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Google Chromebooks steeply discounted for classrooms –with a catch

Google has partnered with the online charity platform DonorsChoose.org to offer a discounted line of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook computers for public school classrooms. In a post on the Google blog, product manager Rajen Sheth said that beginning this week, full-time public school teachers can request……

New UN plan to get girls in school boosted by Malala’s father

New UN plan to get girls in school boosted by Malala's father The Pakistani government and the United Nations’ education agency unveiled a plan today to motivate girls around the world to enroll in schools by the end of 2015.  Organizers dubbed it the “Malala Plan,” after Malala Yousufzai, the…

HSBC to pay $1.9 billion to settle money laundering claims: report

US authorities plan to announce a record $1.9 billion settlement with British bank HSBC to end allegations of money laundering, The Wall Street Journal reported on its website. The deal could be announced as early as Tuesday in New York, officials told the Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter,…

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish leader in N.Y. found guilty of sexually abusing girl

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish counselor in a New York Hasidic community was found guilty Monday of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl over three years while she was in his care. Nechemya Weberman faces up to 117 years in prison after being convicted on 59 counts. The most serious charge, “course of…

Michigan prepares for mass protests against right-to-work legislation

Union leaders in Michigan have been training members in “peaceful civil disobedience” methods in preparation for a protest on Tuesday against controversial right-to-work legislation. Supporters of the law, which among other measures would prohibit unions from collecting fees from non-union workers, are also expected to demonstrate at the state capitol…

Ecuador says asylum for Syria’s Assad not ruled out

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, in an interview published Monday, said his country would consider granting asylum to his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. “Any person that requests asylum in Ecuador, obviously we are going to consider as a human being whose basic rights we have to respect,” he told the…

Supreme Court to take up generic drug case

The US Supreme Court has decided to take up a case over whether pharmaceutical companies can pay makers of generic drugs to delay release of out of patent drugs. The case centers on the maker of a hormonal treatment called Androgel by Solvay, which is owned by US drug maker…

Obama ‘willing to compromise’ on ‘tough spending cuts’

US President Barack Obama said Monday he was ready to compromise “a little bit” to head off a tax and austerity crisis, but warned he would not budge on making the rich pay more. Obama took his campaign to hike rates on the wealthy to a factory floor in Michigan,…

Northern Ireland protesters hit police with petrol bombs

Rioters in Belfast pelted police with petrol bombs on Monday in the latest violence to flare up in Northern Ireland over a decision by the city’s council not to fly the British flag all year round. Officers were targeted on the Upper Newtownards Road near the offices of the east…

Zurich struggling to find more than 5,000 misplaced works of art

Switzerland’s largest city Zurich acknowledged Monday it had lost trace of 5,176 works of art, including an original painting by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier. The city had carried out its first full inventory of its vast collection of 35,000 pieces in nearly a century, only to discover that nearly 15…

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