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Police probe Tyler Perry racial profiling charge

A US police force is investigating two of its officers after Tyler Perry accused them of racial profiling for stopping him in his car and questioning him in a “hostile” manner, a spokesman said. The African-American writer-director made the allegations regarding an incident in Atlanta, Georgia, in which he performed…

Egypt’s former spy chief to run for president

Former spy chief Omar Suleiman, a pillar of the ousted regime, decided on Friday to run in next month’s presidential vote, in a surprise twist to a contest to elect Hosni Mubarak’s successor. His change of mind came after hundreds of demonstrators gathered in a Cairo district to urge Suleiman,…

Rick Santorum’s daughter hospitalized again

WASHINGTON — The youngest daughter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, has again been hospitalized, his campaign said Friday. “Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “The family requests prayers…

Navy jet crashes into Virginia apartment building

WASHINGTON — A US Navy F-18 fighter jet crashed just after take-off Friday, plunging into a low-rise Virginia apartment building and triggering a massive inferno but injuring only six people, officials said. The two crew members ejected from the jet which hit a populated area in the eastern coastal tourist…

Milwaukee Zoo arranges iPad ‘play dates’ for oragutans in other zoos

The young orangutan reaches his hand through the cage and rubs his knuckles over an iPad, drawing wide colors across the screen with his favorite app. A few minutes later, Mahal presses his face up against the mesh, stretches out his long tongue and taps the screen to make it…

Suicide bomber kills Afghan peace envoy and his son

A suicide bomber assassinated an Afghan peace envoy and former mujahedeen commander on Friday, in the latest blow to stuttering reconciliation efforts in the violence-wracked country. Maulavi Mohammad Hashem Munib, the head of the government’s High Peace Council in Kunar province, was killed along with his son and a bodyguard,…

Twitter sues creators of spam-generating software programs

Twitter on Thursday turned to a US federal court in its latest effort to stop spammers targeting the worldwide one-to-many text messaging service. Twitter sued a small cadre of what it described as “the most aggressive” culprits behind blitzes of messages ranging from junk promotions to frauds and even links…

Board rules that Marine who called Obama the ‘enemy’ should be discharged

A US Marine faces possible dismissal after posting critical remarks on Facebook about US President Barack Obama, with a review board recommending a less than honorable discharge. Sergeant Gary Stein, 26, a nine-year veteran, posted comments on Facebook and other websites calling Obama a coward and “the economic and religious…

Pirates hijack Chinese cargo ship near Iranian port

A Chinese cargo ship was hijacked by pirates on Friday in the Gulf of Oman, not far off the south of Iran, state media said, citing China’s embassy in Tehran. The vessel was attacked on Friday morning near the Iranian port of Chabahar, according to the Xinhua news agency. The…

Canadian scientists discover alternative to whale vomit for perfumers

A product from fir trees and yeast may soon replace ambergris, a kind of whale barf, to make expensive perfume, scientists said Thursday. For centuries, perfume makers have prized ambergris for its ability to prevent scent from dissipating. The wax-like substance is secreted by sperm whales to protect their digestive…

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