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Bishop arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in Vatican bank probe

A priest has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in connection with the sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, Italian media reported Friday. Nunzio Scarano, a priest from Salerno, was arrested after an investigation into the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), as the bank is known,…

Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be bolted to courtroom floor for trial

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado judge ruled on Thursday that accused theater gunman James Holmes will tethered to the courtroom floor by a cable for security reasons during his murder trial, but denied a defense request to sequester the jury. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of…

Obama flies to South Africa as his hero Nelson Mandela hangs on to life

US President Barack Obama flies to South Africa Friday hoping to pay homage to the legacy of his critically ill hero Nelson Mandela, who is fighting for his life in hospital. Mandela’s ill health means the two men, who shattered racial boundaries on either side of the Atlantic, are not…

Mummified women found in massive pre-Incan burial tomb in Peru

LIMA (Reuters) – Archaeologists in Peru on Thursday said they have unearthed a massive royal tomb full of mummified women that provides clues about the enigmatic Wari empire that ruled the Andes long before their better-known Incan successors. “For the first time in the history of archeology in Peru we…

Senator Claire McCaskill takes on rape culture in rebuke of Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto

A US senator has delivered a rebuke to a Wall Street Journal columnist who accused her of waging a crusade to criminalise male sexuality and of being “histrionic” about sexual assault in the military. Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, was responding to a piece in the Wall Street Journal…

NYPD collaborated with CIA on surveillance after 9/11

Campaigners for greater accountability at New York’s powerful police force have seized on a report that details for the first time the extent of the collaboration between the CIA and the NYPD in the years after 9/11. The formerly-classified inspector general’s report also raises new questions over whether the spy…

16-year-old student in Turkey turns bananas into plastic

There’s nothing slippery about Elif Bilgin’s idea of using banana peels as a substitute for old-school petroleum-based plastics. The 16-year-old student from Istanbul spent two years perfecting a way to make a bioplastic out of discarded banana peels that could, in turn, be used for the electrical insulation of cables.…

Google working on a videogame console: report

Google is working on a videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software that has been a hit in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that the California-based Internet titan is out to expand its hardware line-up to include…

Senate Republicans likely to block Obama’s environmental nominee

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a plea this week for the U.S. Senate to confirm his choice to head the agency that will oversee the core of his new climate change plan, but nominee Gina McCarthy’s prospects seem increasingly in doubt. McCarthy was nominated by…

NASA baffled as Voyager 1 enters unknown region of space

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Reports last summer than NASA’s long-lived Voyager 1 space probe had finally left the solar system turned out to be a bit premature, scientists said on Thursday. Rather, the spacecraft, which was launched in 1977 for a five-year mission to study Jupiter…

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