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With no degree and little expertise, Wisconsin Governor’s appointee pulls in big bucks

It’s good to be born to people who know people. That’s largely the perception many Wisconinites are taking away from this weekend’s revelation that the son of a major political donor to Republican Governor Scott Walker landed a very well-heeled post in the state’s Department of Commerce with apparent ease.…

Baker jailed after ‘rat bread’ plot crumbles

A South Korean court Tuesday passed an 18-month prison term on a baker who posted a doctored photo of a loaf containing a dead rat in an attempt to taint the reputation of a rival shop. The 35-year-old baker, using an alias, had claimed on a popular website that he…

US shop’s Valentine’s offer: sex toys for guns

WASHINGTON – A shop in the US state of Alabama on Tuesday launched a Valentine’s Day offer it hopes will trigger a large response in a limp economy: customers can swap their guns for sex toys. “In today’s economy, this is a way of helping people who may feel they…

Jury finds bikini barista owner guilty of too much skin

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The naked truth is that in one Washington State city, it just got more difficult to serve coffee with a side of bare skin. A jury in Yakima on Friday found the owner of the Dreamgirls Expresso stand guilty of violating the city’s indecent exposure ordinance for…

Amsterdam is done. Where will potheads turn now?

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — Learning to grow their own weed or finding a dealer: French and Belgian potheads are seeking alternatives to the famous Dutch coffee shop as The Hague plans to cut off drug tourists. Incensed by the “nuisance” caused by millions of people crossing its borders each year to…

Microsoft fights Apple claim to ‘App Store’ name

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is fighting rival Apple’s claim that it has dibs on the name “App Store,” arguing the term is generic and can be used by any shop selling programs for gadgets such as smartphones. Microsoft has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple’s request…

Granny fined $1,500, electronically tagged for selling goldfish to child

LONDON (AFP) – A British grandmother was heavily fined and electronically tagged for selling a goldfish to a child, triggering criticism Wednesday of over-zealous use of animal protection laws. Pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, was fined 1,000 pounds (1,500 dollars, 1,120 euros) also given a dusk-to-dawn curfew for selling…

RNC spent lavishly at Reagan Museum shop, liquor store

“Show people tend to treat their finances like their dentistry,” Dick Cavett once said. “They assume the man handling it knows what he is doing.” Unfortunately for RNC chairman Michael Steele, very few Republicans are probably thinking that about him this week. The RNC was revealed by The Daily Caller…

Rescuers pull man alive from Haiti shop rubble

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Rescuers have pulled a 23-year-old man alive from the rubble of a fruit and vegetable shop in Haiti, 11 days after an earthquake crumbled the capital city.…

Pizza shop heckler: Bush Sr. a ‘murderous, Zionist piece of shit’

For a man whose son became one of the most polarizing, controversial and even hated figures in U.S. history, a mouthful of pizza may not be worth a mouthful of profanity. At an unidentified pizza shop visited by George H.W. Bush recently, one of the customers decided to give the…

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