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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…

Police in Bangladesh arrest owners of collapsed garment factory

Bangladeshi police said Saturday they had arrested two owners of garment factories based at the eight-storey building that collapsed outside the capital as the death toll rose to at least 323. “We’ve arrested Bazlus Samad, the chairman of New Wave Buttons and New Wave Style factories, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash,…

U.S. denies Venezuela’s spying charges against filmmaker

The United States denied that a US filmmaker arrested in Venezuela was a spy tasked with sowing civil unrest throughout the country, as claimed by Caracas. The alleged agent, Timothy Tracy, was detained Wednesday at an airport near Caracas as he tried to leave the country, according to Venezuelan officials,…

White House considering ending protection of grey wolf population

US Fish and Wildlife Service says ruling under review, two years after end of wolf protection in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming The Obama administration was on Friday on the verge of lifting protection for grey wolves across most of the country, ending a 20-year effort to bring the animals back…

Google CEO Schmidt: Google Glass for consumers will ‘take a while’

Consumers can expect to wait a while before they’re able to lay their hands on Google’s much-hyped Internet-connected eyewear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Friday. Google recently began shipping Google Glass to software developers who signed on to experiment with the device — which integrates a tiny camera and…

Poaching blamed for 62 percent drop in Central Africa’s elephant population

Poaching on an “industrial” scale has slashed the elephant population in the countries of central Africa by nearly two-thirds, a group of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Friday. “A recent study shows that the population of forest elephants has dropped by almost two-thirds or 62 percent in the past…

Powerball officials still seeking missing $1 million prize winner

Organizers of the Powerball lottery on appealed Friday for the owner of a winning ticket to come forward and collect a $1 million prize that has been unclaimed for nearly a year. “Check your wallet, clean out the drawers and dig in your pants pockets because a New Jersey Lottery…

Justice Department sues drug maker for paying doctors kickbacks

The US Justice Department on Friday accused drug maker Novartis of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs over others. In the second US action against the Swiss firm this week, the Justice Department said Novartis had boosted sales of its expensive brand-name drugs with incentives for prescribing…

Congress proposes adding $4.5 billion to historic highs spent on border security

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica Federal spending on border security is at an all-time high2014and it would get even higher under the Gang of Eight’s new plan. The Senate immigration proposal, released last week, would allocate $4.5 billion in the next five years to tighten control of U.S. borders. The U.S.…

Country music legend George Jones dies at age 81

Country music legend George Jones, singer of such enduring hits as “She Thinks I Still Care” during a career that spanned more than half a century, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 81. He passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, eight days after he was…

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