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Chuck Norris attacked over anti-gay Boy Scouts article

A lesbian mother who was ousted as a American boy scout leader because of her sexual orientation has slapped down 1980s action star Chuck Norris after he claimed gay people have no place in the scouting movement. Jennifer Tyrrell, the former leader of her son’s boy scouts troop in Bridgeport,…

Reporter: How Mitt Romney followed me around the Internet

Last month, I was searching for a peppy Glee song on the music site Grooveshark, and up popped two ads for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. One invited me to “Learn More.” The other suggested that I “Donate.” Had Romney’s campaign decided that swing voters might frequent an Internet music site…

Clinton hails Egypt vote but warns it’s ‘just the beginning’

HELSINKI — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday congratulated Egypt’s newly elected Islamist president, but cautioned that the election was just a first step towards true democracy. “We have congratulated President (Mohamed) Morsi and the Egyptian people for continuing on their path to democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters…

New York Times to launch Chinese news website

NEW YORK — The New York Times said Wednesday it was launching a Chinese-language news website to deliver “high-quality coverage of world affairs, business and culture” to readers in China. A statement from the prestigious US daily said it was “launching a beta version of a new online Chinese-language edition…

Airbus to build first U.S. aircraft plant: report

NEW YORK — European aircraft maker Airbus plans to build its first plant in the United States, moving into the world’s largest market for single-aisle planes, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Airbus plans to invest several hundred million dollars a plant in Mobile, Alabama, said the Times, citing people…

SEC sues hedge fund billionaire for diverting money

WASHINGTON — US regulators sued hedge fund billionaire Philip Falcone for fraud Wednesday, accusing him of taking $113 million from a fund to pay his taxes. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Falcone, who raked in billions betting against packaged mortgage securities ahead of the US real-estate crash, took…

U.S. beaches laden with sewage, bacteria: study

WASHINGTON — US beaches can be dirty places, making about 3.5 million people sick each year from sewage in the water, said an annual study Wednesday that rates American beaches by how dirty they are. The Natural Resources Defense Council report included 3,000 beaches nationwide and listed 15 “repeat offenders”…

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded: study

PARIS — Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded, scientists said Wednesday, in a finding that could debunk one of the most commonly-held images of the extinct giants. Researchers in Spain and Norway reported in the journal Nature they had found tree-like growth rings on the bones of mammals, a feature that…

U.S. approves first obesity drug in 13 years

WASHINGTON — US regulators on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. The drug works to control the appetite through receptors in the brain and was approved as additional therapy for certain overweight and…

Grandson of civil rights icon sues over racist workplace harassment

In November 2008, when Barack Obama made his famous election night victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, he invoked the story of a black woman who had lived through a century of struggle that had culminated with the first African American president. Ann Nixon Cooper was then 106. In all…

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