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Church sues woman for $500,000 after negative Google review

A church in Beaverton, Oregon is suing a woman after she posted a negative Google review calling them a “cult.” Julie Anne Smith revealed on her blog in March that Pastor Chuck O’Neal and Beaverton Grace Bible Church had sued her for $500,000 over negative reviews on Google and DEX…

Probe determines wrong man was executed in Texas

He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLunapaid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found. Even “all the relatives…

Blind American painter helps children see hope

She sees little more than shadows and shapes. However, American artist Bojana Coklyat not only pursues her passion for painting, but transmits it to children with impaired sight so that they can see the world in a new way. Coklyat, 33, lost most of her sight four years ago as a result…

JPMorgan’s Dimon faces investors after big loss

JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon will face shareholders’ wrath Tuesday after admitting that the top US bank lost $2 billion in derivatives trading in just six weeks. A day after JPMorgan let its chief investment officer go in the wake of the huge loss and the bank’s shares took another sharp fall on the…

U.S. launches air pollution data in Shanghai

The United States consulate in Shanghai has begun issuing its own pollution statistics, giving a much more pessimistic assessment of the city’s air quality than official Chinese data. The US consulate began releasing hourly air quality data from a monitoring device in its city centre compound Monday, posting results online and on Twitter, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Throughout…

Heartland Institute grows isolated as three more donors disassociate

Heartland Institute was cut off by three more corporate donors on Monday, further isolating the ultra-conservative thinktank from the mainstream business world. The defections reinforce the sense of Heartland’s isolation, ahead of its major climate contrarian conference in Chicago next week. A number of prominent speakers also pulled out of…

California faces cuts to fill huge budget hole

LOS ANGELES — California governor Jerry Brown proposed spending cuts Monday, including shutting down state offices one day a week, as well as tax rises to curb an estimated $16 billion budget deficit. Brown warned that the budget hole could balloon further if California voters reject plans to increase sales…

Rep. Polis proposes bill to ensure schools don’t treat pizza as a vegetable

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the SLICE Act on Monday to prevent pizza from being counted as a vegetable in federally funded school lunch menus. “Agribusinesses should never dictate the quality of school meals,” Polis said. “Big food companies have their priorities, which include selling cheap, unhealthy foods at high…

Obama seeks political gain from same sex marriage move

NEW YORK — US President Barack Obama on Monday sought to leverage his decision to back gay marriage for political gain, drawing a sharp contrast between his position and that of his Republican foe Mitt Romney. But the president, still walking a delicate political line on the issue, declined to…

Man needs $20,000 to get dog back from ex

NEW YORK — A recently split-up US man is so desperate to get his dog back from his ex that he’s gone online to ask for $20,000 to pay the legal fees on top of the $30,000 he’s already blown. “Knuckles was kidnapped by my ex-girlfriend and the legal fees…

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