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Colorado vote on marijuana helps libertarian Johnson, threatens Obama

Libertarian maverick’s message of small government and social tolerance thrills young voters and threatens president’s hopes Barack Obama is due to campaign in Boulder, Colorado on Thursday night to fire up this liberal bastion and try to snuff out a libertarian challenge which threatens to siphon crucial votes. The president…

Boat sinking in Bangladesh kills Muslims seeking refuge

Bangladeshi fishermen in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday searched for about 130 people missing after a boat sank while carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia. The boat went down off the coast near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar and about 13 passengers were reported to have survived, according to police…

U.S. weekly unemployment claims decline

US weekly jobless claims continued to decline, falling a modest 9,000 to 363,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. New claims for unemployment insurance benefits in the week to October 27 — an indicator of the pace of layoffs — came in below the four-week moving trend of 367,250.…

Norwegian plane aborts landing to avoid paying workers overtime

OSLO — A Norwegian plane carrying 40 passengers turned around and returned to an airport hundreds of kilometres away — despite having already started its descent — just so the crew would not have to work overtime. The plane was about to land in the small northern town of Mosjoen…

Man to test bionic leg by climbing skyscraper

Man to Test Bionic Leg by Climbing Skyscraper (via NewsLook) Three years ago, doctors had to amputate Zac Vawters right leg from above the knee after a motorcycle accident.…

Britain’s PM David Cameron ‘humiliated’ by EU budget defeat

Prime Minister David Cameron was battling to reclaim authority on Thursday, after Conservative party rebels delivered his first major parliamentary defeat by defying him over the EU budget. MPs passed a motion late Wednesday urging Cameron to insist on a real-terms cut in the European Union’s trillion-euro 2014-2020 budget at…

Daylight Savings messes with sleep schedule, study finds

Daylight Savings Messes With Sleep Schedule, Study Finds (via NewsLook) A study conducted in England says that the extra hour of sleep that comes with setting the clocks back for Daylight Savings is the beginning of poor sleep through the winter. According to the study, we’re not able to rebound…

Japanese construction workers find skeleton in closet

Construction workers in Japan uncovered secrets hidden in an old apartment they were demolishing when they found a skeleton in the closet, reports said Thursday. The skeleton, with its head resting neatly on a pillow and covered with a blanket, was in a cupboard in a building in northeast Tokyo,…

Hobbits take to the air in Air New Zealand safety video

Air New Zealand has set out to take passengers on a flight of fantasy in its latest in-flight safety video, enlisting hobbits, orcs and elves to urge passengers to fasten their seatbelts. The video, a tie-in with Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, features special effects from…

Britons abandon thousands of pets amid economic pain

Nearly 16,000 more animals were abandoned last year than in 2007 as pet owners struggled with tough economic conditions, the RSPCA said Thursday. The charity reported that 40,595 animals were abandoned in 2011, a 65 percent increase on 2007 when the figure was 24,638. It also said convictions for animal…

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