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Pioneer TV anchor Barbara Walters to retire

Barbara Walters, who in 1976 became the first woman to anchor one of the daily network television news shows, announced late Sunday that she will retire next year. Walters, 83, began her career in TV journalism in 1961 at NBC’s morning news and entertainment program “The Today Show.” Fiteen years…

Hong Kong transsexual wins fight to marry boyfriend

A transsexual woman in Hong Kong won a groundbreaking court appeal Monday allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city’s marriage laws. The woman in her 30s, known in the Court of Final Appeal as “W” under anonymity rules, successfully overturned earlier verdicts that…

‘Carlos the Jackal’ goes back to court, could be freed

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the convicted killer known to the world as Carlos the Jackal, returns to court on Monday in a bid to overturn his conviction for masterminding a deadly series of bombings on French soil. Now 63, the Venezuelan was already serving a life sentence for murder when he…

McCain insists Benghazi attack was covered up by the White House

Senator John McCain accused the White House of a “coverup” over Benghazi on Sunday, ratcheting up Republican pressure over the administration’s handling of last September’s consulate attack. Speaking on ABC’s This Week, the GOP grandee alleged that there had been a “wilful removal of information” over the attack in Libya,…

Mysterious SARS-like virus kills 15 people in Saudi Arabia

Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have died from a SARS-like virus out of 24 people who contracted it since last August, Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia said on Sunday. “The number of people who contracted the virus in the kingdom since August/September is 24, of whom 15 have died,” Rabia told…

Brothers of Ariel Castro deny knowledge of Cleveland kidnappings

The brothers of the US man charged with kidnapping and raping three women, locking them in his home for a decade, said they had no idea what was happening, in an interview aired in part on Sunday. “If I knew that my brother was doing this, I would not be,…

Robert Gates: Military action in Syria would be a ‘mistake’

Former US defense secretary Robert Gates warned Sunday that deepening US military involvement in Syria’s civil war would be a “mistake,” warning the outcome would be unpredictable and messy. In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Gates also said he saw “no good outcomes” in dealing with Iran’s nuclear…

Dreams of your significant other can predict your relational behavior, study finds

If your partner has a dream of you cheating, expect to face repercussions for your scandalous dream-behavior later. According to new peer-reviewed research, dreams involving ones significant other can predict subsequent relational behavior. “This study is the first to systematically identify such patterns of behavior,” Dylan F. Selterman of the…

New Yorkers get pumped up for bike sharing

In a parking lot near the East River in Manhattan, Adriana Alltari gathers her courage, lifts her feet off the ground and wobbles away on New York’s latest mode of public transport: a bicycle. Alltari, a 32-year-old engineer, was taking part in free bike riding classes as the Big Apple…

Demand for electric cars remains low despite tech advances

The road has gotten bumpier for electric cars, with Coda Automotive, one of what had been a promising crop of electric car startups, filing for bankruptcy protection this month. High-end electric car maker Fisker Automotive, which has had financial woes for months, announced meanwhile it was laying off 75 percent…

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