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Self-styled ‘hillbilly’ is ‘pissed at Uncle Sam’ for taking 29% of his $225 million lottery jackpot

A US railroad engineer and self-described “hillbilly” is less than impressed that the tax man is getting a big chunk of the $337 million he won in the latest Powerball lottery. Donald Lawson, 44, of Lapeer, Michigan, who retains the accent of his native Arkansas, came forward on Friday as…

Princess Diana recalled fondly on 15th anniversal of her death

LONDON — Dozens of bouquets of flowers, posters and cards were left at the gates of Kensington Palace on Friday as Princess Diana was remembered on the 15th anniversary of her death. Tourists, well-wishers and passers-by took photos and read the tributes at the royal residence in the British capital,…

Stocks rise on Bernanke endorsement of renewed stimulus

NEW YORK — Ben Bernanke’s much-awaited endorsement of more Federal Reserve stimulus Friday gave stocks a solid boost, though tempered by his picture of an economy that remains weak and vulnerable. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 90.13 points (0.69 percent), closing at 13,090.84. The broad-based S&P 500 rose 7.10…

Two vans in Romney motorcade collide, leaving press stranded

NEW ORLEANS — Two vans in Mitt Romney’s motorcade were involved in a minor collision Friday after the Republican nominee reviewed storm damage near New Orleans, but his vehicle was not involved. A press van rear-ended a staff van in the area of Jean Lafitte, leaving the press pool which…

Judge bans West Virginia single sex classrooms

Judge stops W. Va. single-sex classes: Were they a success or psuedoscience? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Separate classes for girls and boys at Van Devender Middle School in Parkersburg, W. Va., have to be reorganized into coed classes by Monday, a federal judge ruled this week. The injunction comes…

Pentagon wants to ‘preserve our options’ on SEAL book legal action

The Pentagon has not decided whether a book by a former US Navy SEAL on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden exposes state secrets but it is keeping its legal options open, a spokesman said Friday. “I’m not going to characterize one way or the other whether we think there’s classified information in it,”…

Man dies after falling from escalator during NFL game

A 25-year-old man died after falling off a fifth-level escalator while attending a Houston Texans’ NFL pre-season home game, Houston police confirmed on Friday. “Witnesses are saying he fell from the fifth floor escalator down to the ground,” said Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon, who added authorities were still investigating the exact circumstances of what they believe to be an…

Amazon expected to unveil new Kindle Fire tablet in early September

Amazon is expected to launch a new version of its 7in Kindle Fire tablet on Thursday 6 September, after chief executive Jeff Bezos claimed that the product was “sold out” – though the latter claim has been challenged by Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg TV. Analysts estimate that from figures announced by Bezos,…

Girly Lego Friends lead to 35 percent profit spike

Lego’s controversial courting of the girls’ toy market has paid off for the Danish company after it announced a 35% increase in first-half profits. The world-famous plastic brick maker said net profit rose to 2bn kroner (£213m) in the first six months of 2012, from 1.48bn kroner for the same…

Obama and Romney square off over storm-ravaged New Orleans

White House challenger Mitt Romney rushed to storm-ravaged New Orleans on Friday in a bid to burnish his presidential credentials ahead of his November battle with Barack Obama. Coming off the back of a rousing Republican convention, Romneysought to build momentum by taking his new campaign plane to New Orleans, where rescue crews are clearing up after…

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