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Police search ‘Russian Facebook’ founders house after police officer injured in traffic accident

Russian investigators said Wednesday they had searched the home of the young founder of the country’s most popular social networking site in a probe into a drive-by attack on a policeman. Pavel Durov, 28, founded the VKontakte (In Contact) social networking site in 2006 and is often compared to Facebook…

Inventors offer Kickstarter backers a first go at vibrating fork meant to combat overeating

An electronic fork that vibrates when you eat too fast went on sale Wednesday on Kickstarter, with its French inventors claiming it can help combat obesity and digestive issues. Those who contribute at least $89 on the crowd funding website will get a HAPIfork, which comes in blue, green and…

FoxConn will pay Microsoft royalties to produce Android, Chrome phones and televisions

Taiwan tech giant Hon Hai, parent company of FoxConn, will pay royalties to Microsoft to ward off a lawsuit over its production of devices using rival Google’s Android and Chrome platforms. A Microsoft statement late on Tuesday did not reveal the amounts the US company will be paid however. The…

Cancer patient takes ambulance wheel after driver’s heart attack

A late-stage cancer patient has saved the life of an ambulance driver who suffered a heart attack, by taking the wheel of his vehicle and driving him to hospital, French medical officials said. Christian Nayet, a 60-year-old cancer sufferer from the northern town of Berck-sur-mer, rescued the driver on April…

Letter sent by Alfred Dreyfus after false conviction for treason set for auction in Paris

A letter written in prison by Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish army captain whose dismissal more than a century ago on trumped-up charges of spying triggered a protracted national crisis in France, is to be sold at auction in Paris. Written to the interior ministry in 1895, a month after he…

Rand Paul confirms interest in White House run

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said at a breakfast meeting Wednesday morning that he’s considering a run for the White House in 2016. “We’re considering it and won’t make a decision before 2014,” he told an audience at The Christian Science Monitor‘s breakfast series, according to quotes published in The Hill.…

Letter to Obama with ‘suspicious substance’ being tested for ricin

A letter address to President Barack Obama was being tested for the poison ricin on Wednesday. A law enforcement source told CNN that the letter was “very similar” to a letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) that tested positive for ricin on Tuesday. The Associated Press was also told…

International Energy Agency warns: Lack of progress in clean energy could be catastrophic

Progress towards the use of cleaner fuel technology has stalled, with production of the world’s energy as “dirty” now as it was two decades ago, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. Two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy sector and the lack of change should “serve as a…

Republican support of expanded background checks collapses in Senate

The U.S. Senate will not include expanded background checks in its new gun safety bill Wednesday. According to NBC News, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned that the measure does not have enough votes in the Senate to pass. “We will not get the votes today,” he said, explaining that certain…

Margaret Thatcher polarizes opinion even in death

Thousands lined the route of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession on Wednesday to pay their respects to a prime minister who had a profound impact on Britain, but others turned their backs on her coffin in bitter protest. The woman who ruled Britain for 11 years has aroused strong passions even…

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