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Starbucks to post calorie counts on menus at all U.S. locations later this month

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp will display calorie counts for coffees and snacks at all its U.S. locations starting June 25, ahead of a federal requirement that large American food chains prominently disclose nutrition information. The company said on Tuesday the labels were meant to…

Gas explosion reported just north of New Orleans

(Reuters) – An explosion at a gas line or gas plant about 80 miles north of New Orleans knocked out power to about 10,000 customers on Tuesday, according to local reports. The explosion occurred in the town of Enon, according to the reports. The sheriff’s office in Washington Parish said…

Oklahoma set to execute man convicted of stabbing elderly couple to death over $73 for tacos

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma is set on Tuesday to execute by lethal injection a man convicted of stabbing an elderly couple to death during a robbery in 2000 that netted about $73, some of which he and convicted accomplices used to buy tacos. James Lewis DeRosa,…

Lawyers probe jurors for hidden agendas in Trayvon Martin murder case

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A white man with a chest-length gray beard wrote in a questionnaire for prospective jurors that he could keep an open mind about George Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence but he failed to mention the $20 donation he made to the murder defendant’s legal…

Man charged with murdering prostitutes tells jury: ‘I am not the monster’

By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – An elderly California photographer charged with the slayings of four prostitutes dating back to the 1970s opened his own defense at his serial-murder trial on Monday, declaring to jurors, “I’m not the monster that killed these women.” Joseph Naso, 79, who has…

Hungarian prosecutors charge 98-year old Nazi with war crimes

By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center’s wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War Two. Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in absentia in 1948 of whipping…

Ahmadinejad meets successor after election

Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met his successor Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday for the first time since the moderate conservative was elected, in talks centred on political and economic issues. Rowhani, a 64-year-old cleric who is scheduled to take office on August 3, won an outright victory in Friday’s presidential…

Turks invent new form of ‘standing’ protest to get around ban on gatherings

A man stood still in Istanbul’s Taksim Square: silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours. His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters on Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest. He arrived Monday evening as…

China launches national carbon trading program

China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, was set Tuesday to launch its first carbon trading scheme aimed at reducing emissions, state-media said. A platform allowing businesses in the southern city of Shenzhen to trade permits to emit carbon was established on Sunday, with trading due to start on Tuesday, China’s…

Australian researchers map 280 hidden craters on the Moon

Australian scientists Tuesday said they had identified a possible 280 additional craters on the Moon, a finding they said could shed light on the history of the Earth’s natural satellite. By combining gravity and topography data collected by satellites, the scientists from Curtin University in Western Australia were able to…

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