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Analysis: ‘Pay for pain’ scandal could end up in courts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A scandal in which U.S. football players got rewarded for injuring opponents could have legal consequences, with prosecutors, players and even fans getting in on the judicial action. By Sunday morning, four National Football League teams were linked to a “pay for pain” scandal that came…

Tornado victims flock to Facebook for helping hand

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Residents of the storm-ravaged communities in the Midwest are reaching out to each other, neighbor to neighbor, through social media sites to coordinate disaster relief and share information. A chain of fast-moving tornadoes spawned by massive thunderstorms cut a swath of destruction from the Midwest to…

Earthquake rattles northern California: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook Northern California on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake, which was initially reported at a 4.3 magnitude, was centered a mile southeast of East Richmond Heights, northeast of San Francisco, and was at a depth of 5.5 miles, the USGS…

App gives runners a boost with flesh-eating zombies

TORONTO (Reuters) – If your standard running routine needs an adrenaline boost, maybe flesh-eating zombies will do the trick. An app called Zombies, Run!, is a narrated game where real-world runners must out run zombies and collect supplies to keep themselves and their fellow humans alive — and the only…

BP boosted by oil spill settlement

LONDON (Reuters) – Shares in BP rose over 2 percent on Monday after the oil giant reached a settlement with businesses and individuals impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill worth an estimated $7.8 billion. Some analysts said the expected payout was less than they had forecast, reduced legal uncertainty and suggested the final settlement with BP’s…

Chavez faces more cancer treatment before Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez said he will needradiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela’s October presidential poll, though he insisted there was no metastasis after the removal of another tumor. “I will live! I will overcome!” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in a televised meeting with some cabinet colleagues from Cuba,…

SingTel to buy US firm to boost mobile ad business

Singapore Telecom said Monday that it will buy a US mobile advertising start-up for $321 million to expand group revenues from phone ads and marketing across Asia. SingTel, Southeast Asia’s biggest telecom firm by revenue, said its 100 percent buyout of Amobee would boost mobile ad sales in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia,…

New revenue model elusive for U.S. papers: study

US newspapers are searching for a new revenue model in an era of falling circulation, declining print advertising dollars and free online competition. A study published on Monday suggests they have a long and difficult road ahead — although there are a few encouraging signs. The 16-month study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for…

Guns playing big role in Republican race

“Guns save lives,” Matthew Lee, a volunteer for Newt Gingrich, defiantly tells people at a Tennessee gun show, which is also a key political event in the Republican primary campaign. In states such as Tennessee and Georgia, where voters head to the polls for “Super Tuesday” primaries, the Republican contenders seeking to unseat Democrat Barack…

Putin wins re-election with almost 64% of vote

Russian leader Vladimir Putin crushed his rivals in presidential elections with almost 64 percent of the vote, according to results published Monday based on an almost complete vote count. Putin won 63.97 percent of the vote in Sunday’s polls, well ahead of his nearest rival the Communist Party leader Gennady…

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