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Nobel poet Neruda remains ordered exhumed to investigate possible murder

A Chilean judge has ordered the remains of famed poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda exhumed as part of an investigation into his death, the foundation that manages his literary legacy said Friday. The leftist poet, who died 12 days after the 1973 coup that ousted President Salvador Allende, was…

Moody’s says it knows of no ‘impending’ lawsuit after DOJ sued S&P over rating

Credit-ratings company Moody’s doesn’t believe it is the subject of any “impending” US lawsuit over its ratings of mortgage bonds ahead of the 2008 crisis, the company’s chief executive said Friday. Moody’s chief executive Ray McDaniel characterized recent interactions with regulators as routine, after repeated questions from analysts on an…

Hillary Clinton is the most popular political figure in America right now

She may be fresh out of a job, but Hillary Clinton is currently the most popular political figure in America, well ahead of President Barack Obama, who is slipping, a poll published Friday found. Clinton, who stepped down last month as Obama’s secretary of state, enjoys a 61 percent favorability…

DOJ settles with final publisher in Apple e-book price fixing case

US authorities said Friday they reached a settlement with Macmillan, the last of five publishing firms accused of colluding with Apple in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy. The Justice Department said in a statement that with the five publishers having settled, the case will proceed against Apple, and that a trial…

Russian court cancels two formal reprimands against jailed Pussy Riot member

A Russian court ordered the cancellation Friday of two formal reprimands against a jailed Pussy Riot member, in a move her supporters hailed as a rare victory for the embattled punk band. Maria Alyokhina, who is serving a two-year sentence in a prison camp over a protest against President Vladimir…

Criminal investigation launched into Bush email hacking

A criminal inquiry was launched Friday into how a hacker appeared to breach email accounts belonging to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as other members of their family. “There’s a criminal investigation under way,” Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the elder ex-president Bush, who…

AOL shows signs of revival with gains in advertising

AOL is showing signs of revival with gains in advertising, a key toward the reinvention of the former Internet star as a media firm. AOL said Friday profits in the fourth quarter jumped 57 percent from a year earlier to $35.7 million, led by a rise in ad revenues. Total…

Software problem disrupts ‘Facebook Connect’

A Facebook software problem on Thursday temporarily sidelined websites synched to a feature that lets people’s identities at the leading social network follow them around the Internet. A Facebook Connect software glitch caused social network members trying to visit any of a wide array of websites including NBC News, CNN…

Fertility doctor: Palestinian prisoners smuggle sperm out to impregnate wives

Fertility doctor claims wife of a prisoner serving 32 life sentences gave birth to a boy last August using smuggled sperm Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are smuggling out sperm in order to impregnate their wives, a fertility doctor has said, claiming that the wife of a prisoner serving 32…

Hong Kong customs discover 2,600 live snakes in boxes marked as fruit

Hong Kong customs authorities investigating a shipment from Thailand marked as fruit were shocked to discover the consignment instead contained 2,600 live snakes, officials said Friday. Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday, a government spokeswoman…

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