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Jewish leader blasts return of Nazi art trove to hoarding recluse

The leader of Germany’s Jewish community on Thursday slammed a decision by authorities to return hundreds of paintings to a recluse accused of hoarding priceless artworks believed stolen by the Nazis. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, said the aim by prosecutors to give…

Health-care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years

President Obama makes a statement before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies in the White House in Washington Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP) Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record, and health-care…  …

Honda’s ‘Hydrogen Boy’ pees his way to a cleaner world

A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology. The Japanese firm erected a 6.6-foot replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis — the bronze statue of a boy peeing into…

Uzbekistan’s cosmopolitan first daughter documents downfall on Twitter

With allegations of sorcery and featuring a feared autocratic ruler and the downfall of an ambitious daughter, it could be one of those mediaeval verse epics for which Central Asia is famed. But it is the very contemporary medium of Twitter that has exposed the extraordinary rift at the heart…

Home of North Dakota white supremacist defaced by racist graffiti after revelations about his ‘African’ DNA

Authorities revealed today that Neo-Nazi and Canadian hate-crime fugitive Craig Cobb’s arrest over the weekend stemmed from an incident involving a former follower of the racial purist. According to local prosecutors, after other white supremacists in Leith learned that Cobb possessed “sub-Sarahan African” DNA, one of them — currently not…

Methodist minister ‘convicted’ of performing gay marriage has 30 days to ‘repent’ or be defrocked

On Monday, the United Methodist Church convicted Reverend Frank Schaefer on two counts of breaking his pastoral vows after he officiated over the marriage of his gay son, Tim. On Tuesday, the church rendered its verdict: Rev. Schaefer is suspended for 30 days, during which time he must “repent of…

Australia police, central bank websites hacked

The websites of the Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia have been the victims of an apparent cyber attack, with reports Thursday blaming Indonesian hackers. The AFP called the attack “irresponsible”, and said whoever was to blame could face prosecution. “These attacks are irresponsible, and will not…

Illinois becomes 16th US state to legalize gay marriage

Illinois became the 16th US state to legalize gay marriage Wednesday, just days after Hawaii passed marriage equality legislation. “What we’re celebrating today is the triumph of democracy, the triumph of liberty,” Governor Pat Quinn said as he prepared to sign the bill into law on a desk used by…

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion restrictions to remain in place

The Supreme Court divided down partisan lines today when it ruled that Texas can continue to enforce strict abortion restrictions that prevent nearly a third of the state’s clinics from operating. The court rejected the arguments by Planned Parenthood and several affiliated clinics that claimed that the strictures place an…

Man charged in unspeakably brutal rape claims to ‘have Jesus on his side’

State police in Hazleton, Pennsylvania arrested Emmanuel Paulino today for what they allege was a particularly brutal rape. Paulino is also accused of assaulting the officer who tried to arrest him. Warning: this article describes non-consensual sex-acts of a particularly violent nature. According to court records, the victim — whose…

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