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Clinton backs Saudi women’s right to drive

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind a campaign by Saudi women to lift a ban on female driving in the ultra conservative, oil-rich kingdom. “What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right,” Clinton said,…

Playboy Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old fiancee changes mind about marriage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Heartbroken Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said on Tuesday his wedding this weekend was canceled because his 25-year-old fiancee, a Playmate from his magazine, changed her mind. Hefner, 85, and Crystal Harris were due to tie the knot in front of more than 300 guests at the…

Willie Nelson’s Teapot Party backs Republican Gary Johnson for president

The Teapot Party, founded by country singer and activist Willie Nelson, has officially endorsed former New Mexico governor and current Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson. “I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such an iconic entertainer, philanthropist, innovator and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson,” Johnson said…

Facebook leaked personal data to advertisers

SAN FRANCISCO — US computer security firm Symantec on Tuesday said that Facebook accidentally left a door open for advertisers to access profiles, pictures, chat and other private data at the social network. Symantec discovered that certain Facebook applications leaked tokens that act essentially as “spare keys” for accessing profiles,…

Spanish judge drops Bush admin torture probe, draws fire in U.S.

The Center for Constitutional Rights excoriated a Spanish judge’s dismissal Wednesday of a request to investigate six top former Bush administration officials over crafting a legal basis for torture. Judge Eloy Velasco declared in his four-page ruling tossing out the case that the United States had informed Spain that it…

CIA faces reduced role in Pakistan after murder row

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful spy agency appears to have gained the most from a CIA contractor’s release, by forcing the U.S. agency to recognize its importance to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, and curtailing American activities in Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted CIA contractor Raymond Davis, 36,…

Toyota Recalls 200,000 SUVs over tire monitoring issue

DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp on Saturday recalled about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because of tire-deflation monitoring systems that may fail, regulators said. Toyota Sequoia, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles from model years 2008-2011 may have tire deflation monitoring systems that fail to…

Obama joins forces with Jeb Bush on education

MIAMI (AFP) – In a case of strange political bedfellows, US President Barack Obama and Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, shared a stage in Florida to push for education reform on Friday. Bush, the former governor of the Sunshine State, teamed up with Obama at a school…

Mike Huckabee likens abortion to slavery

WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) compared abortion to slavery at an anti-abortion fundraiser, according to the University of Tennessee’s Daily Beacon. Huckabee, a top contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said abortion shouldn’t be a states rights issue, as that would be like making slavery a…

Dems: Obama broke pledge to force banks to help homeowners

Before he took office, President Obama repeatedly promised voters and Democrats in Congress that he’d fight for changes to bankruptcy laws to help homeowners—a tough approach that would force banks to modify mortgages. “I will change our bankruptcy laws to make it easier for families to stay in their homes,”…

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