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New York City’s ban on giant sodas struck down by appeals court

New York’s bid to ban giant, sugary sodas on public health grounds suffered a new setback on Tuesday when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down the proposed legislation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has championed the measure as part of the fight against an obesity epidemic and rampant diabetes,…

Senate urges financial regulators to implement reforms

US senators pressed regulators on Tuesday to speed up implementation of financial service industry reforms aimed at reducing risks from transactions like derivatives swaps that contributed to the 2007 financial crisis. Mary Jo White, head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is charged with regulating US markets and securities,…

What we know thanks to Bradley Mannning’s leaks to WikiLeaks

Revelations from the files downloaded include footage of US helicopter crews laughing at civilian deaths in Baghdad Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old US private, downloaded more than 700,000 classified documents from US military servers and passed them to WikiLeaks. The Guardian was one of several news organisations to publish a series of…

Authorities confirm Spanish train driver was on phone at the time of the crash

MADRID (Reuters) – The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain last week, killing 79 people, was talking on the phone with state train operator Renfe at the time of the accident, a court said on Tuesday after analyzing the train’s data recording devices. The initial reading of…

Judge rules Penn State officials can face trial over Sandusky abuse

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – There is enough evidence to try former Penn State officials, including ex-president Graham Spanier, for covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a judge ruled on Tuesday. After a two-day hearing, Judge Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner ruled that a criminal trial can be…

British gay clubs boycott Russian vodka over anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law

Some of London’s biggest gay venues are boycotting Russian vodka as part of a global movement to highlight the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws. The G-A-Y Group, which runs the famous Heaven superclub, is among those removing Russian products after President Vladimir Putin’s government banned “gay propaganda” and cracked down on gay…

Ben & Jerry’s settles with studio over X-rated products inspired by ice cream titles

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A southern California pornography studio has reached an agreement with Ben & Jerry’s not to release DVDs and other X-rated products whose names pay homage to the company’s ice cream flavors. The agreement made public on Tuesday resolves a trademark infringement lawsuit that Ben &…

Angelina Jolie becomes Forbes’ top-paid actress

Angelina Jolie has topped Forbes magazine’s annual list of top-earning actresses after pulling in an estimated $33 million in a year marked by her decision to have a double mastectomy. Last year’s top earner Kirsten Stewart slipped to third in the list with $22m, behind Jolie and second-placed Jennifer Lawrence,…

Italy’s first black cabinet minister: Racist insults hurt both me and ‘civil conscience’

Italy’s first black cabinet member, Cecile Kyenge, on Tuesday called for an end to racist insults from members of the anti-immigration Northern League party. People “should debate with ideas, not with insults, even when they have different ideas,” Kyenge, who is minister for integration, told reporters. “These attacks hurt me…

American Jewish group demands action against magazine accused of ‘whitewashing’ Nazi past

American Jewish group demands action over Waffen-SS article An American Jewish group has demanded that the German government take action against a magazine that is said to have whitewashed the history of the Waffen-SS - the Nazi party’s armed wing. According to a New York Times report, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los…

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