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China’s state-run media accuses Starbucks of price-gouging

Starbucks has become the latest foreign firm to be roasted by China’s state-run media, with a series of accusations that the world’s largest coffee shop chain is overcharging Chinese consumers. State broadcaster CCTV aired a seven-minute report criticising the firm’s pricing in China, arguing that a tall latte in Beijing…

Author Bill Bryson claims copyright on interview he gave more than 20 years ago

A bunch of folks have alerted me to this bizarre story of author Bill Bryson, known for his “humorous books on travel,” along with his publisher Transworld (a division of Random House), who are apparently claiming that Bryson holds the copyright on…  …

‘Cloud Atlas’ actor Ben Whishaw is Queen’s choice to play Freddie Mercury in upcoming film

Queen drummer reveals Bond actor is band’s preferred choice to play singer, after departure of Sacha Baron Cohen James Bond star Ben Whishaw is Queen’s choice to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic, according to the band’s drummer Roger Taylor. Speaking on the BBC’s One Show, Taylor remarked that…

Right-leaning Richmond Times-Dispatch refuses to endorse in Virginia governor race

When Virginians consider the choice between hard-right conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Clinton staffer Terry McAuliffe, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has decided to go fishing instead. The headline says it all. “Our choice for governor in 2013: none of the above.” For context, Virginia’s largest newspaper leans conservative. The…

Administration calling in the cavalry to fix Healthcare.gov

It’s time to swat bugs at Healthcare.gov, administration officials said Sunday. President Obama plans to address the issue of the sign-up website’s broken functionality tomorrow in a Rose Garden event, UPI reported Sunday. Meanwhile, the administrators of the federal insurance exchanges are reaching out to the tech community. “Our team…

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A U.S. scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs. The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The…

Bribery scandal engulfs U.S. Navy; contractor traded inside data for hookers and Lady Gaga tickets

A naval investigator and two senior naval officers have been arrested in connection with an unfolding bribery and corruption scandal in which a contractor traded money, prostitutes, travel and gifts in exchange for inside information and preferential access for his firm’s services. The criminal complaint from the U.S. attorney of…

Japanese youth have quit having sex and no one really knows why

Japan’s falling birthrate looks like a kind of slow motion national seppuku, leaving the country’s policy makers flabbergasted and fearful. An in-depth report by The Guardian examined the social elements to the long slide, starting with the fact that young people have increasingly abandoned sexual activity and dating all together.…

Boko Haram militants slaughter 19 in northern Nigeria

Gunmen belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist militant group shot and hacked to death 19 motorists after blocking a highway in Nigeria’s restive northeast Sunday, according to reports from locals and a survivor. Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform on Sunday killed 19 people near the Nigerian border with…

McCain seeks united Republican front against Obamacare as Cruz fights on

The battle within the Republican party highlighted by the recent government shutdown has damaged the party, hurt innocent Americans and taken attention away from the “fiasco” of the rollout of Obamacare, Senator John McCain said on Sunday. McCain, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham, a key McCain…

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