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Crude bomb found near home of Delhi rape suspect

Indian police have arrested a man who was allegedly trying to plant a crude bomb near the home of one of the accused in the New Delhi gang-rape and murder case. The 37-year-old man was arrested in the narrow bylanes of Ravi Dass Camp, a slum in southwest Delhi where…

Oscars voting extended after online poll gripes

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it has extended voting for the 2013 Oscars, after reports of problems with a new online polling system. The elite movie industry body is giving its voting members an extra day — the deadline will be this Friday at 5:00 pm…

Language gurus add ‘fiscal cliff’ to annual ‘List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness’

Language gurus at a Michigan college doubled down on the fiscal cliff Monday in their year-end bucket list of trending words and phrases that ought to be kicked down the road in 2013. Lake Superior State University’s 38th annual “List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for…

Pentagon braces for sweeping budget cuts

The Pentagon is bracing for deep spending cuts that will affect every facet of the US military if lawmakers fail to agree to a deal to avert dramatic budget reductions, officials said Monday. The Defense Department will be forced to scale back training for troops, reduce spending for spy agencies,…

Why the price of Buffalo wings has spiked 52 percent in 2012

Feeding guests at your Super Bowl party could get a little expensive this year. Why? The price of Buffalo wings has spiked 52 percent in the past year, and analysts expect that to continue. “The wings are really causing some issues,” says Bruce Reinstein, vice president of strategic development…  …

India’s government to roll out its cash-to-poor program in new year

India’s government is to roll out Tuesday the first phase of its hugely ambitious plans to hand out cash to welfare claimants in what it considers a “game-changer” policy 18 months ahead of elections. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, speaking before the start of the direct cash transfers on January 1,…

Real life ‘Promised Land’: Fracking comes to suburban Texas

Residents of Gardendale, a suburb near the hub of the west Texas oil industry, face having up to 300 wells in their backyards The corner of Goldenrod and Western streets, with its grid of modest homes, could be almost any suburb that went up in a hurry – except of…

Ukraine accused of allowing foreign nations to kidnap asylum seekers

By Oksana Grytsenko, The Guardian In latest case, Russian says he was kidnapped on street, taken across border and tortured into making a false confession Ukraine has been accused of allowing other states to abduct and repatriate their own nationals who have sought refugee status in the former Soviet republic, in…

Poll: Secretary Clinton is America’s ‘most admired’ woman for 17th time

WASHINGTON — Ailing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had something to smile about from her hospital bed Monday when she was named the woman most admired by Americans, for the 17th time. Clinton topped the 2012 list compiled by Gallup, with 21 percent of those surveyed naming her as…

This year was ‘deadliest year’ for journalists

2012 was the “deadliest year for journalists”, said the International Press Institute on Monday, with the highest number of deaths recorded since the media watchdog began its annual tally. The year had “been marked by an appalling and disturbing truth: an unprecedented 132 journalists were killed in the line of…

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