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Gun-selling website faces lawsuit over woman’s shooting death

The family of a woman who was murdered last year by a stalker wielding a .40-caliber handgun bought illegally on the internet is suing the gun website through which the firearm was procured for allegedly causing the shooting. The legal action against Armslist.com, a web listing site that specialises in…

Wikipedia sees future — and threat — in cell phones

Cell phones could be Wikipedia’s path to global domination, but may also pose a risk to the crowdsourcing culture the online encyclopedia relies on, chief executive Sue Gardner says. On one hand, says Gardner, who is also executive director of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, cell phones are by far the…

Clinton to testify to lawmakers on Benghazi probe

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify next week to Congress about the findings of an investigation into a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya, a senior US lawmaker said Wednesday. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Clinton would appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on December 20…

Bernanke speaks at last – but manages to confuse Wall Street analysts

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke just had one of the most surprising press conferences of recent years, in which he indicated, in specific terms, the long-awaited end of the central bank’s intervention in the markets. Bernanke told Fed watchers to look out for higher interest rates when unemployment, currently at…

John McAfee expelled to U.S. after three weeks on the run

US computer anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize on Wednesday as Guatemala expelled the colorful American back to the United States instead. Wearing a blue suit and white shirt, McAfee, who is wanted in next-door Belize for questioning over his neighbor’s murder, got out of a…

Sen. Lieberman urges compromise in farewell address

Retiring US Senator Joe Lieberman, who infuriated Democrats when he turned independent and backed Republican John McCain for president, urged colleagues Wednesday to overcome partisan gridlock and forge fiscal compromise. In his farewell address to the Senate after serving for 24 years, the enigmatic Lieberman, Al Gore’s vice presidential nominee…

Bradley Manning in court: Idealist or emotionally unstable?

Who is the real Bradley Manning: a fragile and unstable being, with suicidal tendencies, or a man of conscience, aware of his actions and determined to make his mark in the world? In 11 days of pre-trial hearings that ended Tuesday, defense attorneys and prosecutors drew competing portrayals of the…

Ravi Shankar to receive posthumous Grammy award

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar is to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award, organizers of the music industry’s top prize show said Wednesday. Three-time Grammy winner Shankar, who died Tuesday in California, is among seven artists including Carole King and the Temptations named as Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.…

U.S. diplomacy goes virtual with youth video game

The United States expanded its e-diplomacy efforts Wednesday with the launch of a video game aimed at helping young people get a better understanding of American language and culture. The game “Trace Effects,” allows players to follow a university student named Trace, from the year 2045, who has accidentally traveled…

Clinton: No plans to run for president in 2016

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said again Wednesday she has no plans to make a second bid to be America’s first woman president. “I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” she told Barbara Walters from ABC News. “I am so grateful I had…

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