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Cyber Monday shoppers spend record $1.4 billion

Online sales for “Cyber Monday,” the traditional debut for US holiday Web shopping, jumped to $1.465 billion this year, a research firm said Wednesday. The report from comScore said sales were up 17 percent from the same day in 2001 and was the biggest Internet shopping day ever. For the…

China’s richest man sues Obama administration to build wind farm in U.S.

Why one of China's richest men is squaring off against Obama in court (via The Christian Science Monitor) One of China’s richest men squares off against President Obama in a Washington federal court today, challenging the US leader’s refusal, on national security grounds, to let him build a wind farm…

French court rejects appeal of ruling that Parkinson’s drug turned man into ‘gay sex and gambling addict’

A French appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to a man who claimed that its drug to treat Parkinson’s turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict. The court in the northern city of Rennes said father-of-two Didier Jambart had suffered…

EU rejects study linking genetically modified corn to cancer

The EU’s food safety agency definitively rejected Wednesday a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it failed to meet “acceptable scientific standards.” “Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Seralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards,” the European…

British student avoids extradition for TV copyright infringement

A British student who created a website that let people watch films and television shows for free has struck a deal with the United States to avoid extradition, London’s High Court heard on Wednesday. Richard O’Dwyer, a 24-year-old student at Sheffield Hallam University, allegedly earned thousands of pounds through his…

Survey: French wine consumption down to a glass a day

French wine consumption has fallen to a new low with the average adult now consuming the equivalent of barely a glass a day, the latest edition of a major consumption survey has found. A study that will have viticulteurs weeping into their vats also revealed that fizzy drinks and fruit…

British government to implement minimum alcohol pricing to curb ‘drunken mayhem’

The British government is on Wednesday to announce minimum alcohol pricing in a bid to curb “drunken mayhem” on the streets of England and Wales. The coalition is set to unveil a consultation on setting a minimum price of 45 pence per unit of alcohol sold, 5 pence higher than…

Meteorologists: 2012 set to be ninth warmest year on record

World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early…

French court to rule on Strauss-Kahn sex party probe

A French court will Wednesday rule on whether to drop pimping charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the latest sex crime case against him in France. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have asked the appeals court in the northern town of Douai to stop a judicial inquiry into claims that he…

Myanmar author set to re-release racy acclaimed novel

As Myanmar’s censors loosen their grip, one of the country’s most acclaimed authors plans to republish her novel about two gay lovers, restoring sex-laced passages once deemed too risque for readers. Chunks of paragraphs from Nu Nu Yi’s 1994 novel “Smile as they bow” were purged by the all-powerful censorship…

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