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Naked Georgia man arrested for shaking penis at women

Police in Athens, Georgia arrested 29-year-old Clifford Eric Atkinson Tuesday night after several women in an apartment complex called reporting an intruder who was acting erratically. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Atkinson was “running around and shaking his penis” at women in the complex. Athens-Clarke County Police told the Banner-Herald…

Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke tells Congress: You’re making weak economy worse

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the US economy needs more help from the fiscal policies that Congress controls, not just from the Fed’s own stimulus efforts. He said that the economy faces “strong headwinds created by federal…  …

Collision of exceedingly rare neutron stars is now thought to be the source of the universe’s gold

Brides and grooms have stars not only in their eyes, but also in their wedding bands, scientists have found.;  …

Rules of English spelling ‘revealed’ by British linguist

You are forgiven, dear reader, if your initial reaction to the headline is, There are rules? Ah, but there are – not quite like the rules of bridge or football or the United States Senate, but generalizations to help you place a word and its background…  …

Ex-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta fined $13.9 million for insider trading

A federal judge Wednesday ordered former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta to pay a $13.9 million penalty related to insider trading, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced. Under the order, signed by US Judge Jed Rakoff, Gupta is also barred from acting as an officer or director of a…

Pakistan’s Taliban accuses 16-year-old rights activist Malala of smear campaign

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has written to Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist shot by militants, accusing her of “smearing” them and of promoting “satanic” values, while urging her to return home. Gunmen from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shot Malala, now 16, in the head in her home town…

Captured Zetas drug boss Miguel Angel Trevino seeks protection from ‘torture’ from Mexican authorities

The captured head of the Zetas drug cartel has filed for legal protection over claims that he is at risk of torture or isolation during his detention, court officials said. A court official who visited Miguel Angel Trevino, alias “Z-40,” determined that the drug kingpin has no grounds to complain…

World increasingly believes China will become the top superpower: Pew poll

The world increasingly believes China will become the top superpower but the United States enjoys a better image in most regions, according to a poll released Thursday. A 39-nation study by the Pew Research Center found that the United States is still enjoying the boost to its reputation that followed…

Fearful Indian schoolchildren refuse free meals

Thousands of schoolchildren were refusing free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said Thursday. Authorities were trying to reassure frightened students and parents in the state of Bihar as police stepped up their investigation into the tragedy, focusing on…

‘Improving’ Mandela marks 95th birthday in hospital

Nelson Mandela spent his 95th birthday in hospital Thursday but his health was “steadily improving”, the South African presidency said, as people around the world honoured his legacy with charitable acts. With a wave of good deeds planned to mark Nelson Mandela Day, South Africans awoke to word that their…

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