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Fed’s bond-buying plan sparks strong financial rally

WASHINGTON — US stocks soared Thursday after the Federal Reserve announced a new “QE3″ bond-buying program focused on boosting jobs and pulling the housing market back to life. After trading flat before the Fed’s announcement, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 206.51 points (1.55 percent) at 13,539.86. The S&P…

Romney: Middle East ‘needs’ U.S. leadership

FAIRFAX, Virginia — Republican nominee Mitt Romney paid tribute Thursday to four American diplomats killed in Libya, and while he steered clear of President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis he said US power was vital in the Middle East. Romney sparked a furor late Tuesday and Wednesday when he…

Beef producer sues ABC News over ‘pink slime’ label

WASHINGTON — A major US beef producer sued ABC News Thursday, claiming the network launched a “disinformation campaign” by calling its ground beef products “pink slime.” The company, Beef Products, Inc., filed suit for defamation against ABC and its team of journalists including Diane Sawyer, anchor for the flagship ABC…

Mexico captures suspected cartel kingpin

MEXICO CITY — Mexican marines hauled the captured boss of the Gulf cartel before television cameras on Thursday, in a new blow to a drug smuggling gang already weakened by a brutal war for the US market. The navy said one of the most wanted criminals, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez,…

French man fined for illegally downloading Rihanna songs

A French man Thursday became the first victim of a new law aimed at clamping down on film and music piracy when he was fined 150 euros ($193) for illegally downloading Rihanna songs. The Internet piracy enforcement agency Hadopi was mandated by the government in 2009 to send warning letters…

Nigerian students strive for Guinness record in toothbrushing

Striving for a Guinness World Record in oral hygiene, officials in Lagos have called on 300,000 students to take out their toothbrushes on December 5 and start scrubbing simultaneously at noon. The current record was set in India on October 9, 2007, when 177,003 people gathered at 380 locations and…

German court favors Apple in Motorola patent case

A German court found Google-owned IT company Motorola guilty of infringing Apple patents on the design of smartphones and tablets, a court spokesman said on Thursday. The court ordered Motorola to pay a yet-to-be-specified fine and pull the infringing devices, which run on Google’s Android operating system, from the market.…

Pussy Riot members announce new protest

Russia’s Pussy Riot punk group plans a new protest in Russia despite the jailing of three of its members for a performance against Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral, band members said Thursday. “We first of all want to do a new protest finally, so that we have something to…

All-time heat record taken from Libya and given to California

The world’s all-time heat record lowered a tad on Thursday, as the World Meteorological Organisation declared a phenomenal 58 degrees Celsius (136.4 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded in Libya 90 years ago was wrong. Instead, the title of the world’s hottest place should go to Death Valley, California, it said. “The all-time…

Curie museum in Paris shines spotlight on the ‘first family’ of physics

A museum scarcely bigger than a Paris flat sheds light on a momentous era for physics, a time of heroic individuals who made extraordinary discoveries but often at hideous risk. Within the walls of the former “Radium Institute” in the city’s Latin Quarter is the preserved laboratory of Marie Curie,…

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