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Canadian woman in largest U.S. eco-terrorism case surrenders

LOS ANGELES — A Canadian women wanted over the “largest eco-terrorism case” in US history surrendered Thursday, after a decade on the run for a series of arson attacks starting in the 1990s, investigators said. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, handed herself in to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation…

Man arrested after approaching Romney at White House

WASHINGTON — US Secret Service officers arrested a man who became “combative” Thursday after approaching a motorcade carrying defeated Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney to the White House. The incident happened as Romney arrived at a security checkpoint before entering the White House complex for his first meeting with…

Ecuadoran villagers drag Chevron to Canadian court

TORONTO — A 19-year court battle that resulted in a staggering US$18.3-billion judgment from an Ecuadoran court against Chevron last year moved to Canada on Thursday as the plaintiffs seek to collect. Ecuadoran villagers who brought the original lawsuit over decades of oil pollution in the Amazon are asking an…

Most Americans and Canadians favor marijuana legalization

OTTAWA — A majority of Americans and Canadians want marijuana legalized, saying cannabis should be readily available for those who want to use it, according to a survey released Thursday. The Angus Reid online survey of 2,007 people in the two countries found that 57 percent of Canadians and 54…

Fiscal cliff negotiations stall as Republicans refuse to budge on tax rates

WASHINGTON — US Democrats and Republicans bickered on Thursday over whether to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, as crunch negotiations on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff stalled. Republican speaker John Boehner met Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, after a Wednesday phone call with President Barack Obama, but warned there had…

UN elevates Palestine to a ‘nonmember observer state’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinians fired in the air, whistled and embraced each other in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday after the General Assembly voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member state. As the votes were cast, there was silence among the thousands gathered in the West Bank…

Living Social group deal company cuts 400 jobs

Online deals firm Living Social said Thursday it was cutting 400 jobs, or 10 percent of its staff, in a retrenchment which follows big losses for the company. Company spokesman Andrew Weinstein said in an email that most of the jobs were US-based by that “a couple dozen” positions were…

Definitive study links polar ice cap melting to climate change

The melting of polar ice caps raised sea levels by nearly half an inch (11 millimeters) over the last two decades, scientists said Thursday, calling it the most definitive measure yet of the impact of climate change. There have been more than 30 previous estimates of whether and how much…

Senate committee passes email privacy bill

A US Senate panel approved a bill to boost email privacy protections in a vote Thursday that followed widespread uproar over the FBI probe that toppled CIA director David Petraeus. The measure, which if enacted would require police to obtain a warrant in most cases to access email accounts, drew…

Oregon passed ballot measure to copy edit state constitution

Constitutional copy-editing (via The Christian Science Monitor) It was no great surprise that Oregon went blue last month. But something else on the ballot got even more votes than Obama-Biden. Measure 78, designed to copy-edit the state constitution, passed 1,129,688 votes to 441,581. What exactly did Oregonians vote to change?…

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