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Nate Silver, Microsoft researcher analyze Oscar voting: ‘they provide for plenty of parallels to political campaigns’

Nate Silver, Microsoft Researcher Analyze the Oscars Nate Silver, famous for applying rigorous statistical methods to U.S. political elections, has focused his predictive powers on a somewhat more lighthearted topic: this weekend’s Academy Awards. “The Oscars, in which the voting franchise is limited to the 6,000 members of the Academy…

Vatican condemns reports of intrigue and corruption

The Vatican on Saturday condemned Italian media reports of intrigue, corruption and blackmail among senior prelates, saying these could be a form of pressure to sway voting in next month’s conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi dismissed as “gossip, disinformation and sometimes calumny” the reports,…

France says drug-tainted horsemeat ‘likely in food chain’

Phenylbutazone have probably ended up being eaten by consumers. Phenylbutazone is an anti-inflammatory treatment for horses which is potentially harmful to humans and by law is supposed to be kept off of plates. Britain alerted Paris that six tainted carcasses had been exported to France in January, but the meat…

‘No black nurses’ lawsuit: 2nd nurse says she was asked not to touch infant

'No black nurses' lawsuit: 2nd nurse says she was asked not to touch infant Where there is one, there is more.  Just days after news spread of a nurse at a Flint, Mich. hospital who had filed a lawsuit claiming her employer granted a patient’s request not to have African-American…

Wal-Mart worried payroll tax could cut consumer spending

Why is Wal-Mart worried? Payroll tax could cut consumer spending. Retailers are preparing for a triple whammy as the restoration of the payroll tax, surging gas prices, and stagnant employment and wages take a bite out of consumers’ disposable income, leaving them with less cash to spend on clothing, groceries,…

U.S. deploys Predator drones to Niger: official

The United States has deployed several Predator drones to Niger to fly surveillance missions in support of French forces in Mali, a US defense official said Friday. The unarmed robotic aircraft are flying out of Niamey at a base with a 100-strong contingent of Air Force personnel, the defense official…

Mexican Facebook page administrator threatened over drug violence posts

A Facebook wall post denouncing crime is apparently dangerous stuff in Mexico’s drug-infested north, where the administrator of a popular page on the social network has received threats. The page Valor por Tamaulipas has more than 164,000 “likes” as people follow its updates on gunfights, kidnappings, the presence of gunmen…

China reports year’s second fatal case of bird flu

A man in southwestern China has died of bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, becoming the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year. The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department said in a statement, adding that no other human…

Rio sex motels to house World Cup, Olympics fans

A shortage of hotel rooms has led Rio authorities to invest millions of dollars to convert raunchy motels to accommodate the legions of tourists expected for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics. Shalimar, located in the upscale beach district of Leblon, is one of 60 such “sex”…

Bees use the ‘force’ to choose the best flowers: study

Bees use the 'force' to choose the best flowers, study finds If you’re a bee having a hard time finding that flower trying to tell you it’s loaded with nectar and pollen, use the force, bee, use the force. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that the interaction of…

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