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Citi fined $2 million after leaking confidential information on Facebook’s IPO

US banking giant Citigroup paid a $2 million fine to a state regulator and fired a junior analyst over a probe into leaks of confidential information on Facebook’s public offering, officials said Friday. A senior tech analyst also left Citi Friday, the banking group confirmed, after the Massachusetts investigation uncovered…

Forecasters warn that ‘Frankenstorm Sandy’ could prove more deady than 2011′s Irene

Forecasters warned Friday that the impact of a so-called “Frankenstorm” generated by Hurricane Sandy could exceed that of Irene, which killed 47 people on the US eastern seaboard in 2011. Sandy is moving northwards from the Bahamas parallel to the US coast, but weather models predict that on Tuesday it…

Gay Jamaican beaten by police sues home country

Gareth Henry hit the international headlines in his native Jamaica four years ago when he was beaten by policemen in front of a mob of 200 people who cornered him in a Kingston pharmacy. A year later, in 2008, the head of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and…

Study of charter schools supported by Romney, Obama shows mixed results

The teacher’s command of his class is total. “Which one is the whole number?” he asks crisply. “Is it seven over three, or is it four?” He zeroes in on a child who gives the right answer, then the next task: “Seven over three divided by four over one? Hands,…

Star butchers in France aim to sex-up image

They call themselves the best in the world. But France’s butchers are only now stepping out of the shadows, with stars of the trade showing off their skills on television shows, in books or at celebrity cook-outs. Suppliers to three-star restaurants, artists or the president’s table, a handful of butchers…

Rio’s iconic cable car extends service on 100th anniversary

Rio’s famed Sugarloaf cable car, one of the world’s most visited tourist landmarks, fetes its 100th birthday Saturday with plans to extend its service to other neighboring hilltops. Inaugurated on October 27, 1912, the cable car ferries visitors to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain, the 395 meters (1,250 feet)…

Microsoft kicks off sales of Windows 8 and Surface tablet

Microsoft kicked off sales of its revamped Windows 8 system and Surface tablet Friday amid mixed reviews as the tech giant ramped up efforts to compete in a market shifting rapidly from PCs to mobile devices. Analysts said Microsoft, which unveiled its new efforts Thursday, is trying to walk a…

French magazine appeals injunction over topless Princess Kate photos

French gossip magazine Closer’s appeal against a court injunction ordering it to hand over all forms of pictures of Prince William’s wife Catherine sunbathing topless will he heard next April, a source said Friday. The hearing will take place on April 24, 2013 at an appeals court in Versailles, west…

Facebook scam targeted Zuckerberg

A New York man with a shady past was arrested on Friday for using a forged contract with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to lay claim to half of the world’s leading online social network. Paul Ceglia, 39, faces a pair of fraud charges that each carries a maximum sentence of…

Brazilian maid makes leftovers into ‘natural viagra’

Brazilian maid Regina Tchelly is about to take the world’s biggest food fair by storm: the food waste champion will rustle up her trademark dish, risotto with watermelon rind — a natural viagra. “I’ll tell you a secret,” the 31-year-old said with a mischievous grin. “This dish is not only…

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