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Original 1976 Apple computer expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction

Want an original 1976 Apple-1 computer? It'll cost you, a lot. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Beginning next Wednesday, June 24 – and ending on July 9 – Christies will hold an online auction titled ”First Bytes: Iconic Technology from the Twentieth Century.” According to Christies, among the Apple products up…

CIA agents training Syrian rebels since late 2012: reports

The CIA and US special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels for months, since long before President Barack Obama announced plans to arm the opposition, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Training for rebel forces covers the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and has been carried out at…

Judge allows prosecutors to call George Zimmerman a ‘wanna-be cop’ during trial

Zimmerman trial: Prosecutors can call him a 'vigilante,' judge says (via The Christian Science Monitor) A Florida judge on Friday rejected a motion from George Zimmerman’s lawyers to censor prosecutors, ruling that the state is perfectly free to use charged references like “wanna-be cop” and “vigilante” to describe Trayvon Martin’s…

Brazilian mass protests change country’s happy-go-lucky image

In a matter of days, Brazil’s image as the emerging economic power to watch, and a fun-loving one to boot, has given way to that of an angry, noisy giant as seas of protesters fill the streets. After the intoxicating giddiness and visions of a limitless future that came with…

Candy maker Hershey pays $4 million for price-fixing

US candy maker Hershey on Friday pleaded guilty to participating in a chocolate price-fixing scheme and paid a CAN$4 million (US$4.2 million) fine. The company entered the plea at the Ontario Superior Court and, according to the Competition Bureau of Canada, received lenient treatment in exchange for its cooperation in…

Four feared dead in Canada as floods paralyze Calgary

By Nia Williams and Scott Haggett CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The heaviest floods in decades shut down the Canadian oil capital of Calgary on Friday, with an evacuation of the downtown core and tens of thousands of residents forced to leave their homes. Police said four people may have died…

Putin supports bill granting amnesty to white-collar criminals

President Vladimir Putin urged lawmakers Friday to pass a newly-drafted bill that would grant an amnesty to white-collar criminals in a bid to improve Russia’s frigid business climate at a time of slowing growth. In a keynote address to the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin also unveiled a $13.7-billion…

Lesbian couple attacked after having sex in McDonald’s bathroom

Two women were allegedly attacked and beaten by a group of people outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Pennsylvania after being kicked out for allegedly having sex inside the women’s bathroom. The Daily Mail reported that the confrontation began Thursday afternoon, after customers at the Upper Darby restaurant complained to management…

Coroner says Canadian tourist found in hotel water tank died of natural causes

Coroner’s officials say that a Canadian tourist whose body was found in a Los Angeles hotel’s water tank died from an accidental drowning. According to the Los Angeles Times, medical examiners found no signs of trauma on the body of Elisa Lam, and toxicology reports returned clean. Lam’s body was…

European Union ministers back ban on menthol cigarettes

European Union health ministers on Friday approved plans to ban menthol and other flavoured cigarettes as part of a crackdown on youth smoking. But the ministers reduced the size of mandatory health warnings on packages, including pictures of diseased organs, and they stopped short of banning “slim” cigarettes. The proposed…

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