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Russia blocks key panel to hold up UN climate talks

Procedural protests by Russia held up part of the UN climate talks on Friday for the fifth successive day, according to frustrated delegates at the labyrinthine negotiations in Bonn. Russia has been blocking a key technical panel whose work feeds into the 12-day negotiation round. The Russians, supported by Belarus…

Obama wants faster Internet in schools

Obama wants faster Internet in US schools. Would you pay $5 a year for it? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Eighth graders Sam Montgomery (l.) and Alexia Martin (r.) show President Obama their math projects as he hugs math teacher Felicia Dangerfield-Persky during a tour of…

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio promises to tackle real discrimination: Age discrimination

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who recently survived a recall effort over his much-maligned and recently declared unconstitutional racial profiling programs (he’s appealing), announced that he plans to become a poster boy against discrimination like he became the “poster boy for illegal immigration.” The discrimination Arpaio plans to publicize? Age…

Chilean farmers export pet tarantulas around the world

As pets go, they are low maintenance. No muss, no fuss, nice and quiet, and even a bit furry. So, how about snuggling up with a giant, non-biting tarantula? A farm in Chile exports the palm-sized critters to Asia, Europe and the United States for sale as exotic household companions.…

First woman in space ready for one-way trip to Mars

Russia’s Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go to space, said on Friday she was ready to score another coup and fly to Mars, even if it would be just a one-way trip. “Mars is my favourite planet,” the 76-year old told a news conference in Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City)…

Pennsylvania gynecologist, fishing guide save baby moose from drowning

When Pennsylvania gynecologist Dr. Karen Sciascia booked her fishing trip to Montana with Four Rivers Fishing Company, she probably hoped to land at least one big fish. Instead, she ended up hauling in a baby moose. Sciasia and guide Seth McLean were, according to The Missoulian, fishing on Big Hole…

French president mixes up Japan and China on overseas trip

French president blames jet lag on trip for gaffe sending France’s condolences to the wrong people Even if the jet-lag is horrendous and there are certain distractions such as economic crisis and street murder back home , the first rule of foreign state visits is generally to know what country you’re in.…

Washington could have known of IRS’ targeting of conservative groups in 2010, email reveals

By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010, a year earlier than previously acknowledged, according to interviews with…

U.S. adds 175,000 jobs in May

The US economy added a modest 175,000 jobs in May, the Labor Department announced Friday, dispelling some worries that job creation had slumped in the spring. The unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 7.6 percent.…

Pope Francis jokes: ‘Someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves’

Pope Francis joked about the difficulties of being head of the world’s Catholics, saying he never wanted the job, on Friday in unscripted comments in which he also said he had turned down luxury Vatican housing because it would be “boring”. “Someone who wants to be pope does not really…

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