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Bosnian scrap metal thief steals iron bridge

A Bosnian scrap metal dealer raised his sights from stealing and illegally selling metal drain covers and made off with an entire iron bridge, local police in the northeast of the country said Friday. “A few hours after we were informed about this most unusual crime we detained a suspect,…

Family sues Monster Energy makers over teen’s death

The family of a 14-year-old Maryland girl is suing the California makers of Monster Energy, alleging Friday that too much caffeine in the popular energy drink led to her death. Lawyers said the two 24-ounce (0.7 liter) cans of Monster Energy consumed by Anais Fournier in the 24 hours prior…

Brazil’s emerging middle class stars in hit soap opera

Loud, coarse, but hard-working and supportive, the fictional denizens of a Rio suburb hold a mirror up to Brazil’s emerging middle class in a wildly popular soap opera. Brazilian telenovelas have traditionally depicted the melodramas of the elite, but Globo TV’s “Avenida Brasil” breaks new ground by turning the spotlight…

Nissan to add 810 jobs at U.S. factory

Japanese automaker Nissan announced plans Friday to add 810 jobs to its Tennessee factory to support a third shift as it expands local production of its core models. Nissan said it aims to have 85 percent of all Nissan and Infiniti products that are sold in the United States produced…

Spanish unions call general strike November 14

Spain’s labour unions Friday called a general strike for November 14, the second such blanket action this year against the government’s biting austerity measures. The UGT and CCOO unions said they had approved the multi-sector strike as part of a broader day of action called by the European Trade Union…

Meningitis death toll up to 21 as U.S. outbreak widens

The death toll in the United States from an unprecedented outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a contaminated drug has climbed to 21 people, health officials said Friday. The number of infections tied to the tainted steroid rose to 271 in 16 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

French edition of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ flies of shelves

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon barrelled into France this week with sales of the bondage-fuelled erotic romance rivalling the Harry Potter franchise two days after its release. Some 40,000 copies of the “mommy porn” hit — which has sold some 40 million copies worldwide — flew off the shelves…

Amazon pulls Nazi jigsaw puzzle

Online retail giant Amazon has withdrawn from its website a controversial jigsaw puzzle that depicts ovens at the crematorium of the Nazi death camp of Dachau. Amazon’s German office said it could not immediately comment but the advert for the puzzle has disappeared and a German politician who had complained…

Facebook blocks Swiss newspaper for publishing nude photo

The Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve said Friday it had its Facebook account blocked by the social networking giant after publishing an explicit image of a woman’s genitals. In a bid to illustrate an article on cosmetic surgery, the newspaper ran an image taken from Gustave Courbet’s 1886 oil painting…

More regular season NHL games canceled as talks stall

With talks on a new contract with players still at an impasse, the NHL Friday announced the cancellation of more regular-season games. “The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 1,” the league said in a statement. The league had already cancelled the…

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