Cleveland school bus driver who held three women captive for years pleaded guilty on Friday to hundreds of charges of kidnapping and rape, allowing him to avoid the death penalty and instead serve life in prison without parole. At a court hearing,…

Obama won’t pick Fed chair until fall: White House

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House moved on Friday to damp down speculation about President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Reserve when Ben Bernanke’s term expires, saying no decision has been made and no announcement is likely until the fall. Bernanke’s second four-year term as…

Swedish lesbians far more likely to marry than gay men

Lesbian women in Sweden are more likely to enter a same-sex marriage or civil partnership than gay men are, according to data released by the country’s statistics agency on Friday. At the end of last year, 4,521 Swedish women were registered as having a spouse of the same gender, which…

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