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Italians celebrate International Pillow Fight Day

ROME — Some 100 people did battle with feather-filled pillows Sunday in front of central Rome’s Santa Maria in Trastevere church, to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. The pillow warriors, most between 18 and 30 years old, lined up face-to-face, then unleashed their fiercest pillow-fight moves when the church’s bells…

Tokyo to bid for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo formally announced its bid to host the 2020 Olympics as a symbol of Japan’s determination to recover from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The announcement was made on Saturday, at a reception marking the 100th anniversary of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and in the presence of…

WikiLeaks’ Assange appeals UK extradition ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will on Tuesday start his appeal against a British court ruling that he can be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape. The 40-year-old Australian will take his legal battle to the High Court in London for a two-day hearing, in the hope of reversing…

Heirs, US govt battle in court over rare coins

The heirs to a renowned Philadelphia jeweler are locked in a court battle with the US government over the ownership of 10 rare gold coins from 1933 worth an estimated $75 million. The government contends the coins were stolen because the 1933 Double Eagles, worth $20 when they were minted,…

Google investors fear long battle against Feds

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Larry Page should put in a call to Bill Gates. Microsoft Corp’s famous founder may know better than anyone else what the Google Inc chief executive would face if he engages in a protracted legal battle against U.S. antitrust regulators. Google said on Friday that the…

John McCain the nation’s third most disliked senator

Arizona Senator John McCain (R) is the third most disliked sitting senator in the United States, according to a recent poll. Connecticut Independent Senator Joe Lieberman is the least popular, followed by Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign. The Democrat-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling found that 53 percent of McCain’s constituents…

Republicans beat up on Obama during first presidential debate

The Republican Party held its first debate of the 2012 presidential nomination Thursday night in South Carolina, broadcast on Fox News. The candidates competed over who could express the staunchest conservative principles and throw the hardest punch at the White House occupant they’d like to challenge. The significance of the…

Superman threatens to renounce U.S. citizenship

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Superman, citizen of the world? The Man of Steel, in the latest issue of Action Comics which hit newsstands on Wednesday, said he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship in a speech before the United Nations. “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of…

Supreme Court refuses to speed up health care ruling

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request to speed up a ruling on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic achievement that has provoked a fierce political and legal battle. The justices turned down the state of Virginia’s request to invoke a rarely used procedure to…

NATO bombs flatten Gaddafi office as rebels advance

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO bombs destroyed Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s office in his immense Tripoli residence on Monday, while rebels pushed forward against the strongman’s troops in the besieged city of Misrata. Heavy explosions had shaken the centre of Tripoli shortly after midnight as warplanes overflew the Libyan capital. A…

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