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Australian winery sells rare vintage for $170,000

An Australian winery Friday unveiled 12 bottles of a rare vintage for sale at an eye-watering price of Aus$168,000 (US$170,350) each, which can only be opened by a specially-trained wine expert. The wine is held in a unique hand-blown glass “ampoule” designed to provide the ideal environment for the liquor,…

Tens of thousands protest Japanese nuclear reactor restart

Tens of thousands of people rallied outside the Japanese prime minister’s residence in Tokyo Friday in one of the largest demonstrations held against the restart of nuclear reactors. The protesters, carrying placards which read “Rise up against the restart” and “The nuclear era is over,” lined the streets aroundPrime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence…

DSK and wife sue French magazine for claiming they’ve separated

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair said Friday they would sue French celebrity magazine Closer for invading their privacy with a story claiming they had separated. “Having taken note of the cover and content of celebrity magazineCloser, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair have decided to sue this publication for invasion of…

Colorado family lost heirlooms in wildfire: ‘I just need to get out’

The full weight of Bill and Christine Poley’s loss in Colorado‘s wildfires – 5,000 sq ft house, hand-made quilts and family heirlooms, model train and stamp collections – bore down on them in stages. The first report came over a police scanner on the same night as their smoky chaotic flight. The next…

Romney rakes in $4.3 million after health care ruling

Mitt Romney‘s campaign has taken $4.3m in donations since the supreme court’s decision to uphold Barack Obama‘s healthcare reform. The Republican nominee’s team is citing the influx of cash as a sign that the party base has been energised by the decision and that the issue will play a central role…

Assange stays at embassy despite police order to turn himself in

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, remains at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after failing to present himself at a police station to begin the process of extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and indecency. Assange, who said he would remain at the embassy because he feared…

States already vowing to opt out of Medicaid expansion

By Charles Ornstein, Pro Publica This post has been updated. See our interactive map of how health reform could expand Medicaid in each state. For many people without insurance, a key question raised by the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is whether states will decline…

For African-Americans and Latinos, few California high schools offer path to college: report

For blacks and Latinos, few Calif. high schools offer path to college California high schools that serve largely Latino or African American students are failing them as pathways to college, according to a new report by a statewide education policy, research…   [A young man works on a chemistry problem,…

Olympics opening ceremony director reassures PETA over animal usage

12 horses, three cows, nine geese, two goats and 70 sheep among participants in Isles of Wonder-themed event The director of the London 2012 opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, has moved to assuage concerns about the welfare of animals who will feature in his £27m show by promising to remove them…

U.S. exempts China, Singapore from Iran sanctions

The United States exempted China and Singapore from sanctions over purchases of oil from Iran hours before a deadline, saying that major economies were united in pressuring Tehran. The United States, however, did not grant exemptions to smaller-scale importers such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, meaning that banks from those countries…

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