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Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms

Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms Walmart workers aren’t happy, and they’re letting their employer know it. In the midst of worker strikes in several cities and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout on Black Friday (one of the busiest shopping days of the year),…

Internet games pioneer Zynga sheds workers

SAN FRANCISCO — Struggling social games pioneer Zynga began trimming workers, shuttering studios and shelving older titles to get in financial shape to win in the long run. “Earlier today we initiated a number of changes to streamline our operations, focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities, and invest…

Teenage girls ‘send more than 220 texts a week’

Teenage girls are the UK’s texting champions, sending more than 220 a week – a third more than boys – according to new research. Telecoms and media regulator Ofcom’s annual Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report also found that on average 12- to 15-year-olds have never met 25%…

Romney: Obama campaign ‘taking on water’

HENDERSON, Nevada — Republican nominee Mitt Romney told a rally Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s campaign was “taking on water” with just two weeks remaining in the race to the November 6 election. Claiming he had the momentum after his third and final debate against Obama on Monday, Romney and…

Space daredevil Felix Baumgartner is ‘officially retired’

UNITED NATIONS — Felix Baumgartner, the first man to break the sound barrier in freefall, says he is giving up being a daredevil but now aims to help others in trouble. “I am officially retired from the daredevil business now,” the 43-year-old Austrian told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in…

Irish boy finds Canadian message-in-bottle

DUBLIN — A nine year-old boy in Ireland has discovered a message sent in a bottle from Canada eight years ago, and has even managed to track down the two senders. Charlene Dalpe and Claudia Garneau, from Montreal, were 12 years old when they placed a message in a bottle…

New fatal shark attack in California

LOS ANGELES — A shark killed a man near Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, officials said, nearly two years to the day after another rare but deadly attack off the same beach. The victim, reported as being between 25 and 33 years old, died after the incident at the Surf…

Women still face global gender gap in wages: report

GENEVA — Women are closing the gender gap with men in health and education but struggle to get top jobs and salaries, data from a study of 135 countries showed on Wednesday. “Gaps in senior positions, wages and leadership levels still persist,” even in countries that promote equality in education…

FBI: Louisiana woman staged racist attack

CHICAGO — A young black woman in the US state of Louisiana apparently staged a racist attack in which she told police that three men set her ablaze and scrawled KKK on her car, officials said Tuesday. “The wounds were self-inflicted,” Kyle Hanrahan, a spokesman for the FBI’s Louisiana bureau,…

Ex-CIA agent pleads guilty to identifying undercover agent to reporter

WASHINGTON — A former CIA agent has pleaded guilty to revealing the name of an undercover agent in the first such prosecution in 27 years, the US intelligence agency said Tuesday. Ex-agent John Kiriakou, 47, who worked for the CIA from 1990 to 2004, was sentenced to 30 months in…

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