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French president promises to keep ban on Monsanto GMO corn despite court ruling

French President Francois Hollande said Friday that a ban on growing GM corn sold by US giant Monsanto would remain in place, despite a court ruling reversing the suspension. “The moratorium will be extended,” he said on a visit to the southwestern department of Dordogne. France’s Council of State court…

Nepal’s tourism bureau promises to keep ‘tighter control’ of Mount Everest climbs

Nepal’s tourism ministry said Friday it plans to exercise tighter control of climbers scaling Mount Everest to make sure they keep the world’s highest peak clean and to prevent rows. The ministry will set up a 10-member team made up of government officials, veteran Nepalese climbers and security officers that…

Boston mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger refuses to testify in ‘sham’ trial

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – Former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger on Friday called his trial on murder and racketeering charges “a sham” and said he will not take the witness stand, as his defense rested its case. “My thing is, as far as I’m concerned… this is a…

FDA: ‘Gluten-free’ foods now must legally have less than .002 percent gluten

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Labels declaring foods to be “gluten-free” will need to meet new standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The standards, announced on Friday, are designed to protect patients with celiac disease, an inflammatory condition of the intestine that is triggered by gluten,…

Black box reveals Spanish train was going twice the speed limit — 111 mph — when it crashed

A Spanish train was hurtling around a curve at 179 kph (111 mph), more than twice the speed limit, when it leapt off the tracks in a disaster that killed 79 people, a report on the contents of the “black box” recorders showed Friday. The train driver was on the…

Official refuses to resign after saying Japan should follow Nazis’ constitution overhaul

Japan’s gaffe-prone deputy prime minister on Friday rejected calls for his resignation after stoking international condemnation by saying Tokyo could learn from the Nazis’ swift overhaul of Germany’s constitution. Taro Aso, who is also Japan’s finance minister, added that he had no plan to apologise, as he repeated a day-earlier…

Brawl breaks out in Taiwanese legislature over planned nuclear plant

TAIPEI — Taiwanese lawmakers hurled water and wrestled each other to the floor of the island’s parliament Friday in a brawl which broke out during a debate on the fate of a controversial nuclear plant. Dozens of lawmakers from opposing camps clashed as they tried to seize the chamber’s podium…

Unemployment rate falls to 7.4 percent despite slower job growth due to shrinking labor force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employers slowed their pace of hiring in July but the jobless rate fell anyway, mixed signals that could make the U.S. Federal Reserve more cautious about drawing down its huge economic stimulus program. The number of jobs outside the farming sector increased by 162,000, the Labor…

NFL player appologizes for using racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert

NFL Cooper apologizes for racial slur (via Fox Sports) Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for using a racial slur. Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for using a racial slur. Updated Aug 1, 2013 11:59 AM ET   PHILADELPHIA (AP) Saying he was ”ashamed and disgusted” with himself, Eagles wide receiver Riley……

Woman accused of spraying green paint on Washington monuments to appear in court

(Reuters) – A woman accused of dumping green paint on parts of the National Cathedral was scheduled to appear in a Washington court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on charges of destroying property. Jia M. Tian, 58, is accused of splashing green paint on a pipe organ and on…

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