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Obama: I like a good party

President Barack Obama on Monday dismissed the perception that he is aloof and disdains the backslapping bonhomie a US leader sometimes requires to drive his priorities through Congress. Obama put his often polarizing differences with Republicans down to politics rather than personal antipathy, arguing that though he had enjoyed a…

Bentley launches 202 mph convertible

Luxury carmaker Bentley wants you comfortable in a Force 5 hurricane — the four-seat convertible that it launched Monday can hit 202 miles per hour (325 kph) with the top down. The Continental GT Speed Convertible’s 12-cylinder engine throws out a huge amount of power — 616 horsepower that rockets…

Bernanke urges Congress to lift debt ceiling

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday urged Congress to raise the nation’s borrowing limit as Democrats and Republicans battle over the federal budget. “It’s very, very important that Congress take the necessary action to raise the debt ceiling to avoid the situation where the government doesn’t pay its…

Moulin Rouge president Jacki Clerico dies at age 83

Jacki Clerico, who headed the Paris cabaret Moulin Rouge for 50 years and revived its famed revues featuring plumed can-can dancers, has died at 83, the establishment said on Monday. The Moulin Rouge in Paris’s vibrant Pigalle district has become synonymous with the can-can and was immortalised in the Oscar-nominated…

Scientists calculate ‘Star Wars’ hyperspace jump is impossible

Remember that dazzling moment in the “Star Wars” movies when the Millennium Falcon goes into hyperspace and a kaleidoscope of stars streaks past the ship? Sadly — like a lot of things in sci-fi movies — that really wouldn’t happen, a team of British science students have calculated. Han Solo,…

George H.W. Bush leaves hospital

Former US president George H.W. Bush was released from hospital on Monday following more than two months of treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough. “Mr. Bush has improved to the point that he will not need any special medication when he goes home, but he will…

Cuba scraps ‘exit visas,’ allowing Cubans to travel freely with just a passport

Havana scraps exit visas, but most Cubans won't be going abroad (via The Christian Science Monitor) Havana’s old town is a colorful though faded grid of dilapidated houses punctuated by chess games and 1950s-era American cars. Neighbors chat from their doorways, like Estrella, who sits on a knee-high box in front of her…

Trial: Brother dismembered British actress after arguing about overflowing sink

A former star of the British soap “EastEnders” was beaten to death and dismembered by her brother after they argued over an overflowing sink, a court heard on Monday as the murder trial opened. Tony McCluskie, 35, denies murder but has admitted the manslaughter of his sister Gemma, whose headless…

Regulations force Coca-Cola ads to address obesity

Facing new regulations that target high-calorie soda drinks, US soft-drink giant Coca-Cola will unveil a pair of television ads this week that acknowledge the calories in its products and encourage consumers to burn them off. A two-minute video titled “Coming Together” will begin airing on national cable news networks late…

Obama says assault weapons ban makes sense

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday he thinks an assault weapons ban makes sense, after accepting what he said was a “sensible” list of plans to curb gun violence from Vice President Joe Biden. At a White House press conference a month after the Newtown massacre, Obama backed restricting…

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