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Phone-hacking scandal disrupts Murdoch succession

NEW YORK — The phone-hacking scandal brought simmering tensions in the Murdoch clan to the fore and disrupted a succession plan to News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch, according to an article in the upcoming edition of Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair, in the December issue of the magazine, also reported…

Apple fixing iPhone 4S battery drain

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said it is working to squash software bugs that have evidently been eating away at battery life in the iPhone 4s and other gadgets powered by its latest mobile operating system. “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5…

‘Occupy London’ protesters allowed to stay until 2012: lawyer

LONDON — Anti-capitalist protesters camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral will be allowed to remain until at least the New Year, a lawyer for the group said after a meeting city authorities Wednesday. Lawyer John Cooper, who has advised the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) group since the first day…

Private-sector data highlights weak U.S. job market

WASHINGTON — The unemployment scourge ravaging the United States showed no sign of letup in October, as the world’s biggest economy struggles to recover from recession, according to data released Wednesday. With Europe’s debt crisis escalating, threatening global growth, the entrenched high US jobless rate undermines the economy’s resilience against…

Energy firm says ‘fracking’ triggered British earth tremors

LONDON — A controversial method of extracting gas from the ground known as fracking was the “highly probable” trigger of earth tremors along England’s coastline this year, according to findings published Wednesday. British energy firm Cuadrilla Resources said a study of its drilling along Lancashire’s Fylde coast, northwest England, concluded…

Obama regains top spot in Forbes most powerful list

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has regained the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people, edging out Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and last year’s winner, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who slipped down to third. Obama, who topped the list in 2009 only to…

New Hampshire to hold primaries January 10

NEW YORK — New Hampshire will hold its presidential primary elections on January 10, maintaining its first-in-the-nation primary status, state officials said Wednesday. Part of the first round of voting that will see Iowa hold its caucuses a week earlier on January 3, the primaries will help select the Republican…

Teen in recovery from accidental haunted house hanging

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A teenager who was accidentally tangled in a hangman’s noose while acting at a Halloween haunted house was out of intensive care on Wednesday and recovering from the incident that left her briefly not breathing and unconscious, police said. The 17-year-old, who was not identified because…

NASA: Martians probably lived underground, if at all

According to a new study conducted by NASA, the presence of abundant water on the surface of Mars was short lived, meaning any lifeforms probably lived within the planet and not on it. In 2005, scientists discovered clay deposits on Mars’ surface that indicated the presence, at one point, of water…

Cain says foes ‘trying to destroy me’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said on Wednesday that his opponents are “trying to destroy me” over allegations of sexual harassment that have rocked his 2012 bid. The controversy is threatening to engulf Cain’s campaign just as he is leading in many polls of Republican voters who…

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