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New York bomb plotter to be sentenced Friday

NEW YORK — A US man convicted of being part of a New York trio just “days” from launching suicide bombs to take revenge for the US war in Afghanistan will be sentenced Friday. Prosecutors describe Adis Medunjanin as a would-be terrorist and on Wednesday asked the sentencing judge to…

Brazil eyes cloning to bolster endangered species

BRASILIA — Scientists in Brazil will try cloning endangered animal species like the jaguar, a researcher said Wednesday. “The idea is to start with an animal that is endangered, or where species numbers have gone down sharply, such as the jaguar, the maned wolf or even the local deer,” said…

GM scraps Opel-Peugeot Citroen merger plans: report

PARIS — General Motors has scrapped plans to merge its troubled German unit Opel with PSA Peugeot Citroen because of the French carmaker’s financial woes, a news report said Wednesday. “GM gave up in early November on the merger plan between Opel and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s auto division,” French financial…

Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell loses security clearance

WASHINGTON — Paula Broadwell, the woman at the center of the scandal that felled former CIA director David Petraeus, has been stripped of her security clearance amid an FBI investigation, CNN said Wednesday. The military clearance allowed Broadwell, a major in the US army reserve and a graduate of the…

U.S. in tough debate on UN Internet rules

WASHINGTON — The US faces a tough debate with emerging nations such as India and Brazil at an upcoming UN conference discussing global rules for the Internet, the US delegation chief said Wednesday. Terry Kramer, who heads the US delegation for the December gathering of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union,…

Walmart to enter gourmet foodie market

Walmart Goodies: retail giant goes gourmet (via The Christian Science Monitor) “Gourmet” and “artisan” are probably not the first words that come to mind when you see a Walmart logo.  But Walmart is trying to change that. The world’s largest retailer is jumping into the gourmet game with “Goodies,” a…

NASA: Cut in Russia comm link to space station not serious

NASA minimized the impact of a cut in Russia’s communications link with the International Space Station on Wednesday and said the problem would likely be fixed within the hour. “It is a cut communications cable outside of the mission control center in Moscow. That happened before. It happens from time…

Petraeus case sparks new questions about online privacy

The investigation that toppled CIA chief David Petraeus has sparked fresh debate over online privacy and the government’s ability to snoop into private email accounts. “When the CIA director cannot hide his activities online, what hope is there for the rest of us?” said Chris Soghoian of the American Civil…

Channing Tatum named People’s sexiest man in 2012

People magazine on Wednesday declared Hollywood actor Channing Tatum the “sexiest man alive” in 2012. A muscular 32-year-old former model, Tatum has appeared in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Magic Mike,” among other films. Upon hearing he had been picked for the annual honor, Tatum…

U.S. retail sales dropped again in October

A drop in auto sales drove US retail sales lower in October after a strong gain in September, government data released Wednesday showed. Retail sales fell 0.3 percent, the Commerce Department reported, slightly more than analysts expected. The Commerce Department upwardly revised September’s reading from an initial estimate of 1.1…

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