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Woman accused of leaving poop in ex-employer’s oven and refrigerator

A home health care worker in Norwalk, CT is accused of leaving feces in her former employers’ oven and refrigerator after a work-related dispute. According to the Norwalk Hour, 40-year-old Fiona Clarke of Fairfield, CT turned herself in on Thursday and was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and breach of…

The imperatives of National Grammar Day

How, dear reader, will you celebrate National Grammar Day? National Grammar Day was launched in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, or SPOGG. It is being observed for the sixth time on March 4. You’ve got to hand it to Ms. Brockenbrough…

China “fully prepared” for currency war: banker

A top Chinese banker said Beijing is “fully prepared” for a currency war as he urged the world to abide by a consensus reached by the G20 to avert confrontation, state media reported Saturday. Yi Gang, deputy governor of China’s central bank, issued the call after G20 finance ministers last…

Old families keep the secret of Timbuktu’s manuscripts

Though armed Islamists have left their town, the grand old families of Timbuktu are still wary of revealing the secret of how they safeguarded thousands of ancient manuscripts from destruction by extremists. Before they fled the fabled desert town in northern Mali at the end of January, the Islamists sacked…

High-speed bullet train derails in Japan

A Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, media reports said. The first car of the “Komachi” No. 25 bullet train came off the rails on the high-speed Akita Shinkansen line in Akita,…

Kenya’s presidential race: a tale of two families

Kenya’s top two presidential contenders will face off against each other in polls Monday for the first time, but bring with them a long history of rivalry from political dynasties dating back more than half a century. Uhuru Kenyatta, deputy prime minister and son of Kenya’s first president, is neck-and-neck…

Obama calls for replacing sequester with balanced approach

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to replace automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester with what he called “a balanced approach,” which combines “smart” cuts with reforms. The appeal came the day after the president, complying with the law, signed an order bringing arbitrary cuts worth $85…

Famously corporate-friendly Switzerland set to get tough on CEO pay

Switzerland has a reputation as one of the most business-friendly countries in the world. But huge salaries and bonuses for top managers of Switzerland’s listed companies could soon be a thing of the past if voters back a national initiative on Sunday. At least 64 percent of the Swiss population…

Easter candy recall: Chocolate eggs may contain salmonella

The FDA has announced an Easter candy recall of certain lots of Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs in five states that may be contaminated with salmonella. The marshmallow eggs were manufactured by Zachary Confections, of Frankfurt, Ind., which makes chocolates, candy corn, and jelly beans,…  …

New Defense Secretary Hagel scolds budget cuts

Major budget cuts will endanger the US military’s ability to conduct its missions, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel warned. His comments came hours before President Barack Obama authorized cuts in domestic and defense spending, following the failure of efforts to clinch a deal with Republicans on cutting the deficit. Hagel, whose…

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