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Senate confirms Samantha Power as UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted to confirm Samantha Power as President Barack Obama’s next ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday. As voting continued, more than 70 of the 100 senators had voted in favor of Power, a former White House national security staffer who won a Pulitzer Prize…

Netflix adds personal profiles to shared streaming accounts

Streaming video service Netflix on Thursday introduced profiles that tune viewing recommendations to the tastes of different people in households. The option to create separate profiles on Netflix accounts began rolling out globally and was intended to better tailor television show or film suggestions to whoever is watching. Previously, the…

French court lifts ban on growing Monsanto GMO corn

France’s top administrative court on Thursday threw out a government ban on US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto from growing a type of genetically modified corn. A moratorium on MON810 corn — one of just two types of genetically altered food crops whose cultivation is approved by the European Union — has…

Italian Supreme Court refuses to lift Berlusconi prison sentence

Italy’s top court on Thursday confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the first ever definitive conviction in a tumultuous career for the billionaire tycoon. The court upheld a tax fraud sentence of four years in prison of which three years are covered by an amnesty,…

Obama nominates John Koskinen to lead IRS

By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated John Koskinen, who has held a variety of roles in government, to lead the Internal Revenue Service amid a controversy over the agency’s scrutiny of conservative political groups. If confirmed by the Senate, Koskinen will…

Portuguese court orders rehiring of drunk ‘happy worker’ garbage collectors

LISBON (Reuters) – A Portuguese court has ordered a waste removal company to rehire an employee it fired for being drunk on his rounds and said tipsy trash men appear happier to members of the public. The appeals court in Porto, a northern city renowned for its port wines, also…

German Catholic seminary school expels students for Nazi salutes, death camp jokes

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) – An investigation into rumors of neo-Nazi activity at a seminary in Bavaria has resulted in two student priests being expelled for imitating the Nazi salute and making jokes about death camps, two bishops announced. The commission probing rumors of neo-Nazi activity at…

Witnesses detail Ariel Castro’s abuse: Plastic toilets that were not often emptied

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Witnesses testified in graphic terms on Thursday how Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro abducted three women and imprisoned them for a decade in his home, where he sometimes kept them in chains, isolated from each other and without regular meals. A police officer, a psychiatrist…

Rep. Keith Ellison: Taxpayers ‘are subsidizing’ fast food corporations’ minimum wage business model

“We Can’t Survive on $7.25″ (via Moyers & Company) Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little…

U.S.-Russia ties won’t suffer over Snowden: senior Kremlin official

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Ties between Russia and the United States will not suffer because of the “relatively insignificant” case of fugitive former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, a senior Kremlin official said on Thursday. “Our president has … expressed hope many times that this will not affect the character…

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