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Cigarette vending machines banned in England

LONDON — Cigarette vending machines were banned in England on Saturday, a move the government hopes will cut the numbers of children smoking. Anyone caught selling cigarettes from the machines, usually found in pubs and clubs, could face a fine of £2,500 ($3,900, 2,900 euros). Pubs will still be able…

Facebook hires iPhone hacker ‘Geohot’

WASHINGTON — Facebook confirmed on Wednesday that it has hired George Hotz, a celebrated hacker known as “GeoHot” who was sued by Sony for hacking the Japanese company’s PlayStation 3 game console. A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed in an email to AFP that Hotz had been hired by the social network…

Gruesome U.S. serial killer trial opens Monday

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AFP) – An accused serial killer who allegedly kept the bodies of 11 women in and around his Ohio home for more than two years and blamed the stench on a nearby sausage factory goes on trial here Monday. The gruesome case that unraveled on October 29, 2009…

Just 54,000 jobs created in May as unemployment rises to 9.1%

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employment rose far less than expected in May to record its weakest reading since September, while the jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent as high energy prices and the effects of Japan’s earthquake bogged down the economy. Nonfarm payrolls increased 54,000 last month, the Labor Department said…

Kloppenburg concedes Wisconsin court race

Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg conceded defeat in the dramatic Wisconsin judiciary race that has stretched on since the April 5 election, saying that she would not ask for another recount, but that there was evidence of “significant and widespread errors and anomalies.” Republican David Prosser, who has held the seat on…

U.S. weather experts: Climate change not directly linked to deadly tornadoes

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is experiencing the deadliest year for tornadoes in nearly six decades, but top US weather experts said Monday there is no link between the violent twisters and climate change. Instead, the reasons for the spiking death tolls are more likely due to the rise…

Libya releases four foreign journalists

TRIPOLI — Libya freed on Wednesday four arrested journalists — two Americans, a Briton and a Spaniard — an AFP journalist witnessed as they arrived at the capital’s Rixos Hotel. American James Foley of GlobalPost, an online news agency, and freelance writer Clare Morgana Gillis, as well as Spanish photographer…

Post-hack, Sony chief says company cannot guarantee PS3 security

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony chief Howard Stringer has warned he can no longer guarantee the security of the electronics giant’s gaming network in the “bad new world” of cybercrime after one of the biggest Internet data breaches. The Japanese multinational has begun restoring its hacked PlayStation Network and Sony Online…

Navy reverses plan to allow same sex marriages on military bases

The Navy has rescinded a plan to allow chaplains to marry same sex couples on military bases. In an April 13 memorandum, Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd had said that same sex marriages would be permitted under certain circumstances once the ban on gays serving openly was lifted.…

Israel ‘to invest $1 bn’ in Iron Dome missile system

JERUSALEM — Israel plans to invest $1 billion in the development and production of batteries for its Iron Dome rocket interception system, a top Israeli defence official said in an interview published Monday. Defence Ministry director-general Major General Udi Shani told the daily Haaretz newspaper that five countries have already…

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