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PM ‘wouldn’t have hired Coulson, with hindsight’

Prime Minister David Cameron admitted on Wednesday that with hindsight, he would not have hired former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his media chief. “People will of course make judgements about it. Of course I regret and I am extremely sorry about the furore it has caused,”…

‘Wife-carrying’ champion wins again

A Finnish pair have won the country’s annual wife-carrying competition for the third year in a row, organisers said on Saturday. Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen defended their title in front of 6,500 spectators who turned out to watch the celebrated event in Sonkajarvi. The 46-year-old lawyer, his partner’s legs…

Teacher jailed for sexually abusing pupils

LONDON — A primary school teacher who filmed himself sexually abusing girls during one-on-one reading sessions was jailed on Tuesday. Nigel Leat was given an indeterminate sentence and told he would serve at least eight-and-a-half years for sexually abusing five girls over the course of five years at Hillside First…

McCain: ‘Of course’ Palin can beat Obama

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has no doubt that his former running mate Sarah Palin can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012 if she decides to run. “Can she win the Republican nomination and can she beat Barack Obama?” Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked McCain Sunday. “Of course she can —…

Northwestern University cancels class after live sex show

CHICAGO — Students at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University won’t be able to take a popular course in human sexuality next year after a professor invited his class to watch a live sex show, officials said Monday. The topic of the day was bondage, swinging and other fetishes. Then, after the…

Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ life story due in 2012

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs will allow best-selling author Walter Isaacson, who chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, to publish his biography next year. The Silicon Valley icon, who has battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer and undertook a liver transplant in 2009, granted exclusive interviews to the biographer over…

Schwarzenegger: Politics and entertainment are very similar

PARIS (Reuters Life!) – To hear Arnold Schwarzenegger explain the unlikely course of his life as an actor and politician, success boils down to two factors: living in theUnited States and being a man of the people. The Austrian-born Schwarzenegger, who came to the United States at the age of 21, started his career as…

US state budgets pitting young against old: Bill Gates

LONG BEACH, California – Microsoft’s billionaire co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday warned that US state politicians are pitting young against old in their heated budget battles. Politicians are dooming the young by using obvious gimmicks to avoid dealing with soaring pension and health care costs for state employees, Gates said…

Hundreds of liberal activists pledge to oppose Obama in 2012

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of liberal organizers and anti-war activists have signed a petition pledging to oppose President Barack Obama’s renomination in 2012 unless he reverses course in Afghanistan and pushes for significant cuts to military spending. “We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in…

UK confirms protesters ‘made contact’ with duchess

LONDON – Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed on Sunday that rioters who surrounded Prince Charles’ car during violent student protests made physical contact with his wife Camilla. A mob of demonstrators who joined in Thursday’s protest against the hike in university tuition fees surrounded the car carrying the heir…

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