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Rescuers dig for life after tornado rips through Moore, Oklahoma

Families returned to a blasted moonscape that had been an American suburb Tuesday after a monstrous tornado tore through the outskirts of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. Passengers flying into Oklahoma City could see the track left by nature’s fury as it played out Monday: the spot where…

Harry Potter book fetches $227,000 at London auction

A 1997 first edition of “Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone” annotated by J.K. Rowling sold for £150,000 ($227,000, 176,000 euros) at a London auction Tuesday, a new record for a printed book by the writer. Two bidders battled it out for the work before the hammer finally came down,…

Bradley Manning trial to be closed for some testimony: judge

Some testimony in the espionage trial of a US soldier who passed secret files to WikiLeaks will be held behind closed doors to safeguard classified information, a US judge ruled Tuesday. Evidence from 24 witnesses, including some US ambassadors, will be given in closed session as requested by prosecutors in…

ACLU condemns prosecution of Florida teen over lesbian relationship

In a statement released Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida condemned the statutory rape prosecution of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt. “The facts as we understand them suggest that the state is prosecuting Kaitlyn for engaging in behavior that is both fairly innocuous and extremely common,” the organization said. Kaitlyn…

Miami face-eater’s victim ‘recovering well’ from wounds

66-year-old had four reconstructive surgeries since the attack which left him blind last year and ‘is very content’ right now A homeless man whose face was chewed off in a cannibal-style attack on a Miami causeway a year ago is recovering well from his life-changing wounds, but will never regain his eyesight,…

Bieber’s pet monkey becomes German property

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey, which was seized by German customs in March, officially became German property Tuesday after the Canadian pop sensation failed to claim the animal, officials said. Mally, a capuchin monkey, is temporarily in an animal refuge in the southern city of Munich where he was visited Tuesday…

Villagers find ancient sports statue in Mexico

Villagers installing a water pipe in southwestern Mexico stumbled onto an ancient granite statue depicting a player from a pre-Hispanic ball game, the national anthropology institute said Monday. The stone had been sliced at the neck, like a decapitation, and buried in a ritual that was common at the time,…

British marriage equality bill set to pass crucial hurdle

A bill to legalise gay marriage in Britain was set to pass a crucial hurdle in parliament on Tuesday, after Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to strike a last-minute deal with the opposition to stop members of his own party wrecking the plans. Lawmakers in the lower House of…

Russia says it killed top Islamist insurgent

Russia on Tuesday said that a top Islamist rebel, deputy to the country’s most wanted militant Doku Umarov, was killed in an operation in the North Caucasus region, where Moscow is fighting a bloody insurgency. Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev, who helped organise a 2010 suicide bombing attack in the city of Vladikavkaz,…

Federal judge rules Hollister entrances violate Americans with Disabilities Act

By Susan Greene This story was originally published by The Colorado Independent. A Denver-based federal judge has ruled that the entrances to hundreds of Hollister stores nationwide violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. Two months after U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel ordered Hollister parent company Abercrombie & Fitch to work with disability rights advocates…

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