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Man awarded $25 million for workplace racial harassment

NEW YORK — A US jury has awarded $25 million in damages to an employee of ArcelorMittal, a Luxembourg-based steel company, who for years endured racial harassment at his workplace, his lawyer said. Elijah Turley, an African-American, had testified in a three-week trial that racial slurs and other incidents from…

Twitter widens window to links in tweets

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter added Wednesday to the array of online content people could preview in messages without having to click on links included in tweets. People who access the one-to-many text messaging service online at twitter.com or mobile.twitter.com were provided more opportunities to “expand tweets” with looks at pictures,…

Australia to create world’s largest marine parks

SYDNEY — Australia has announced plans to create the world’s largest network of marine parks to protect ocean life, with limits placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration off the coast. The new reserves would cover 3.1 million square kilometres (1.9 million square miles), or more than one-third of…

U.S. boxer Mayweather to remain in jail

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Boxer Floyd Mayweather must serve the rest of his jail sentence, a judge ruled, denying an emergency motion seeking to put him under house arrest. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa disagreed with Mayweather’s complaints that he didn’t have enough to drink or eat and couldn’t…

U.S. drone ‘kills three militants’ in Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attack killed at least three militants early Thursday in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, known as a hotbed of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, security officials said. The drone fired two missiles on a building in the central market of Miranshah, the main town in North…

UN environment summit opens, but prospects grim

RIO DE JANEIRO — Twenty years after the first Earth Summit, a renewed bid to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint opened Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro against a backdrop of discord and economic gloom. Kicking off the so-called Rio+20 summit, Dilma Rousseff, president of host nation Brazil,…

HIV may have returned in ‘cured’ patient: scientists

WASHINGTON — An American man whose HIV seemed to disappear after a blood marrow transplant for leukemia may be showing new hints of the disease, sparking debate over whether a cure was really achieved. Scientists disagree over the latest findings on Timothy Brown, also known as the “Berlin patient,” presented…

Justice Dept. drops case against ex-politician John Edwards

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department Wednesday said it would drop remaining charges against former Democratic star and presidential hopeful John Edwards who was charged with misusing campaign funds. The lawyer turned politician saw his stellar career collapse after he fathered a child with videographer Rielle Hunter in 2007 and…

New Obama ad mocks ‘out of touch’ Romney

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign savagely mocked Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with ordinary Americans Wednesday with a web video featuring a highlight reel of the Republican’s gaffes. The move came as Romney, a multi-millionaire former venture capitalist, argues that it is Obama that has lost touch with…

Lance Armstrong attacks USADA over doping charge

WASHINGTON — Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong lashed out at the US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, saying they want to brand him a drugs cheat based on “discredited” allegations. “I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules,…

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