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Data brokers: The people who sell companies more than you know about yourself

By Lois Beckett, ProPublica Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you’re pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you have. Regulators and some in Congress have been…

Protesters arrested at Moscow Women’s Day Pussy Riot demonstration

Moscow police made several arrests on Friday as dozens of activists staged a picket outside the headquarters of the Russian prison service on women’s day to call for the release of punk rock group s Pussy Riot. Around 50 people braved freezing temperatures to demonstrate outside the building, holding placards…

Unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent

WASHINGTON, USA – The US jobs market brightened better than expected in February, with the unemployment rate falling and solid job growth, official data released on Friday, March 8, showed. The jobless rate fell to 7.7%, from 7.9% in January, and the US gained a net 236,000 jobs, the Labor…

Catholic support marriage equality by larger margin than the rest of America

US Catholics support gay marriage by a larger margin than ordinary Americans despite Church teachings that forbid it, a new poll out Friday has found. The Quinnipiac University poll found 54 percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage while just 38 percent are opposed, compared to a 47-43 percent margin among…

Poaching pushing South African rhino towards edge

South Africa’s white rhino population will begin to decline by 2016 if the current rate of poaching continues, authorities warned on Friday, following the killing of scores of the creatures this year. The stark warning was issued by the country’s Environment Minister Edna Molewa on the sidelines of the Convention…

Bali mulls ‘no sex’ signs after couple caught in temple

Officials on the Indonesian island of Bali are considering putting up “no sex” signs at Hindu temples after a lusty Estonian couple were caught in the act. Police took the pair in for questioning after they were found by youth leaders who had gone to check up on repairs at…

Indian starving children’s fund used to fix buses

A fund of millions of dollars raised to help malnourished children in western India has been diverted to maintain public buses, a report said on Friday. The “Child Nutrition Surcharge” was set up 16 years ago to collect a small percentage of each bus ticket fare in major cities in…

Cardinals eye Vatican reform in rare popeless interim

Catholic cardinals have seized the rare chance of being able to air their grievances against the Vatican at talks that continued Friday, with no new pope to defer to and no old pope to mourn. Benedict XVI suddenly announced his resignation last month saying he was too old to keep…

Japan mouse cloned 26 generations and still going

Japanese scientists have produced 26 generations of clones from a single mouse, the lead researcher said Friday, possibly paving the way for the mass replication of valuable livestock. The team have so far produced 598 mice that are genetic copies of one original creature in an experiment that has so…

Drastic cuts mean long lines for U.S. travelers

Travelers arriving in the United States are likely to face longer lines for a passport stamp as drastic spending cuts known as the sequester begin to bite, the union representing customs and border staff said Thursday. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some 24,000 US Customs and Border Protection…

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