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Unemployment rate falls to 7.4 percent despite slower job growth due to shrinking labor force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employers slowed their pace of hiring in July but the jobless rate fell anyway, mixed signals that could make the U.S. Federal Reserve more cautious about drawing down its huge economic stimulus program. The number of jobs outside the farming sector increased by 162,000, the Labor…

NFL player appologizes for using racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert

NFL Cooper apologizes for racial slur (via Fox Sports) Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for using a racial slur. Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for using a racial slur. Updated Aug 1, 2013 11:59 AM ET   PHILADELPHIA (AP) Saying he was ”ashamed and disgusted” with himself, Eagles wide receiver Riley……

Woman accused of spraying green paint on Washington monuments to appear in court

(Reuters) – A woman accused of dumping green paint on parts of the National Cathedral was scheduled to appear in a Washington court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on charges of destroying property. Jia M. Tian, 58, is accused of splashing green paint on a pipe organ and on…

Climate change linked to violent behavior

Bring on the cool weather – climate change is predicted to cause extreme weather, more intense storms, more frequent floods and droughts, but could it also cause us to be more violent with one another? A new study from scientists in the US controversially draws a link between increased rates…

Madonna and Lady Gaga accused of breaking Russian visa rules

Russian officials are considering prosecution against Lady Gaga and Madonna after discovering they entered the country under incorrect paperwork. The office of Russia’s prosecutor general has issued a statement confirming that neither singer obtained an appropriate visa prior to performing there last year. Madonna, who played in August 2012, and…

U.S. gives seal of approval to Egypt’s new leaders

By Maggie Fick and Angus MacSwan CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi prepared for confrontation on Friday, and the United States said Egypt’s military had been “restoring democracy” when it drove him from office. Thousands were gathered in two Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo, defying warnings…

Iran’s president-elect calls Israel ‘wound’ on Muslim world

DUBAI (Reuters) – Two days ahead of his inauguration as Iran’s next president, moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani called Israel a “wound” on the Muslim world that must be removed, and urged Iranians to support the rights of Palestinians, Iranian media reported on Friday. The remarks echoed the strong anti-Israel sentiment…

New Doctor Who to be revealed Sunday

The new Doctor Who will be unveiled in front of a live audience at a special show on Sunday, the BBC announced. Presenter by Zoe Ball will conduct an interview with the new Time Lord, who will replace Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. “The decision is made and the time…

Pakistan TV preacher defends Ramadan baby give-away

A charismatic Muslim preacher criticised for giving out babies to childless couples live on prime-time Pakistani television denies he is crudely seeking top ratings and insists he is spreading charity. Aamir Liaqat Hussain, one of the biggest stars on Pakistani TV, spoke to AFP as a charity involved in the…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad warns Israel will be ‘uprooted’

Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would “uproot” the Jewish state. “I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of…

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