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Indiana prosecutor accused of silencing Chinese woman on murder charge

Prosecutors in Indiana are being accused of trying to muzzle and intimidate a Chinese woman who has been charged with murder and attempted foeticide after she attempted to kill herself by eating rat poison while eight months pregnant. Bei Bei Shuai’s lawyer, Linda Pence, has filed papers with the Indiana…

Florida gets access to federal database for voter purge

The federal government will allow Florida elections officials to use a law enforcement database to purge non-citizens from the voting roster, according to CNN. An agreement with the Department of Homeland Security will give Florida access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE), which is typically used to gauge…

Joe Paterno loses his halo

A famous mural on the campus of Penn State University is making several alterations reflecting the results of the report detailing its’ leaders’ failure to prevent Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, NBC News reports. Among the university luminaries seen on the mural on the university bookstore are former university president Graham Spanier…

McCartney & Springsteen run afoul of London curfew

Aging rockers Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced on Saturday night after over-running at a gig in London’s Hyde Park. Ex-Beatle McCartney had joined Springsteen onstage at the end of the US star’s headline slot at Hard Rock Calling, but both found their microphones cut off before they could…

Scientology reels from Tom Cruise divorce PR blow

LOS ANGELES — The Church of Scientology has remained tight-lipped about Tom Cruise’s shock divorce, grappling with a PR blow which has revived questions about the controversial celebrity-friendly religion. The Church has made barely a single comment since Katie Holmes dropped her June 28 bombshell on the Hollywood A-lister, probably…

North Korea’s Kim again seen with mystery lady

SEOUL — A smartly dressed woman seen with Kim Jong-Un at recent public events was Sunday again shown on state television accompanying the North Korean leader, increasing speculation that she could be his wife. The short-haired brunette was first shown with Kim earlier this month, but official media has not…

Tough summer ahead for markets, analysts forecast

PARIS — Despite making progress, the eurozone debt crisis remains unsolved and, in a repeat of last summer, could still bring nasty surprises to global stock markets in July and August, analysts said. In measuring up the coming summer weeks, “market sentiment is extremely negative,” said Alexandre Hezez, a trader…

Syria denies Treimsa village ‘massacre’

DAMASCUS — Syria’s regime on Sunday denied its forces used tanks and helicopters in an assault on Treimsa, saying what happened in the central village was the result of clashes with rebels and not a “massacre.” Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said 39 people were killed in Treimsa on Thursday,…

French First Lady vows to think twice before tweeting

PARIS — French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has said she will now think twice before tweeting, a month after she used the microblogging site to undermine her rival, the president’s former partner. Trierweiler sent out a tweet wishing good luck to an opponent of Segolene Royal — Francois Hollande’s ex-partner…

Japan offers glimpse of history in MacArthur’s office

For six years US General Douglas MacArthur was lord of all he surveyed as supreme commander of the Allied forces in occupied Japan, gazing over Tokyo from a building requisitioned from an insurance company. Now, more than 60 years after Japan began governing itself again, his office is being opened…

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