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Biden spoke to Ecuador’s Correa about Snowden: White House

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Saturday said the United States asked him not to grant asylum for former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden in a “cordial” telephone conversation he held with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Correa said he vowed to respect Washington’s opinion in evaluating…

AIDS scientists in Malaysia hoping for cure

AIDS scientists expressed optimism over their search for a cure for the disease Saturday ahead of a major conference in Kuala Lumpur, with more funding and research breakthroughs boosting their hopes. Thousands of delegates will attend the four-day International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference which starts on Sunday in the Malaysian…

Obama urges Egyptians to talk instead of fighting

By Maggie Fick and Alexander Dziadosz CAIRO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Egypt’s government and opposition on Saturday to engage each other in constructive dialogue and prevent violence spilling out across the region. Political violence on Friday killed three people, including an American student, and mass rallies are…

American citizen dies amid anti-government protests in Egypt

By Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian US citizen dies in Alexandria as tensions rise between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi Egypt suffered renewed outbreaks of violence on Friday as Muslim Brotherhood offices were attacked in at least four provinces, two days before the scheduled start of mass protests against…

Republicans enlisting sports world’s help against Obamacare

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is urging the National Football League and other professional sports leagues not to support President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, calling Obamacare divisive and unpopular. In a June 27 letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, McConnell and fellow Republican…

Sequester forces Justice Department to offer unpaid positions

The Department of Justice has an opening for what could be a dream job for many newly minted lawyers: serving as a special attorney in the Office of Enforcement Operations. Among other responsibilities, the new hire could be helping the Electronic Surveillance Unit review applications for wiretaps in major federal…

Court order clears the way for marriage equality in California

Same sex couples in California can marry again as of Friday afternoon, after a federal appeals court lifted the stay on an injunction declaring the state law banning them unconstitutional. The Los Angeles Times reported that the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco cleared the…

NASA picks Florida agency to take over shuttle landing strip

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA has selected Space Florida, a state-backed economic development agency, to take over operations, maintenance and development of the space shuttle’s idled landing site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials said on Friday. Terms of the agreement, which have not…

Protester vandalizes masterpiece by artist John Constable

John Constable’s masterpiece “The Hay Wain” was attacked in Britain’s National Gallery on Friday by a protester believed to be linked to the campaign group Fathers4Justice. A man was arrested at the prestigious gallery after gluing a 10-centimetre (four-inch) photograph of a young boy to the 1821 landscape. The National…

Judge blocks Michigan benefits ban for same-sex workers

(Reuters) – In a victory for supporters of gay rights, public employers in Michigan can offer benefits such as health coverage to same-sex domestic partners after a federal judge ruled Friday that a state law banning the practice is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson found that a Michigan…

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