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Harry Potter gets pulled into war of words between Japan and China

Why are China and Japan accusing each other of being Voldemort? (via The Christian Science Monitor) “You’re evil.” “No, you’re evil.” This, at its crudest, is how the most recent war of words between China and Japan is being played out. The battleground, somewhat surprisingly, is Britain and the op-ed…

Florida man bites neighbor’s ear off over a cigarette

A Florida man was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly biting off a piece of his neighbor’s ear after not getting a cigarette, the Palm Beach Post reported on Tuesday. Police said Albert Felipe started acting belligerently toward the victim, 54-year-old John Ott, after patting him down looking for…

Obama presses Republicans on extending unemployment benefits

President Barack Obama made an emotional, moral and economic case for extending long-term unemployment benefits on Tuesday, kicking off his first skirmish of the year with Republicans. The spat over prolonging the lifeline to 1.3 million Americans, among millions looking for work, represents the first political test of wills in…

Former Miss Venezuela and husband shot dead in Venezuela

Former beauty queen turned soap opera star Monica Spear was found shot to death with her husband in their car on a roadside in Venezuela, local media reported Tuesday. Spear’s five-year-old daughter was found alive in the car Monday night and was in stable condition after being treated at a…

Escaped Kentucky inmate returns to jail instead of facing freezing temparatures

An inmate who went on the run from a Kentucky prison begged to be let back in just a day later because he was so cold, US police said. Robert Vick escaped from the Blackburn jail on Sunday but turned up at the “Sunset Motel” in Lexington the next day…

Poland cracks down on drunk drivers after freak New Year’s Day accident kills six

Poland’s government on Tuesday unveiled a plan to fight driving under the influence, after a drunk driver killed six pedestrians on New Year’s Day. Poland has one of the worst road safety ratings in the 28-member European Union, and reckless and drunk driving are part of the problem. Polish Prime…

Israeli minister: Middle East peace talks could be extended past April

Middle East peace talks could be extended beyond their April deadline, Israel’s defence minister said Tuesday, insisting current negotiations were aimed solely at providing a framework for final talks. The remarks came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry left following four days of intense meetings with Israeli…

Sony plans cloud-based TV service and unveils streaming game system

Sony on Tuesday announced a hotly-anticipated streaming game service along with the news that it sold more than 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the start of this year. PlayStation Now, set to begin a test phase this month and launch in the United States mid-year, promised to let gamers…

Falluja standoff between Iraqi army and insurgents poses dilemma for Obama

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and rebel groups including al-Qaida was reported near Falluja on Tuesday, 24 hours after the US agreed to speed up arms sales to the government in Baghdad. The standoff between the Iraqi army and the insurgents poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, torn between…

MS Senate candidate blames ‘hip-hopping’ culture that ‘values prison’ for gun violence

Comments made by Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel on conservative radio about “hip-hopping kids” being responsible for increased gun violence in the United States may derail his bid for the United States Senate. In a teaser for the syndicated program Right Side Radio published by the Dark Horse Mississippi…

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