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Mexico fireworks explosion kills 9, injures 70

A small truck loaded with fireworks for a religious event exploded in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens, with one witness saying he saw “bodies flying” as people ran for cover. The explosion took place when one firework apparently landed on the truck in…

Secretary Hagel announces U.S. will bolster defenses against North Korea

The United States is to bolster its defenses against a possible North Korean missile strike by siting 14 more interceptors in Alaska, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday. The new batteries will boost by almost half the 30 interceptors already deployed along the California and Alaska coastline and should be…

Dropbox buys startup designed to deal with email overloads

Online storage firm Dropbox on Friday announced that it has bought Mailbox, a hot startup devoted to making it simpler to deal with email overloads. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love — it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered,”…

Judge clears trial of Filipina nanny suing Sharon Stone for racist abuse

A US judge cleared the way Friday for a Filipina former nanny of Sharon Stone to go to trial against the US actress for wrongful dismissal and harassment, including racist abuse. Lawyers for Erlinda Elemen, who worked as a live-in nanny for the “Basic Instinct” star until she was sacked…

British doctors working on ‘warm’ liver transplants

British surgeons said Friday they have performed successful liver transplants on two patients using a revolutionary technique which keeps the organ warm and functioning while outside the body. The team, working at King’s College Hospital in London, say the procedure could significantly increase the number of organs available for transplant.…

Copenhagen city council looks to legalize marijuana sales

Copenhagen city officials said Friday they want to legalise the sale of cannabis for a trial period in order to better control the sale and consumption of the drug. “A controlled legalisation would open the door to new solutions that would limit the bad effects and reduce some of the…

Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin push for Soviet-era program to make Russians ‘fit for military service’

With Steven Seagal in tow, Putin pushes for Soviet-era phys-ed revival (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Russian President Vladimir Putin (l.) and US movie actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow, Wednesday. Mr. Putin has called for the revival of the Soviet-era physical…

Most of the money raised by super PACs in 2012 went to consultants

By Kim Barker, ProPublica In August 2008, as the right wing of the Republican Party grew increasingly disenchanted with the party’s direction, the men from Russo, Marsh and Associates sensed opportunity: They created a political action committee, Our Country Deserves Better, and in time launched the Tea Party Express. Russo,…

Video game industry sales dropped 25 percent in a year

US videogame sales extended their decline in February with a 25 percent monthly drop compared with a year ago, according to an industry tracker. NPD Group said Thursday that total sales of hardware, software and accessories were $810 million in February, down from $1.09 billion 12 months earlier. Videogame hardware…

China finds another 800 dead pigs in a river

Shanghai fished another 809 dead pigs out of its main waterway on Friday, bringing the total carcasses found this week to 8,300 in a scandal that has spotlighted China’s troubles with food safety. The swine effluent discovered flowing down the Huangpu river — which supplies a fifth of the commercial…

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