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Watch out, parents: ‘Furbys’ are back

Furby is back. Sorry, parents. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Furby Party Rockers are displayed in Hasbro’s showroom at the American International Toy Fair in February in New York. The latest Furby iteration is emerging as one of the marquee toys of the 2013 holiday season. (Jason DeCrow/Invision for Hasbro/……

American Humane Association accused of ignoring Hollywood animal abuse

A rights group that monitors animals used in the entertainment industry has dismissed a report that it turns a blind eye to deaths and injuries because it is too cozy with TV and film bosses. The Hollywood Reporter lists alleged incidents on movies including Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning “Life of Pi,”…

Hundreds of protesters confront cops after ‘stolen’ Honduran election

Hundreds of demonstrators blocked streets in the Honduras capital Tuesday in support of the leftist presidential candidate, who is claiming victory though authorities say the conservative won. “We are fed up with these politicians who are thieves. They have stolen the election! We are going to keep this up out…

Ford recalls 150,000 vehicles over risk of engine fires

U.S. auto giant Ford ordered a recall of nearly 150,000 of its popular Escape vehicle on Tuesday, citing a potential risk of engine fire. The vehicles in question are the 2013 model equipped with the 1.6 liter engine, manufactured between October 2011 and June 2013. Some 139,917 vehicles affected by…

Tunisia’s embattled leaders face rising social discontent

Tunisia’s sluggish economic recovery is spurring a growing number of strikes and protests, with the discontent compounding the ruling Islamist party’s woes amid a political crisis and growing insecurity. Public offices, businesses and entire regions have since the summer been staging walkouts and demanding pay rises, extra staff, hospitals and…

Avengers Assemble With Caution: ‘Captain America’ shield tops list of dangerous toys

Consumer activists Tuesday cited a Captain America shield that contains 29 times more lead than allowed by law as one of the most dangerous toys of 2013. Tougher laws mean toys sold in the United States today are safer than ever, said the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG)…

New app allows Sikhs to report TSA for abuse

Sikh activists, fed up with being singled out at US airports, on Tuesday launched an updated smartphone application to make it easier for passengers to file complaints. The free, downloadable app called FlyRights lets travelers instantly send their concerns to the US Transportation Security Administration, which would then respond through…

Elderly couples’ suicides in France stir euthanasia debate

Two couples in their 80s have committed suicide in Paris, reigniting a debate in France on euthanasia which is still illegal in the country. The suicides came just four days apart. The second couple, aged 84 and 81, were found dead on Monday at their apartment in a building in…

Dragonflys’ ‘black silicon’ found to be potent germ-killer

Imagine a hospital room, door handle or kitchen countertop that is free from bacteria — and not one drop of disinfectant or boiling water or dose of microwaves has been needed to zap the germs. That is the idea behind a startling discovery made by scientists in Australia. In a…

South Africa insists it can cut rhino poaching by 20 percent a year

South African conservation authorities on Tuesday said they aim to reduce rhino poaching by 20 percent a year, insisting their strategy is working despite record levels of poaching. “The war against poaching is not yet won, but we can reduce the figures… it’s an ongoing process,” said Major General Johan…

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