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Britain’s St. Paul’s Cathedral May Reopen Despite Protests

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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St.Paul’s Cathedral in Britain says it could re-open to the public, despite a protest camp outside the London landmark. The Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Reverend Graeme Knowles, made the announcement Wednesday, saying the cathedral could re-open by Friday after “Occupy London Stock Exchange” protesters made changes in the layout of the tent city to […]

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Chicago Museum Wins Annual “Best Restroom” Contest

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A natural history museum in Chicago, Illinois has won the designation of “America’s Best Restroom” for its sleek design, eco-friendly facilities, and ability to handle the needs of 3,500 visitors per day. The online poll held by a business-supply company invited Internet users to nominate public restrooms across the nation. The men’s and women’s restrooms […]

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Moody’s Downgrades 12 British Banks

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit ratings of 12 British banks over concerns that the government will not provide adequate support to the institutions if they become financially troubled. The credit rating firm said Friday that the downgrades were caused by a “reassessment of the support environment in the U.K..” It said recent government […]

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Natural Disasters Cost Insurance Giant

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London has suffered its largest ever first half loss due to claims from recent earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. Lloyd’s says the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, the Australian floods and U.S. tornadoes cost the company more in the first half of 2011 than it paid in claims for all of […]

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US Legislators Boost Pressure to Sell Taiwan US Fighters

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:04 am (UTC-5)
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Pressure is building in the U.S. Congress to force the Obama administration to sell new fighter jets to Taiwan. Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and John Cornyn of Texas introduced the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act this week. The bill says President Barack Obama must adhere to “obligations” under a 1979 law that requires the […]

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Djokovic Wins His 1st US Open

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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World’s top tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his first U.S. Open title Monday evening after beating defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 in the men’s final at Flushing Meadows in New York. Djokovic, who produced a masterful display of tactics and precision in windy conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium, […]

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Body of Legendary Australian Outlaw Positively Identified

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Australian scientists have identified the headless remains of the notorious 19th century criminal Ned Kelly, putting to rest a 130-year-old mystery surrounding his whereabouts. Analysts at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine used a DNA sample from one of Kelly’s descendants to identify his remains from among dozens of skeletons buried in a mass grave. […]

Body of Legendary Australian Outlaw Positively Identified

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Australian scientists have identified the headless remains of the notorious 19th century criminal Ned Kelly, putting to rest a 130-year-old mystery surrounding his whereabouts. Analysts at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine used a DNA sample from one of Kelly’s descendants to identify his remains from among dozens of skeletons buried in a mass grave. […]

Standard & Poor’s President To Leave at Year’s End

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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The president of Standard & Poor’s, the credit ratings company that downgraded the U.S. credit rating, is stepping down. S & P’s parent company, McGraw Hill, announced that Deven Sharma will be replaced by current Citibank Chief Operating Officer Douglas Peterson. Peterson will take control on September 12 while Sharma will stay on as an […]

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Barack Obama’s Half-Brother Pitches Book in Shanghai

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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The half-brother of U.S. President Barack Obama is promoting a semi-autobiographical novel at a book fair in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai this week. Mark Ndesandjo’s novel, “Nairobi to Shenzhen,” is the tale of a man born in Kenya to an abusive father, written in diary form. Ndesandjo is a resident of the southern […]

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