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U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s undying call for a “new birth of freedom” at the bloody turning point of the US Civil War, turned 150 years old Tuesday, even as the union he fought to preserve quarrels bitterly over the role of government. Thousands of people bundled up against the…

Twitter pulls Shebab accounts as group boasts of Kenya attack

As gunshots and explosions rocked Nairobi’s Westgate mall, those behind the horrifying attack used Twitter to provide something of a running commentary of events. “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab tweeted. The depiction of the attack at the…

Obama’s approval rating plummets amid health care debacle

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has fallen sharply because of the botched launch of his signature health care plan, says a poll out Tuesday. His overall approval rating stands at 42 percent, dropping six points in a month in the Washington Post-ABC News poll, his lowest rating yet. Opposition to…

Prosecutors drop bigamy charges against Nelson Mandela’s grandson

South Africa’s state prosecutor said Tuesday that charges of grave tampering and bigamy have been dropped against Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, who had been embroiled in a bitter family feud. In July, Mandla Mandela was charged with tampering with the graves of some of his famous grandfather’s children, after exhuming…

Not a belieber: Mexico says Justin Bieber lied about meeting President Nieto

Sorry Justin Bieber, Mexico’s president is apparently not a belieber. The Canadian pop star’s controversy-filled tour of Latin America took a new twist in Mexico after Bieber’s claim that he met with President Enrique Pena Nieto was swiftly denied by the government. Before a Mexico City show late Monday, Bieber,…

Tesla Motors seeks to annihilate ‘false perception’ about fire risk of electric cars

A US government agency said Tuesday it was investigating fires in Tesla electric vehicles, as the company ordered modifications aimed at reducing what it called a negligible risk. The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came after Tesla requested such a probe, saying it wanted to quash any…

Amsterdam offers chronic alcoholics free beer if they clean up the streets

At nine o’clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand. For a day’s work, the men receive 10 euros (around $13), a half-packet of rolling tobacco and, most…

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ over lacking climate action

United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he was ‘deeply concerned’ that countries were not doing enough to limit global warming. “I am deeply concerned that the scale of our action is still insufficient to limit the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius (3.6 deg Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial…

Day care adds Ritz Crackers to kids’ lunches to make them more balanced

A mom in Canada said she was surprised that her children were sent home from day care with a note saying the lunch she’d packed for them was unbalanced. Kristen Bartkiw said she’d packed homemade roast beef, potatoes and carrots for her 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, along with an…

Tests show actress Brittany Murphy may have died from rat poison

Father commissions reports after 2009 death of troubled 8 Mile actor initially ruled as caused by pneumonia A toxicology report commissioned by Brittany Murphy’s father has suggested that the 8 Mile actor did not die from natural causes, as was previously thought. After Murphy’s death at the age of 32…

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