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H7N9 bird flu spreads to central China’s Hunan province

China’s deadly outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has spread to the central province of Hunan, local health authorities said Saturday, the third announcement in three days of a case in a new location. A 64-year-old woman in Shaoyang City, who developed a fever four days after coming into contact with…

Judy Woodruff recounts day Ronald Reagan Was Shot

March 30, 1981 was a routine day for Judy Woodruff as she traveled with the press pool to cover a speech by President Ronald Reagan, two months into his presidency, at the Washington Hilton. But the events Woodruff witnessed as an NBC reporter that day more than 32 years ago…

Boston police chief ‘fine’ with calls for marathon bomb suspect’s execution

Edward Davis says he would have no sympathy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if, as expected, prosecutors push for death sentence The Boston police commissioner who led the hunt for the Boston marathon bombers has said that he is comfortable with the surviving suspect facing the death penalty. Edward Davis said he…

‘Systemic’ 34-year long sex abuse at New York’s elite Horace Mann prep school cannot be prosecuted

Students at one of America’s most prestigious schools were abused by pedophile teachers for more than three decades but prosecutors are unable to file charges because the crimes happened too long ago, officials in New York said Friday. The Bronx District Attorney’s Office said in a statement police had uncovered…

Ideomotor effect: The driving force behind Ouija boards and fake bomb detectors

The bomb detectors sold by James McCormick exploit a well known psychological phenomenon that can fool the unwary This week businessman James McCormick was convicted of fraud after making £50m selling fake bomb detectors to security forces in Iraq and many other countries around the world. The detectors were said…

Dutchman arrested for ‘biggest ever’ cyberattack that slowed down the Internet

A Dutchman has been arrested in Spain in connection with last month’s unprecedented cyberattack that reportedly slowed down the Internet, the Dutch prosecution service said. The 35 year old identified only as S.K. was arrested in Barcelona and the house where he was staying searched by Spanish police, said a…

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe escapes injury in five-car collision

A limousine carrying Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was involved in a five-car pile-up at a toll gate in Tokyo on Saturday but he escaped without any injuries, police said. Two guards in a police car accompanying Abe’s official vehicle suffered slight injuries to the face, a Metropolitan Police Department…

Obama urges Congress to end ‘dumb’ budget cuts

President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the US Congress to end the “reckless” and “dumb” budget cuts known as the sequester, and to adopt a plan of “smarter” cuts to fuel economic growth. Obama’s weekly address comes after Congress on Friday overwhelming approved a bill putting furloughed air traffic…

American tourist faces death penalty in North Korea

North Korea said Saturday that it would put a US citizen on trial for trying to overthrow the communist regime, in the face of soaring tensions between Pyongyang and the West. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Pae Jun-Ho had admitted to the charges and would soon…

Records show Facebook chief Zuckerberg earned $2 billion in 2012

Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg earned more than $2 billion worth of stock and $503,000 in base pay last year for running the world’s leading social network. Zuckerberg was also given bonuses that added up to slightly more than $266,000, according to a Facebook filing on Friday with the…

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