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Attempt to cross U.S. border with car ramp fails

Hapless immigrants who tried a novel way of entering the United States — by driving a car over the US-Mexico border fence on makeshift ramps — failed when the vehicle got stuck on top. Two people fled back into Mexico after US border guards spotted the bold attempt to scale…

Yemen’s ‘swap marriages’ can end in disaster, murder

The deal is simple: I marry your sister and you marry mine. No dowry necessary. But if one marriage fails, the other must end as well. Such is Sheghar, or swap marriage, a widely practised tradition in impoverished Yemen. Beyond tying the knot between two people, it links the future…

Silicon Valley split on Obama and Romney

Silicon Valley is of two minds regarding who should be the next president of the United States. Politically, liberal hipsters at hot Internet firms are inclined to tune into issues such as the environment and equality that put them in the camp of incumbent Barack Obama. But executives responsible for…

India’s first Playboy club adapts to modest norms

Playboy’s iconic “bunnies” will make a demure Indian debut next month serving drinks at the brand’s first club in the country, which will open despite a nationwide ban on the adult magazine. PB Lifestyle, the Indian firm with rights to the Playboy brand, will launch the club in the holiday…

Errors in Texas database pose barriers to health care access

Texas health commissioner Kyle Janek said Wednesday that errors in a state-crafted database intended to help women find reproductive health care providers are “a real problem.” As the state attempts to implement a rule barring Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in the government-funded Women’s Health Program, the health commission has…

Valuable Winehouse dresses taken from home

Two dresses belonging to the late British soul singer Amy Winehouse, including the one she wore to her wedding, have been stolen from her home in London, a spokesman said Thursday. The dresses, which were due to be sold to raise money for charity, are thought to have been taken…

Disney blockbuster looks to arcade games for inspiration

Disney is known for traditional holiday-season movies about princesses and fairy tales — but this year it has turned to the world of video games for its latest animated blockbuster. As the lucrative Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas period looms, “Wreck-it Ralph” plays on nostalgia for 1980s-style arcade games with the hyper-realism familiar to…

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.…

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