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Airports see flight delays as budget cuts hit

Some US airports were experiencing significant flight delays Monday, in the wake of mandatory federal budget cuts that have forced temporary staff cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration. Delays of more than an hour were reported by the FAA at major east coast airports because of the staffing shortages, as…

White House: Internet sales tax ‘will level the playing field’

The White House Monday backed a Senate bill to force online retailers like Amazon and eBay to collect state and local sales taxes, hoping to end a cost disadvantage hampering bricks and mortar businesses. The bill, which was being debated in the Senate on Monday, could lead to the recouping…

Fundraising campaign launched for owner of boat damaged in Boston bombing arrest

An online fundraising campaign has been launched for the “heartbroken” owner of a yacht damaged when police captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 19-year-old hid in a motor cruiser owned by Dave Henneberry, a resident of Watertown, where much of the manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother focused…

Dutch reality show seeks one-way astronauts for Mars

Are you crazy enough to sign up for a one-way trip to Mars? Applications are now being accepted by the makers of a Dutch reality show that says it will deliver the first humans to the Red Planet in 10 years. The main requirements are strong health, good people and…

White House: Immigration reform will enhance national security

The White House warned Monday that attacks on the Boston marathon should not derail momentum towards immigration reform, President Barack Obama’s best shot at a big second-term legacy achievement. The fact that the two suspected perpetrators of the bombings were of Chechen origin and were living legally in the United…

Majority of Americans and Canadians support Keystone XL pipeline construction

A majority of both Americans and Canadians support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to funnel oil from Alberta’s tar sands to Texas refineries, according to polls Monday. Seventy percent of Americans and 60 percent of Canadians surveyed by Nik Nanos had a “positive or somewhat positive view” of…

Authorities foil ‘terrorist plot’ in Canada

Canadian and US authorities have thwarted a terrorist plot and arrested several suspects, Canadian media said Monday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is scheduled to hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) to provide details, while Canada’s public broadcaster said federal police and intelligence agents, as well as…

Boston bombing suspects’ father to visit U.S. to ‘clear up many things’

Anzor Tsarnaev to fly to US in effort to ‘clear up many things’ as Boston investigators seek to question American wife of son Tamerlan The father of the two Boston bombing suspects has said he will fly from Russia to the US to seek “justice and the truth” this week,…

Roadside manicure services boom in Nigeria

A comfortable salon may be the ideal place to have a manicure-pedicure, but in Nigeria’s sprawling economic capital, the curb above a open sewer works just fine. The roadside ‘mani-pedi’ is something of a Lagos institution and one of many examples of how residents in the mega-city of 15 million…

Boston bombing suspects’ origins expose Russia’s historical mass expulsion of Chechens

Their grandparents were deported by Stalin’s police in the mass expulsion of Chechens in World War II. Their parents went to the United States from Dagestan in search of a better life. And they became adherents of radical Islam. The family history of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has shown…

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