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UN ambassador nominee Samantha Power criticizes world body’s ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

President Barack Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador on Wednesday slammed the global body’s “unacceptable bias” against Israel, even as detractors criticize her past statements about America’s closest Mideast ally. Genocide expert and human rights champion Samantha Power enjoys bipartisan support in the US Senate, where broad cooperation this week on…

Snoop: Zimmerman prosecution was lacking because Trayvon Martin was black

Reggae artist Snoop Lion, formerly known as rap artist Snoop Dogg, said at a press event for his new film “Turbo” on Wednesday that he felt the prosecution in the Zimmerman murder trial was lacking because the victim, Trayvon Martin, was black. “If that had been a black-on-black crime, it…

Queen Elizabeth II gives her ‘royal assent’ to a bill approved by lawmakers legalizing same-sex marriage

Britain legalised gay marriage Wednesday after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent to a bill approved by lawmakers, paving the way for the first same sex weddings in 2014. Members of parliament cheered as they were told the historic bill, pushed through by Prime Minister David Cameron despite opposition…

Bill O’Reilly: Stevie Wonder boycotting Florida and 21 other states to ‘sell product’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday accused Stevie Wonder of trying to “sell product” after the musician pledged to boycott Florida and all of the other 21 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws. Following a Florida jury’s decision to find former neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman not guilty for the…

Millions of U.S. license plates tracked and stored – and it’s not just government agencies

Alarming number of databases across US are storing details of Americans’ locations – not just government agencies Millions of Americans are having their movements tracked through automated scanning of their car license plates, with the records held often indefinitely in vast government and private databases. A new report from the…

UK spy agency claims it did not illegally use U.S. PRISM data

Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency GCHQ did not bypass the law by using data from the secret US PRISM surveillance programme exposed by Edward Snowden, MPs said on Wednesday. The British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said a minister had signed off on a warrant for all of the agency’s requests…

Google scrambling to compete in online television market

US Internet giant Google is scrambling to deliver pay television online and has met with some content providers on licensing, The Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday. “If the Web giant goes ahead with the idea, it would join several other companies planning to offer services that deliver cable TV-style packages…

Kosher lube puts oral sex on the menu for Orthodox Jews

Rabbis have certified a range of lubricants as kosher. Is this the first rabbinically approved innovation to help oral sex? Rabbis have rarely generated so much excitement. At least not in the bedroom. For the first time, Orthodox Jews can buy sexual lubricants that have been declared kosher. The US-made…

Poop-based parasite sickens over 100 in three states

A parasite that comes from fecal matter has been spotted in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas since the beginning of July, authorities warned this week. The cyclospora parasite comes from fecal matter and is typically contracted by humans who eat produce tainted by said fecal matter. Over 100 people came down…

Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke says stimulus may end mid-2014

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated Wednesday that the Fed stimulus could be wound down next year if economic growth remains steady as forecast. But Bernanke warned that government spending cuts continue to threaten growth and that tapering the big bond-purchase program is “by no means” a “preset course”.…

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