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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan on the series’ end: ‘There will be blood’

Why viewers still identify with Walter White, his plans for a Saul Goodman spin-off – and why it’s time to end the hit series now. By John Plunkett It was described by one television executive as the worst idea for a show he had ever heard. Now Breaking Bad, the…

Germany will be first European country to recognize babies as gender ‘undetermined’ come November

From 1 November babies born in Germany without clear gender-determining characteristics will be able to be registered Germany will become the first country in Europe to join a small group of nations which recognise a third or “undetermined” sex when registering births, according to a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.…

Bipartisan calls to cut off Egyptian aid emerge after military crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing bipartisan chorus of U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday that the United States should suspend its $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt following a violent crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 800 dead. Senator John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate…

Police say man caught downloading child porn on his phone while being interviewed by police

Perhaps, when one is being interviewed by police about the thousands of child pornography images police appear to have discovered on one’s computer, it is advisable to turn off your phone. A public defender entered Walter Louis Gafvert III’s not guilty plea to the felony count of possessing child pornography…

Poachers can’t get this one: Black rhino baby born in Atlanta zoo

By Noreen O’Donnell (Reuters) – An eastern black rhinoceros has been born at Atlanta’s zoo for the first time in the facility’s history, spurring hopes of renewed interest in the fate of the critically endangered animal. The calf, which was born on Saturday night, appears to be healthy and bonding…

Gitmo defendant’s lawyer lawyers: CIA gave ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ makers more info than his defense

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal are pushing the judge to set a September 2014 trial date in the 9/11 case, a decision that could hinge on how deeply the defense is allowed to delve into the defendants’ treatment in secret…

Kim Jong Un woos defectors: Come home. We won’t kill you … promise

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is taking a new approach to defectors who have fled his impoverished and repressive state, promising they will not be harmed if they come home, and even offering cash rewards, according to some in the exile community. For some who return from…

J.P. Morgan’s practice of hiring Chinese elite’s children to win favors sparks SEC investigation

AFP – The United States is investigating JPMorgan over its hiring practices in China, the company confirmed Sunday. The New York Times had earlier reported that the investment bank was under investigation over claims it hired the children of influential Chinese officials to secure business in the country. “We publicly…

FDA inquires about weight-gainer Zilmax in cattle feed after industry blowback

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it was working with drugmaker Merck & Co and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to gather information on the cattle feed additive Zilmax and determine if it is unsafe. The FDA, in an email response to a Reuters…

1000 firefighters attack Sun Valley forest fire in Idaho: 5000 homes at stake

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters readied for a massive ground and air attack on Sunday against a wildfire in central Idaho that has forced the evacuation of some 2,250 homes and threatens the posh Sun Valley ski resort. The fire raging across parched sagebrush, grasslands and pine forests near high-end…

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