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Families occupy unfinished homes in Spain

The washbasin in Juana Alonso’s bathroom is brand new, but no water comes out of the tap. No bulbs hang from the light fittings. The house is unfinished; no one was meant to be moving in — but Juana couldn’t wait. Along with dozens of neighbours, desperate victims of Spain’s…

Rep. Mike Rogers on Snowden: ‘Anything that he talks about is dangerous’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican head of a congressional panel on Tuesday said officials are concerned that former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden’s continued efforts to speak out and release intelligence information pose more risk for the United States. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, speaking ahead of a…

Judge considers giving alleged Ft. Hood shooter more time for self-defense

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – An Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 could learn on Tuesday whether a judge will grant him more time to prepare as he represents himself in the military trial. Major Nidal Hasan,…

Developed nations show high support for same sex marriage

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most adults in developed countries favor gay marriage or some type of legal recognition for same-sex couples and think they should be able to adopt children, according to an international poll released on Tuesday. With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on…

Starbucks to post calorie counts on menus at all U.S. locations later this month

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp will display calorie counts for coffees and snacks at all its U.S. locations starting June 25, ahead of a federal requirement that large American food chains prominently disclose nutrition information. The company said on Tuesday the labels were meant to…

Gas explosion reported just north of New Orleans

(Reuters) – An explosion at a gas line or gas plant about 80 miles north of New Orleans knocked out power to about 10,000 customers on Tuesday, according to local reports. The explosion occurred in the town of Enon, according to the reports. The sheriff’s office in Washington Parish said…

Oklahoma set to execute man convicted of stabbing elderly couple to death over $73 for tacos

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma is set on Tuesday to execute by lethal injection a man convicted of stabbing an elderly couple to death during a robbery in 2000 that netted about $73, some of which he and convicted accomplices used to buy tacos. James Lewis DeRosa,…

Lawyers probe jurors for hidden agendas in Trayvon Martin murder case

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A white man with a chest-length gray beard wrote in a questionnaire for prospective jurors that he could keep an open mind about George Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence but he failed to mention the $20 donation he made to the murder defendant’s legal…

Man charged with murdering prostitutes tells jury: ‘I am not the monster’

By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – An elderly California photographer charged with the slayings of four prostitutes dating back to the 1970s opened his own defense at his serial-murder trial on Monday, declaring to jurors, “I’m not the monster that killed these women.” Joseph Naso, 79, who has…

Hungarian prosecutors charge 98-year old Nazi with war crimes

By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center’s wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War Two. Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in absentia in 1948 of whipping…

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