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Penn State ex-president faces charges over sex scandal

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier faces charges in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child molesting scandal, Pennsylvania’s attorney general announced on Thursday. Linda Kelly said Spanier has been charged with perjury, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children and failing to report…

Canada police arrest more than 100 in drug ring bust

OTTAWA — Police arrested 103 people and seized stolen explosives, illicit narcotics, some 400 prohibited firearms and money in raids across Canada Thursday morning, dismantling a major drug ring. “We have succeeded in neutralizing this network,” a Quebec police spokesman said in a televised news conference. More than a thousand…

U.S. stocks in broad rally after upbeat data

NEW YORK — Some buoyant data on consumer confidence and the manufacturing sector gave Wall Street a solid bump higher Thursday after Wednesday’s flat reopening following the Hurricane Sandy shutdown. The data trumped another mixed bag of earnings and dull forecasts for the coming months from companies like ExxonMobil and…

Hurricane Sandy damage could hit $50 billion

WASHINGTON — Damage from the deadly superstorm that blasted the US East Coast and shut down New York City could hit $50 billion, economists said Thursday, but the impact on the broader economy will be minor. The lion’s share of the damage will be felt by New York, where physical…

Media outlets to follow for 2012 election coverage

A selection of websites, Twitter accounts, blogs and mobile apps to follow or use as the US presidential campaign enters its final stages ahead of the November 6 vote. - Media organizations and journalists: @POLITICO2012: Known for providing what is arguably the most comprehensive coverage of US politics, Politico tweets…

Debt-ridden Japanese city selling name to highest bidder

A debt-ridden Japanese city is offering to rename itself after the highest bidder, an official said Thursday. The city in the western prefecture of Osaka — currently called Izumisano — owes its creditors well over 100 billion yen ($1.25 billion), the official said, adding the presence of nearby Kansai International…

The Economist backs Obama, ‘the devil we know’

The Economist, the respected weekly current affairs magazine, on Thursday said it was backing US President Barack Obama for re-election, although with less enthusiasm than four years ago. The London-based publication said in its leader that while the United States faced a tougher decision and a more negative campaign than…

Amsterdam’s mayor: cannabis cafes will remain open for tourists

Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops will remain open for business with foreign thrill-seekers despite the new government’s plan to restrict sales to locals only, the mayor said Thursday. In an interview with the leftist Volkskrant, Eberhard van der Laan said the city’s 220 coffee shops will continue to sell pot to…

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…

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