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Appeals court reverses course and says poker is gambling, not game of skill

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – Poker may be a game of skill, but that does not protect a man who hosted games of “Texas Hold ‘Em” from being prosecuted under an anti-gambling law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of…

Ex-madam running for comptroller against Spitzer in NYC arrested for selling drugs

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Manhattan madam who is running for New York City comptroller was arrested and charged with selling prescription pills for cash, FBI officials said on Tuesday. In the latest twist to a scandal-hit city campaign season, officials announced the arrest of 38-year-old…

Justice Department sues Bank of America over mortgage-backed securities fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it had filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America for what government lawyers said was a fraud on investors involving $850 million of residential mortgage-backed securities. The government filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina,…

Taiwan’s Kaohsiung wants to upstage Hong Kong bigger duck for its harbor

Taiwan’s second largest city has announced plans to display a larger version of the giant inflatable yellow duck that captivated Hong Kong — upstaging similar plans by another city on the island. In a surprise announcement, the southern city of Kaohsiung said an 18-metre-tall (59-foot) version of the duck created…

Most Americans fear anti-aging technology is luxury for the rich: survey

Most Americans do not want to live beyond age 100, and a poll out Tuesday suggests many worry that anti-aging technologies may end up being a luxury for the rich. The survey of more than 2,000 people by the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project sought to probe…

Amazon launches online art gallery

NEW YORK — Amazon unveiled yet another business line Tuesday as it works to expand its appeal: Art. The 19-year online retail juggernaut, which began as a bookseller but now does everything from groceries to patio furniture, launched “Amazon Art” to market works from galleries in Miami, San Francisco, New…

Military judge cuts Bradley Manning’s potential sentence to 90 years

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge reduced potential prison time for Private First Class Bradley Manning to 90 years from 136 years on Tuesday by ruling that some sentences for leaking secret files to WikiLeaks should be merged. Court-martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind convicted…

How predatory payday lenders pop back up even after states crack down

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica A version of this story was co-published with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2008, payday lenders suffered a major defeat when the Ohio legislature banned high-cost loans. That same year, they lost again when they dumped more than $20 million into an effort to roll back…

Former NSA chief: Snowden defenders are ‘twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex’

Michael Hayden, who also headed the CIA, speculates on global hacker response if Edward Snowden brought back to US The former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA speculated on Tuesday that hackers and transparency groups were likely to respond with cyber-terror attacks if the United States government apprehends whistleblower Edward Snowden. “If…

French woman offers to breast feed gay couples’ babies for $130 a day

PARIS (Reuters) – A woman has posted an offer on a French website to breast-feed babies of homosexual male couples for 100 euros ($130) a day, stirring up media interest just weeks after a divisive same-sex marriage law was passed. The post, which the website said it verified as genuine…

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