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Lawsuit claims Anheuser-Busch is watering down its beer

The makers of Budweiser faced accusations on Tuesday of watering down the popular American lager in search of higher profits, in a class action lawsuit flatly rejected by the brewery. The beer-drinking plaintiffs alleged that Anheuser-Busch is violating consumer protection laws in California and Missouri by “falsely representing the alcohol…

Two men shoot sheriff at Alberta courthouse

Two men shot their way out of a courthouse in a small town in Western Canada on Tuesday, injuring a sheriff and fleeing in his van before being recaptured, authorities said. A justice department spokeswoman said the sheriff was shot in the hand shortly before noon local time and was…

Body of chopped up woman discovered in New York

A man walking his dog discovered a woman’s body chopped up and placed in several bags near Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday, police said. They were walking in the Bronx neighborhood when they came across “several body parts — torso, head, legs, hands, feet,” a police spokesman told…

Lack of sleep leads to groggy genes: study

Lack of sleep has a potentially harmful effect on gene expression, according to a study out Tuesday that sheds light on the link between sleep deficits and a wide range of health conditions. A sleep deficit — even just a week’s worth — can have damaging effects on our genes,…

Liberal group attacks Mitch McConnell over Taiwan-born wife

Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage Tuesday after a left-leaning group suggested that he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former labor secretary Elaine Chao. She was born in Taiwan to parents who…

Obama tells Egypt’s president to ‘protect’ democracy

US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi has a “responsibility to protect” the democratic principles advanced by the 2011 uprising. Obama “welcomed President Morsi’s commitment to serving as a president for all Egyptians, including women and people of all faiths,” the White House said, in…

Sen. Rand Paul joins Democrats to confirm Chuck Hagel as next secretary of defense

The US Senate finally confirmed Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense Tuesday, ending an acrimonious nominations process and handing President Barack Obama a boost as he fills his second-term cabinet. After Hagel’s bruising confirmation hearing and a 10-day delay thrown up by Republicans, Senators voted 58-41 to confirm the…

Smartphone makers target grandparents

As smartphone giants Apple and Samsung battle for the wallets of tech-savvy youngsters, a growing number of manufacturers is trying to lure a fast-growing new market: their grandparents. Handset makers at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain, showed off a slew of new devices aimed at the hundreds…

Seth MacFarlane: ‘No way’ will I host the Oscars again

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane said Tuesday there is “no way” he will do the show again, after his performance was widely criticized as offensive and dull. The “Family Guy” creator insisted it was fun to have hosted the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, despite media and online critics panning the…

French female soccer team uses sex toy to promote ‘Women’s Day’ admission

Top-flight French football club Rennes risked drawing the wrath of the feminist movement by launching an advertising campaign based at female fans featuring a sex toy with the logo “Venez vibrer” (come to vibrate). The Britanny-based Ligue 1 outfit posted a photo of a vibrating sex toy, in the shape…

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