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Water contamination suspected as more than 1,000 pig corpses float down China’s Shanghai river

More than 1,000 dead pigs have been found floating in Shanghai’s main waterway, the Chinese city’s government said Monday, as residents expressed fears over possible drinking water contamination. Workers in the southwestern district of Songjiang fished more than 1,200 dead swine out of the Huangpu river, which goes on to…

Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg inspires women to ‘lean in’ to succeed

Powerful Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg is out to make herself less of an anomaly as she launches a campaign to inspire women to pursue their passions at work and at home. The 43-year-old mom and Facebook chief operating officer on Monday releases “Lean In,” in which she weaves stories from…

New female-friendly dating app promises to be better ‘mousetrap’

Not long after her husband left her “to live in a van down by the river” in Idaho, as she puts it, Elissa Shevinsky thought it was high time for a better mouse trap. Or rather, a better dating website. The thirty-something app developer who divides her time between New…

Croatian car buff invents ‘eco-conscious’ car for the rich

A Croatian car buff has briefly set aside his day job of building demining and firefighting robots to satisfy his childhood dream of making a high-end electric auto he hopes will be a global hit with eco-conscious customers. The first model, a pinkish violet three-seater with gullwing doors, proudly dominates…

Iran helping U.S. search for missing ex-FBI agent

Iran on Sunday repeated its offer to help the United States in finding an ex-FBI agent who went missing while on a trip to the Islamic republic to probe cigarette counterfeiting in the region. On Friday the United States, arch-foe of Iran, asked again for Tehran’s help in finding Robert…

Top French cardinal says not to put all the blame on Church for sex abuse

Putting the blame for paedophilia on the Roman Catholic Church is a way of avoiding the issue, a top French cardinal says. “There is a kind of opinion that is an easy way of ridding (society) of the issue of paedophilia by putting it on the Church,” Andre Vingt-Trois, the…

Airbnb founder touts being ‘homeless’ as product testing

On any given night, up to 60,000 people stay in places they found on Airbnb. One of them is always the guy who co-founded the fast-growing online travel lodging service. “In June 2010, I moved out of my apartment and I have been mostly homeless ever since, off and on,”…

Bug-sweepers ensure cardinals won’t tweet during papal enclave

There will be no tweeting the results of the papal election from inside the secret conclave: cardinals withdrawing to choose a new pope enter a world apart where ancient ritual meets high-tech security. Red-robed cardinals in all their finery chant to invoke God’s guidance as they process into the Sistine…

Harvard rounds up emails to find professor who leaked cheating scandal

Boston Globe reports the Ivy League university secretly spied on emails during investigation into leak about cheating scandal A covert security operation at Harvard University saw the emails of 16 resident deans secretly searched in an attempt to unmask the culprit who leaked details of a cheating scandal at the…

Catholic Cardinals celebrate masses in Rome before picking new Pope

Cardinals set for a conclave this week to elect a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics celebrated masses across Rome on Sunday, as parishioners picked their papal favourites. Some of the 115 cardinals who will choose a successor to Benedict XVI addressed the faithful before they are shut…

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