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Record $640M lottery prize reported to have winner in MD

The record $640 million lottery prize that sent the United States into a gambling frenzy reportedly had at least one winner early Saturday as local media said the winning ticket had been sold in the state of Maryland. The winning numbers — 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 with Mega Ball…

Martin Luther King’s niece calls Trayvon Martin’s death ‘a late abortion’

Anti-abortion activist Alveda King told a Fox News audience on Thursday that the death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin could be considered “a late abortion.” King was reacting to a clip of Reverend Al Sharpton, who recently called at a rally for the arrest of alleged shooter George Zimmerman. “I’m…

Texas cop filmed threatening to arrest men for being afraid of Taser

A video published to YouTube on Friday appears to show a police officer at a Walmart store in Houston, Texas threatening several black males with a Taser, then claiming he would arrest them, apparently because they cowered away from his weapon. Reached by Raw Story, a Houston police spokesman said…

American World Bank president defends U.S. monopoly on World Bank presidency

Outgoing World Bank president Robert Zoellick said Friday that emerging markets were well represented among the Bank’s staff as he sought to deflect criticism of the US lock on the top job. A nearly seven-decade carve-up has seen Americans lead the World Bank and Europeans head its sister organisation the…

GM pulls funding from climate-denying Heartland Institute

Car giant breaks off 20-year relationship with Heartland Institute in ongoing row over its role in questioning global warming General Motors, the world’s largest carmaker, has confirmed that it is pulling funding from the Heartland Institute, an ultra-conservative thinktank known for its scepticism about climate change. The decision by the…

German woman inherits 4 paintings stolen from New York City in 1998

More than 23 years after they were snatched from a New York gallery, four valuable paintings have turned up in the western German city of Cologne, police said Friday. The works valued at $345,000 (258,000 euros) when they were stolen in July 1988 surfaced in a collection bequeathed to a…

Senate passes resolution calling on China to ease restrictions on Tibet

The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests. In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored “repressive policies targeting Tibetans” despite warnings from China,…

Wisconsin recall elections officially underway

Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board has voted 5-0 to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker after receiving nearly 901,000 signatures, many more than the 540,208 required by law to trigger an election, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal. The recall elections are the culmination of months of effort by…

Long Beach drug bust nets pot, peyote, shrooms, snakes, spiders and a scorpion

Authorities in Long Beach, California said Friday that a home was set ablaze by an unknown arsonist hours after a Thursday narcotics raid that uncovered a cache of hallucinogenic mushrooms and growing equipment, 22 marijuana plants, peyote and a number of exotic animals. Investigators believe the fire was set through…

Obama moves to choke Iran oil exports

President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for fresh sanctions against Iran’s oil sector Friday, judging there is enough oil on world markets to ensure the move will not hit US consumers. With just hours to go before a legal deadline, Obama determined the United States could levy sanctions against banks…

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