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Million-dollar diamonds stolen from Basel watch fair

GENEVA – Four diamonds worth millions were stolen on Wednesday from the world’s biggest watch and jewelery fair in the northern Swiss city of Basel, the local prosecutor’s office said. “On Wednesday, 30 March 2011, at around 11:00 am (0900 GMT), one of the as yet still unidentified perpetrators distracted…

GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: Government shutdown could be good for country

Tea party favorite Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Il) thinks that a government shutdown could be just what this country needs. “This is the most serious financial situation I think we’ve had,” Walsh told CBS News’ Nancy Cordes Tuesday. “And so if we need a jolt, if we need the government shutdown…

Magazine editor seeks to reveal identity of forum poster

The editor of a hip hop entertainment magazine and his wife are seeking a court order to disclose the identity of an anonymous online critic. In November and December of 2010, a poster using the name BETonBlack called Jermaine Hall, the editor of Vibe magazine, an “Uncle Tom” for marrying…

‘Who’s going to shoot Obama?’ GOP Rep. asked at town hall

At a recent town hall meeting with constituents, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) fielded a frightening question: “Who’s going to shoot Obama?” That’s not an exact quote from the unnamed questioner, but it is how local reporter Blake Aued scrawled it down. Aued was also able to confirm the wording of…

Angle: Reid supporters ‘staged’ town hall brawl

After a rowdy town hall event descended into incivility as two participants duked it out in the aisles, tea party favorite Sharron Angle, virtually tied in her challenge to Nevada Democrat Harry Reid for his seat in the US Senate, is raising the stakes by accusing Democratic political operatives of…

Rep. Frank faces town hall foe in Mass. primary

Mass. woman chastised by Rep. Frank at town hall meeting now running against him in primary Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s retort was an Internet sensation. Questioned at a town hall last year about the “Nazi policy” of health care reform, Frank told the speaker who made the comment that talking…

Is Glenn Beck’s shtick just a ‘Kids in the Hall’ rip-off?

Glenn Beck’s show on the Fox News Channel may be a joke to a lot of Americans, but it turns out that joke may not be original. A 1994 comedy sketch by Kids in the Hall‘s Dave Foley bears a remarkable resemblance to the Fox News host. In the prescient…

Left-wing Rome politicians drop trousers in budget protest

ROME (AFP) – Around 50 left-wing municipal officials dropped their trousers at Rome’s city hall on Monday to call for the speedy passage of the Italian capital’s 2010 budget. “Alemanno has reduced us to our underwear,” read one protester’s poster, referring to the city’s right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno. “Parks and…

Students leave OH college after threat of ‘mass killing’ of blacks

Several students have withdrawn from an Ohio college after a threat to kill black students was scrawled on a men’s bathroom wall. The FBI has launched a hate crimes investigation into the graffiti threat, which was found in a bathroom at a Hocking College residence hall in Nelsonville, Ohio. Some…

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