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Woman who searched 24 years for son she gave up for adoption learns he died in Lockerbie bombing

A US woman traced the son she gave up for adoption only to find that he had died in the Lockerbie plane bombing 25 years ago, a report said on Sunday. Carol King-Eckersley, 65, from Oregon, decided last year to search for the baby boy she gave up at birth…

Buddha relics — including hair, teeth and bones — stolen from Cambodian shrine

Cambodian police on Sunday said they were searching for a golden urn said to contain relics of the Buddha — including hair, teeth and bones — after it was stolen from a shrine. The theft of several small statues and the urn from a mountain shrine in the former royal…

John Kerry returns to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta as top U.S. diplomat

US Secretary of State John Kerry returned Sunday to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, whose waters he navigated as a wartime gunboat skipper, to investigate climate change in his role as Washington’s top diplomat. Kerry, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday on a trip aimed at shoring up ties with…

Pope Francis says he is no Marxist, but defends critique of Capitalism

Pope Francis said he knew a lot of “good” Marxists but was no communist himself, following criticism of his diatribes against unfettered capitalism from conservative commentators in the United States. “Marxist ideology is wrong. But in my life I have met a lot of Marxists who are good people, so…

Google buys Boston Dynamics. Skynet, here we come

Apparently, Google’s robotics division needs to scare the pants off of the rest of the world. Google confirmed to the New York Times that it purchased Boston Dynamics, a DARPA-funded robotics firm that has grown YouTube-famous through its unworldly animalistic and anthropomorphic military robot prototypes like the BigDog and the…

Colorado drops sexual harassment charge against six-year-old who kissed classmate

Hunter Yelton can go back to school without worrying about a complaint of sexual harassment hanging over his head … assuming the six-year-old ever really understood what “sexual,” “harassment” or complaint means. Canon City schools, near Colorado Springs, backed down after an avalanche of media attention, and will no longer…

‘Sister Wives’ polygamous family prevail in federal court; Utah cohabitation law ruled unconstitutional

Polygamy remains illegal in Utah. But it’s no longer illegal to cohabitate with multiple people you consider your spouses in a plural marriage there. The ruling handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups effectively invalidated much of Utah’s anti-polygamy law in practice, the result of a case pressed…

Poor nations serve as e-waste dumping ground, says United Nations

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE John Vidal, The Observer Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous “e-waste” that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned. The global volume of electronic waste…

Following execution, North Korea tells its citizens in China to return home as a show of loyalty

Days after killing his politically-influential uncle and two associates, Kim Jong Un is telling North Korean business people in China to come home, reports the BBC. North Korea’s supreme leader had his second in command and uncle, Jang Song Thaek, arrested, tried, sentenced and executed for treason and other crimes…

California health officials have foodies fuming over Sriracha chili sauce shortage

Public health officials in California have taken the drastic step of ordering the maker of Sriracha chili sauce to cease selling the popular condiment in the green-topped squeeze bottle for a month even though no one has ever complained about any problems with the sauce.;  …

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