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Appeals court will consider blocked Bloomberg NYC soda ban on Tuesday

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration will try to convince an appeals court on Tuesday to reinstate a ban on large sugary drinks, three months after a judge struck it down at the 11th hour as an illegal overreach of executive…

Southwest flight diverted to Phoenix due to bomb threat

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Texas from Los Angeles with 143 passengers aboard was forced to land in Phoenix on Monday after a telephoned bomb threat and U.S. fighter jets were diverted to monitor the situation, authorities said. Southwest Airlines flight 2675 landed…

Iranian reformist Mohammad Reza Aref drops out of presidential race

DUBAI (Reuters) – Reformist former Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn from Iran’s June 14 presidential election, he said in a statement carried by the ISNA news agency on Tuesday. The sole reformist candidate still standing in the election, Aref said he had received a message from reformist former President…

Geraldo Rivera says he won’t run for open New Jersey Senate seat

TRENTON — As a string of candidates line up to run in New Jersey’s upcoming special U.S. Senate election, Geraldo Rivera announced that he won’t join the battle after all. In February, the longtime media personality said he was seriously considering running as a Republican when veteran Democrat Frank…  …

FAA to test lead-free aviation fuel at Atlantic City airport facility

The Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International Airport will be the testing ground for lead-free aviation fuel the agency hopes to approve by 2018. In this Star-Ledger file photo, an aircraft is suspended by a crane at the technical center before…  …

South Africa ‘ready to let go’ of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s lengthy absence from the spotlight has forced his adoring country to envisage what their hard-won and often fraught multi-racial democracy means without the man who forged it. The beloved and frail 94-year-old, who is back in hospital with a lung infection, still embodies for most South Africans the…

Tired German bank employee naps on keyboard, transfers $293 million

An obviously tired German bank employee fell asleep on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into a 222 million euro ($293 million) order, a court heard. The Hessen labour court heard that the man was supposed to transfer just 62.40 euros from a bank account belonging to a…

Australia defends decision to leave bodies of dead asylum-seekers in ocean

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended her government’s decision to leave the bodies of drowned asylum-seekers in the ocean following criticism more would have been done had they been Australians. An extensive three-day air-and-sea search for an asylum-seeker boat, which is presumed to have capsized near Christmas Island with at…

Philippines to destroy 5 tonnes of confiscated ivory tusks

The Philippines said Tuesday it would destroy five tonnes of confiscated elephant tusks as part of a global campaign to raise awareness against the illegal trade of so-called “blood ivories”. The seized tusks represent a portion of the 13.1 tonnes of Tanzanian elephant tusks seized in 2005 and 2009 that…

Sony wins opening skirmish in new generation video game console war

Sony’s new-generation PlayStation 4 console scored an opening skirmish triumph over Microsoft’s Xbox One on the eve of the Tuesday start of premier E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles. Sony and Microsoft each hosted distinctly different private events on Monday to spotlight their new champions in long-running console wars. Both…

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