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California Dems win big after manipulating districts

Last year we wrote about how Democrats used front groups, disingenuous testimony, and other aggressive tactics to manipulate California’s independent redistricting commission. The effort was meant to create safe seats for the Democratic Party and in particular for incumbents. “Every member of the Northern California Democratic Caucus has a ticket…

Obama: ‘Open to compromise’ but firm on tax increases for wealthiest

by Ewen MacAskill and Dominic Rushe President says he is not ‘wedded to every detail of my plan’ but insists he wants to raise taxes for wealthiest Americans Barack Obama used his first public appearance since his return to the White House to issue a challenge to Republicans in Congress…

Groupon shares hit lowest level since going public

Groupon shares plunged to their lowest level since the online deals giant went public a year ago, as analysts offered a harsh response to a disappointing earnings report. In morning trade, Groupon tumbled 28 percent to $2.81 — down some 85 percent from the public offering price in November 2011…

Russia’s Putin hires army chief in military shake-up

President Vladimir Putin on Friday replaced Russia’s army chief of staff with a veteran commander from a Chechnya war, in a military shake-up after the dramatic sacking of the defence minister. Putin announced that army chief Nikolai Makarov has been replaced by General Valery Gerasimov, a commander from the second…

Google’s China service disrupted without explanation

Google on Friday reported unexplained disruptions to its service in China. “We’ve checked and there is nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokeswoman told AFP. An online tool that tracks outages or disruptions to the California-based Internet giant’s services showed online traffic in China plummet mid-day. The disruption followed…

Norwegian mass killer complains about cushy prison life

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik’s complaints about prison life range from a lack of moisturiser in his cell to the temperature of his coffee, according to extracts from a 27-page letter published on Friday. “I highly doubt that there are worse detention facilities in Norway,” the right-wing extremist, who…

Look out, the pope is joining Twitter

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will have an official Twitter account and will send regular tweets for his followers around the world by the end of the year, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Friday. The Jesuit priest said the pope’s Twitter handle will be announced officially at a later…

Japan apologizes for wrongly imprisoning a Nepalese man for 15 years

TOKYO — Japan on Friday offered a public apology to a Nepalese man who spent 15 years in jail for a murder he did not commit. Justice Minister Makoto Taki told a press conference he was sorry that Govinda Prasad Mainali had spent so long in prison for the 1997…

Report: Chinese economy will overtake U.S. within four years

By Josephine Moulds China’s economy will be biggest in world by end of 2016, says leading international thinktank China will overtake the US in the next four years to become the largest economy in the world, says a leading international thinktank. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said China’s…

John Lennon’s private letters to be published as an app

Fans will be able to read former Beatle’s private correspondence as part of the John Lennon Letters app. Imagine … A selection of John Lennon’s private correspondence will be released as an app, Digital Music News reports. The content is taken from recent volume The John Lennon Letters. Hunter Davies, editor of the book, has…

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