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Tucson victims prepare for shooting anniversary

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, wounded in a deadly mass shooting on January 8 last year, visited a Tucson area park on Saturday as survivors and residents prepared for the somber anniversary on Sunday. A gunman toting a semiautomatic pistol pumped bullet after bullet into a crowd…

Taxpayers owe $385 billion in 2006 taxes: IRS

Despite the wider shortfall between 2001 and 2006, voluntary compliance remained steady at about 83 percent for both years, the agency said on Friday in its five-year update on the amount of taxes that are never paid. “On a relative basis, the tax gap is largely in line with the…

2011 was the driest year on record in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever. That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and…

Navy SEAL who accidentally shot himself dies

Petty Officer Third Class Gene Clayton, 22, of Poland, Ohio, was taken off life support at Scripps Memorial Hospital early on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. “Apparently he was out for the evening and he had gone home with a young lady and was handling a firearm and…

Chinese man held for firebomb attack at Japan embassy in Seoul

The 37-year-old man, identified by his family name Liu, hurled four petrol bombs at the embassy building in central Seoul on Sunday morning, scorching an outer part of the wall, a Seoul police officer said. There were no reports of injuries. Police were questioning Liu, a resident of the southern…

US reaches out to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

A once reluctant United States is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood in a nod to Egypt’s new political reality, but concerns linger about the group’s attitude toward minorities, women and the peace treaty with Israel. In the wake of president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the Freedom and Justice…

Stephen Hawking celebrates 70th birthday

British scientist Stephen Hawking celebrated his 70th birthday Sunday, an age many experts never expected the motor neurone disease sufferer to reach. When Hawking was diagnosed with the debilitating condition aged 21, he was given only a few years to live. But despite spending most of his life in a…

Israel vows to treat hackers like other ‘terrorists’

Israel said on Saturday that it will respond to cyber-attacks in the same way it responds to violent “terrorist” acts, by striking back with force against hackers who threaten the Jewish state. The message from Deputy Foreign Minister Dany Ayalon came after a self-defined “Saudi hacker” from a cabal known…

Fallen Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo to get legal aid at ICC

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo will get legal aidwhile his financial status is assessed, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Saturday. His defence costs to date will be covered by the ICC’s legal aid, said a statement from the court’s clerk, after his defence team said they had no resources with which to conduct his defence. During…

Five women in Belgium have had PIP implants removed

Five women in Belgium have had potentially faulty breast implantsmade by French firm PIP removed since the beginning of December, the country’s health watchdog said Saturday. The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AFMPS) had received the information because a royal decree obliged health professionals to keep it informed of such matters, spokeswomanAnn Eeckhout told AFP. To…

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