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Accused serial killer defends himself at trial: ‘I may have had sex with her, but I didn’t kill her’

By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – An accused California serial killer delivered the closing argument at his own capital murder trial on Friday, insisting as he has from the start of the proceeding that the prosecution’s case is built on nothing more than “opinions and theories.” Joseph Naso,…

Ways & Means Committee chair Camp will not run for open Senate seat

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. Representative David Camp said on Friday he would not run for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014 despite pleas from fellow Republicans that he would be the strongest candidate for the party. Camp, chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of…

Travel firms cancel trips to Egypt in light of violence

Violence sweeping Egypt has hit its tourism – a vital part of the economy – as governments warn holidaymakers to stay away, prompting some foreign travel agents to stop all trips there. The latest unrest looks likely to kill off a tentative recovery of a sector that accounted for more…

Denver police incapacitate gunman with bomb who shot two women

A gunman shot two women in a residential neighborhood in Denver on Friday, killing one, and set off a homemade bomb before he was critically wounded by police, authorities said. Police were searching the area for more explosives. Police Chief Robert White told reporters that police received an emergency 911…

Chris Christie agrees to legalize medical marijuana for chronically ill children

Christie conditionally vetoes kids medical marijuana bill (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana. However, the governor conditionally vetoed a bill on the issue because it goes further than he was willing to go. “As I have repeatedly…

Disabled gay veteran booed by anti-LGBT protestors in San Antonio

Eric Alva, a gay veteran who was the first Marine seriously injured the Iraq War, was repeatedly booed by anti-LGBT protestors as he spoke in favor of changes to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies that would add protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. A crowd led by several…

Swiss government urges voters to keep military conscription service

The Swiss government on Friday urged voters to maintain the country’s compulsory military service when they head to the polls next month for a referendum on the issue. If the Swiss approve a motion to end conscription in the September 22 vote, they will be putting Switzerland “in great peril,”…

Unemployed Spaniards rush to play slaves in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ film

Thousands of Spaniards in the depressed southern region of Andalusia are queueing up to play the role of slaves in film-maker Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic “Exodus”, hoping for a way out of unemployment. In a region with unemployment at 35 percent, the prospect of work as an extra with a…

Greek teen’s death after argument with bus ticket inspector sparks anti-austerity protests

By Harry Papachristou ATHENS (Reuters) – A 19-year-old Greek student who died after an argument with a bus ticket inspector has come to symbolize the plight of a population ground down by worsening poverty and unemployment. Thanassis Kanaoutis suffered a fatal head injury when he fell or jumped from a…

AOL plans to lay off half of the staff of local news network Patch

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) – AOL Inc said on Friday that it would cut a substantial number of jobs at its money-losing Patch local news site business, and a source close to the company said about half of the staff of 1,000 was being laid off. The company said…

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