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Mourners Say Final Farewell to Betty Ford

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Family, friends and admirers have said a final farewell to former U.S. first lady Betty Ford, who died last week at the age of 93. Mrs. Ford, an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and those battling addiction, was memorialized Thursday in the Michigan church where she married Gerald Ford more than six decades ago. Former […]

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US Man Charged With Inciting Terrorism

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. man has been charged with using a website to “promote violent jihad” and posting instructions on how to make a bomb. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday 22-year-old Emerson Begolly moderates the popular Ansar al-Mujahideen English Forum. In a statement, officials accused Begolly of placing a number of postings in the last year, […]

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Europe Seized $1.4 Billion in Counterfeit Goods Last Year

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Commission says the continent’s customs officials last year seized more than 100 million pieces of fake goods that could have earned about $1.4 billion if sold as authentic products. In an annual report issued Thursday, the European Union’s executive body says China was the source of 85 percent of the fakes. Substantial quantities […]

Airstrikes Kill 6 Islamist Militants in Southern Yemen

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni security officials say airstrikes on Islamist militants in the southern province of Abyan have killed at least six fighters. The airstrikes took place before dawn Thursday, hitting a police station taken over by militants earlier this year in the town of Mudiya. Dozens of Islamist fighters rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded […]

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South Sudan Becomes 193rd United Nations Member

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The national flag of newly independent South Sudan went up outside the United Nations on Thursday, shortly after becoming the world body’s 193rd member. Hundreds of diplomats gathered outside U.N. headquarters in New York to see the flag being raised for the first time after the U.N. General Assembly admitted the country by acclamation. U.N. […]

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Pentagon: Foreign Spies Stole 24,000 Classified Documents

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department has revealed a foreign government accessed 24,000 classified files in a cyberattack earlier this year, highlighting the need for its newly unveiled strategy to counter cyberthreats. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said Thursday the attack in March was just one of a number of security breaches to U.S. defense computer networks. […]

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Italian Police Seize Cocaine, Make Arrests in Drug Bust

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian authorities have seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in a crackdown on international drug trafficking, linked to a southern Italian crime organization. Police said Thursday they arrested about 10 suspected members of the crime syndicate ‘Ndrangheta in various locations across Italy. Police allege that the notorious clan, based in the southern Calabria region, has […]

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Mexico Discovers Largest Ever Marijuana Plantation

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s military says it has stumbled upon the largest marijuana plantation ever found in the country. General Alfonso Duarte said Thursday soldiers on patrol had discovered the 120-hectare field in the desert state of Baja California, which borders the United States. Duarte said dozens of men were tending to the plants, which had grown nearly […]

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US Starts Investigation on Whether 9/11 Victims’ Phones Were Hacked

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has opened an investigation into whether the phones of victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks and their families were hacked into by media baron Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Law enforcement sources said Thursday the FBI will look into whether employees at Murdoch’s media firm illegally tried to […]

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Oil Prices Dive

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Thursday: Crude oil prices slid more than $2 to settle at $95.69 a barrel. Prices plunged after the chairman of the Federal Reserve said U.S. central bank was in no rush to pump more money into the struggling U.S. economy. Coffee prices […]

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