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Drunk driver shuts down Philadelphia airport

PHILADELPHIA — Flights at Philadelphia International Airport were halted for 40 minutes Thursday after a drunk driver drove through a gate into a restricted area and onto a runway. Police intervened to stop the driver, identified as Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, after he crashed through a locked, but unmanned gate.…

U.S. making energy progress despite critics: Obama

NASHUA, New Hampshire — President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States is making progress in curbing its dependence on imported petroleum as he defended his energy policy in the face of criticism from Republican rivals. Speaking in New Hampshire, Obama sought to deflect election-year charges that he is to…

Peeing Frenchman sues Google for making him ‘laughing stock’

A Frenchman is suing Google for making him the laughing stock of his village after the firm’s Street View service put on the Internet a picture of him urinating in his garden, his lawyer said Thursday. “He discovered the existence of this photo after noticing that he had become an…

Arrested ‘Senior Al-Qaeda leader’ not Al-Qaeda after all, freed in Egypt

An Islamist mistakenly arrested in Cairo on suspicion of being a senior Al-Qaeda figure has been freed, judicial sources and state media said on Thursday. Muhamed Makkawi, confused for the senior Qaeda militant known by the nomme de guerre of Seif al-Adel, was arrested at Cairo airport on Thursday, with…

Twitter is selling your data

(REUTERS) – Twitter users are about to become major marketing fodder, as two research companies get set to release information to clients who will pay for the privilege of mining the data. Boulder, Colorado-based Gnip Inc and DataSift Inc, based in the U.K. and San Francisco, are licensed by Twitter…

‘Job creators’ in Spain offer land to cannabis growers

A Spanish village plans to rent out its fields for growing cannabis in an urgent bid to create jobs and money to pay off its debts, officials said. The Catalonian village of Rasquera, population 900, voted late Wednesday in favour of a plan to rent land to an association that…

Mystery man set to testify in Rutgers bullying trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The mystery man whose homosexual tryst with Tyler Clementi is at the center of a privacy invasion trial prepared to testify as early as Thursday against the former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on them in a dorm room. He…

Pennsylvania judge denies Sandusky request for trial delay

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The judge overseeing former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case has denied a defense request to postpone the trial by two months, saying a delay should be a matter of last resort. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts of abuse stemming from…

Cannabis use tied to psychosis recovery trouble

(Reuters) – People who suffer an episode of psychotic symptoms may want to steer clear of marijuana afterwards, according to a study from the Netherlands. Researchers, whose findings appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found that people who kept smoking cannabis after a psychotic break tended to have certain…

Coffee drinking not linked to chronic illness: study

(Reuters) – Coffee drinkers have no more risk of getting illnesses such as heart disease or cancer, and are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a German study involving more than 40,000 people over nearly a decade. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,…

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