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White House urges Congress to extend unemployment benefits to 1.3 million active job seekers

President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday urged US lawmakers to swiftly restore unemployment benefits, criticizing a decision not to extend emergency aid to 1.3 million people looking for work. A statement from the Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, said the move “defied economic sense.” “Never before have…

Study finds parents make teenagers ‘embarrassed to even be associated’ with Facebook

Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat. Researching the Facebook use of 16-18 year olds in eight EU countries, the Global Social Media Impact Study found that as parents and…

‘Indefinite hiatus’ of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertston over after 2 weeks, won’t affect season 5

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “indefinite hiatus” of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is over — and because it coincided with a holiday break in production, he will still appear in all episodes of the upcoming fifth season. In a statement to the Reporter, A&E said that “Phil’s comments…

Backslider: Catholic youth leader raped victim after promising not to do it again

A Catholic youth leader who promised a teenager he had raped that he would never rape again if she didn’t report him to police was reported to police by his victim after he sexually assaulted her best friend. In a complaint filed by Marain Foley against Brandon Eckerson, she claims…

Drunk Connecticut man’s Christmas wish to lesbian sister: ‘I will kill a gay’

A Plainville, Connecticut man was arrested on Christmas Day after his mother and brother shared voicemails with the police in which he said he would “execute” his lesbian sister if he saw her at Christmas. Gordon Bissonnette reportedly left the voicemails beginning in mid-December. He was upset with his mother…

Argentina court rules 14-year-old rape victim can have abortion

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a lower court decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure which had triggered outrage. The teenage girl discovered early last month that she was pregnant after being raped by her mother’s partner.…

Former Stasi officers still employed at archives of East Germany’s secret police

It was set up as a unique historical experiment: an agency that would open up the secret service’s files to those it had spied upon. But now the commissioner in charge of the East Germany’s secret police archive has admitted that his agency still counts 37 former Stasi employees among…

McDonald’s dumps repeatedly mocked ‘McResource’ employee advice website

McDonald’s has pulled the plug on an employee website after it was mocked by critics of the fast-food giant’s salary practices, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Dubbed “McResource” and managed by a subcontractor, the site aimed to give employees tips on managing stress and other daily challenges. “A combination of factors…

New York judge rules mass NSA phone metadata surveillance is lawful

A US district judge in New York ruled on Friday that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency was lawful and a vital component of the war on Al-Qaeda. The ruling (PDF) from Judge William Pauley of the southern district court in New York came 10 days after a…

Russia buries AK-47 creator Mikhail Kalashnikov in new ‘pantheon’ for heroes

Russia on Friday buried Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. To the sound of a final salute fired from the AK-47 machine guns that made him world-famous, Kalashnikov was laid to…

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