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Google Maps adds panoramic images of the Grand Canyon

Google Maps opened a virtual path to the wonders of the Grand Canyon on Thursday by adding panoramic images gathered by hikers with Android-powered camera systems strapped to their backs. “These beautiful, interactive images cover more than 75 miles (120 kilometers) of trails and surrounding roads,” Google Maps product manager…

San Francisco 49ers player Culliver apologizes for his ‘ugly’ anti-LGBT comments

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized Thursday for his anti-gay slur saying his comments were “ugly” and “he is not that kind of guy.” “I am sorry I offended anyone. It was ugly comments. It is nothing I feel in my heart. I hope I can learn and grow…

DOJ files anti-trust suit to block Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of Mexican Modelo

US antitrust authorities sued Thursday to block the $20.1 billion takeover of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo by Belgian-US giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, saying the combined firm would have too much power over the US beer market. The move put on hold the takeover announced last June that would give the combined…

North Dakota debates slew of ‘draconian’ anti-abortion bills

The state rated one of the worst for access to women’s reproductive services, is debating introducing ‘draconian’ bills A new front in the battle over abortion and reproductive rights has opened in North Dakota, where state lawmakers are holding hearings into a series of draconian anti-abortion bills. The state, one…

Human Rights Watch: Arab Spring must respect basic rights

The Arab Spring has given way to new governments that are failing to respect basic rights such as freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch warned as it published its annual report Thursday. The US-based group urged the young Islamist regimes of countries such as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia to build…

Schwarzenegger calls for ‘sexy’ and ‘hip’ environmentalism

Arnold Schwarzenegger called Thursday for an end to “doom and gloom” environmentalism as he hosted the first conference of his new green movement fostering action by local governments and individuals. “If we want to inspire the world, it is time for us to forget about the old way of talking…

HIV-positive teacher wins landmark discrimination case in China

HIV-positive teaching applicant received damages from Jinxian county educational bureau for being refused post over condition An aspiring teacher in south-east China has become the country’s first person to win compensation for an HIV-related employment discrimination, according to state media reports. The ruling presents a milestone in the country’s long-running effort to…

Israel silent over Syria strike claims

Israel was on Thursday tightlipped over Syrian claims it had bombed a military site near Damascus, while stressing that any transfer of advanced weaponry to Lebanon’s Hezbollah would cross a red line. Israeli officials and the military refused to confirm or deny any involvement in the alleged attack and had…

Briton finds ‘rare whale vomit’ worth $70,000

A British man has been offered 50,000 euros for a strange-smelling rock his dog found on a beach, which is likely a rare form of whale vomit used in perfumes, the BBC reported Thursday. Ken Wilman was walking his dog Madge in the coastal town of Morecambe in northwest England…

Iran to install new nuclear equipment at Natanz site

Iran intends to install more modern equipment at Natanz, one of its main nuclear sites, according to a document seen by AFP on Thursday. The UN atomic agency document said that Iran informed it in a letter dated January 23 that “centrifuge machines type IR2m will be used in Unit…

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