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Michigan Gov. Snyder declares Detroit in state of ‘financial emergency’

Emergency state ‘not hard to justify’ says Snyder when faced with recent damning report claiming Detroit close to collapse The governor of Michigan declared the city of Detroit to be in a state of “financial emergency” Friday and said he would appoint an independent overseer in an attempt to save it from financial ruin.…

Obama blames Republicans for ‘dumb’ and ‘arbitrary’ spending cuts

President warns US to prepare for drawn-out standoff after futile meeting with congressional leaders over scheduled cuts Barack Obama is due to sign an order before midnight on Friday to implement $85bn in spending cuts, a move he described as “dumb” and “arbitrary” and that he blamed on the intransigence of Republicans in…

Connecticut lawmaker sorry for telling teen girl he had a ‘live snake’ under his desk

A Connecticut lawmaker apologized on Thursday for telling a 17-year-old girl that he had “a snake sitting under my desk” during her testimony at a committee hearing. “I want to personally apologize to the young lady for the comments that I made,” State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) told The New…

Nerds erupt: Obama mixes ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ in ‘Jedi mind meld’ metaphor

President Barack Obama may have earned himself the enmity of science fiction fans everywhere on Friday when he conflated “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” while discussing the government’s failure to avert the sequester. According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Market Watch blog, the president was answering a question about why…

Swiss nurse under fire for posting Facebook photo of corpse

A nurse in Switzerland who posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman came under fire Friday from her profession, as prosecutors said they had launched an investigation. The Swiss national nurses’ federation said in a statement it was “shocked and saddened” by…

SpaceX launches second rocket for cargo mission

Private space firm SpaceX launched its Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, carrying a resupply capsule to the International Space Station, NASA television showed. The rocket rapidly reached orbital altitude where it deployed the Dragon vehicle, carrying 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of supplies, on what was the…

iTunes U tops 1 billion downloads

iTunes U passed the one billion mark for downloads, according to Apple. More than 60 percent of the downloads went to people from outside of the United States. “It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president…

Egypt’s opposition leaders turn down invitation to meet with John Kerry

An Egyptian opposition head said he and colleague Mohamed ElBaradei have turned down invitations to meet Secretary of State John Kerry when he visits Cairo because of US pressure. Hamdeen Sabahi, a leader of the National Salvation Front (NSF), said late Thursday that he and ElBaradei objected to Washington’s call…

U.S. film and music industries roll out new anti-piracy program

A new “copyright alert” system has begun rolling out this week in the United States in an effort to curb online piracy. The system, informally known as “six strikes,” is a voluntary effort of the music and film industries, with the largest Internet service providers participating. The program will use…

Impending European ban forces cosmetics giant Shiseido to ditch animal testing

Japan’s Shiseido on Friday said it was mostly dropping animal-tested cosmetics, as the European Union gets set to finalise a sweeping ban on the sale of such products later this month. But the company said exceptions to the policy meant it would still allow animal testing when that was the…

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