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Depressed NZ man cooks and eats his own finger

A depressed New Zealander cut off a finger, cooked it with vegetables and then ate it in a rare case of self-cannibalism, according to a report in the Australasian Psychiatry publication. The 28-year-old man had not taken drugs or alcohol at the time, the report authors, forensic psychiatrist Erik Monasterio and clinical…

MySpace may trim down to win suitors

SAN FRANCISCO – Reports surfaced on Friday that faded social networking star MySpace may cut more staff to be attractive to suitors. A Wall Street Journal report cited unnamed sources as indicating News Corp. might make MySpace leaner for potential buyers including music video service Vevo, China-based Internet company Tencent,…

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei detained, staff says

BEIJING – Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained on Sunday as he tried to board a flight for Hong Kong and police later raided his studio outside Beijing, Twitter postings by his staff said. The move comes just days after Ai, one of China’s best-known artists, announced plans for…

UK palace staff lift lid on royal wedding preparations

LONDON (Reuters) – Staff at Buckingham Palace have lifted the lid on preparations forPrince William’s wedding next month, giving an insight into what guests can expect and the amount of work needed to make it a success. From cooks and hospitality planners to cloakroom attendants, employees at Queen Elizabeth’s London residence are finalizing plans…

Biden staff apologizes for keeping reporter in closet

Vice President Joe Biden’s communication team had to make an unusual apology last week for forcing a reporter to stay in closet. During a fundraiser at the Florida home of Alan Ginsburg, Biden’s staff escorted Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers to a closet and asked him to stay there. “Turns…

Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker ‘selectively leaking emails’

Union leaders have accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker of selectively releasing emails to make him seem more willing to negotiate with his opponents. The governor released emails between his staff and Democratic state Senators to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other news outlets on Tuesday. The emails appeared to show…

FDA staff question dosing for Novartis lung drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators will ask outside experts if the higher of two proposed doses of a Novartis AG drug is needed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, documents released on Friday said. A key question for outside advisers who meet next week is “whether the second higher dose of…

Daley tells critics Obama is ‘pro-business’

WASHINGTON — White Hose chief of staff William Daley on Wednesday fired back at critics of the administration’s economic policies, calling his boss a “pro-business president.” “President Barack Obama has always believed that America succeeds when business succeeds,” Daley, a former commerce secretary respected by corporate America, wrote in an…

Gulf states ‘anxious’ over uprisings: US military

ABU DHABI – Recent popular revolts in the Arab world are a source of “anxiety” for Gulf states who must now find a way forward in a time of change, US Admiral Mike Mullen said on Tuesday. “There’s certainly anxiety and at the same time great focus on how to…

Shockwaves from Libya hit Italian business

MILAN – Shockwaves from the unrest in Libya on Monday hit its former colonial overlord Italy — a top foreign investor in Libya and a country in which the North African state has also invested billions. Libya’s sovereign wealth fund and veteran ruler Moamer Kadhafi’s family own stakes in Italy’s…

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