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Colbert: Canadian middle class ‘ice-holes’ bring home more bacon, and it’s that round sh*t

On Wednesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mercilessly attacked middle-class Canadian “ice-holes” for having the audacity of being more affluent than their American counterparts. “As you all know, I’m a big fan of numbered lists,” Colbert said. “And the main reason I love them is because America…

Facebook revenue up 72 percent on rising mobile ads

Facebook Inc’s mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street’s financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its…

Student seek change to university’s ‘Utah Man’ fight song to include women, minorities

Student leaders at the University of Utah, the flagship public campus in the conservative state, are pressing to change the school’s century-old fight song “Utah Man,” saying it needs to be more inclusive of women and minorities. Written in 1904, the song includes phrases and language that could be considered…

CA woman reaches $75,000 settlement with TSA over breast milk X-ray

A nursing Southern California mother stopped from taking breast milk through airport security has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, her lawyer said on Wednesday. TSA officers stopped Stacey Armato at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport while she was traveling to Los Angeles in 2010 with…

Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asian allies

U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. His comments drew a swift response…

Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions, citing controversial research on fetus pain

Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 but the practice still polarizes U.S. society. A handful of states have in recent years enacted…

Cornish people win minority status in Europe

Cornish people are to be recognised as a national minority group for the first time, giving them the same rights as the country’s other minorities, Chief Secretary Danny Alexander announced Thursday. They will now be classified under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities along with the…

Federal judge denies Apple’s move to delay e-book antitrust trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in a brief…

Brazil ramps up security in Rio de Janeiro after deadly unrest

Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beefed up security in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach. Dozens of military police, including members of a feared special forces battalion, moved into the…

FCC ‘commercially reasonable’ proposals criticized for threatening Internet neutrality

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called “net neutrality” rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers’ access to legal Internet content. The rules from the Federal Communications Commission,…

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