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Madoff’s secret shame: Danielle Steel

Bernie Madoff, the infamous Ponzi schemer who has been imprisoned since 2009, granted his second jailhouse interview since the beginning of his incarceration. Not only did he tell the Financial Times the long story of his deception and the reason he fell down the rabbit hole of fraud (“I was…

Obama takes a victory lap — around the Lincoln Memorial

In light of last night’s narrowly avoided government shutdown, President Barack Obama is evidently feeling proud of the deal he struck. He’s showing it by taking a victory lap around D.C. According to the press pooler assigned to the president today, Obama spent about 10 minutes this afternoon at the…

Sidney Lumet, ‘Network’ director, dies at 86

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for inspiring top-notch performances from actors in a stream of classic films including “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “Fail-Safe,” died on Saturday at age 86, the New York Times said. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said Lumet died of lymphoma at his…

NY serial killer could be a cop: investigators

Echoing the popular TV show Showtime, Dexter, in which a cop leads a double life as a serial killer, New York cops think the serial killer who has murdered at least four women may be a former or current law enforcement official, the New York Times reports. Investigators say that…

Wisconsin court candidates hire Bush and Franken’s recount lawyers

Though neither of the candidates in the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice race, JoAnne Kloppenburg and incumbent David Prosser, have officially called for a recount, state officials and the candidates themselves are preparing for one. Kloppenburg’s campaign staff has set up a fund, the Kloppenburg for Justice Committee, to pay legal…

Suspect sought over LA synagogue blast

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A homemade bomb caused an explosion which slightly damaged a Californian synagogue, police said on Friday, naming an “extremely dangerous” homeless man wanted over the blast. Some 100 peope were evacuated after the explosion Thursday near the Chabad House Jewish temple in Santa Monica, west of…

Washington woman fined $500 over acid attack claim

VANCOUVER, Washington (Reuters) – A woman who claimed a stranger doused her with acid, only to later admit she injured herself was sentenced on Friday to pay a $500 fine and seek mental health treatment after pleading guilty to making a false statement to authorities. Bethany Storro, 28, was also…

11th hour miracle: Congress strikes budget deal with minutes to spare before a shutdown

WASHINGTON – With literally moments to spare before a shutdown Friday at midnight, the two parties struck a deal to fund the government through September. They agreed to cut spending $39 billion from 2010 levels and separately vote on controversial policy riders blocking funding for Planned Parenthood. Congress also scrambled…

Idaho governor signs education overhaul into law

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Idaho’s governor on Friday signed into law the final piece of a controversial Republican overhaul of education in the state, as teachers and their allies mobilized to fight the measures. The bill signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, forces districts to equip high schools…

Washington nuclear plant evacuated after minor incident

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state’s only nuclear power plant evacuated about 25 workers after a small amount of hydrogen sprang from a pipe and ignited in a six-inch flash, plant officials said on Friday. The incident at the Columbia Generating Station late Thursday afternoon resulted in no injuries or equipment…

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