March 5, 2014 |
Dismayed at how German authorities have handled a ballyhooed seizure of suspected Nazi-looted art, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from New York City is suing them for the return of a painting he says was stolen in the late 1930s from his great uncle in Germany. David Toren's suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria have "perpetuate[d] the persecution of Nazi victims" by not expeditiously returning artworks they seized in 2012 from Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of an art expert who was known for acquiring looted art for Adolf Hitler.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday publicly mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin's justification for sending troops into Ukraine, contending that Putin's claim that Russia is protecting Russians isn't "fooling anybody. " Russia may have legitimate interests in what happens in a neighboring state, Obama said, but “that does not give it the right to use force as a means of exerting influence inside of that state.” “We have said that if in fact there is any evidence out there that Russian speakers or Russian natives or Russian nationals are in any way being threatened, there are ways of dealing with that through international mechanisms,” Obama said.
March 3, 2014 |
There are a lot of really unfriendly consumer contracts out there. But the absurdly worded terms and conditions for AT&T Mobile Insurance, the company's coverage for wireless devices, take corporate meanness to a whole new level. Marianna Yarovskaya thought she was being smart when she recently purchased AT&T's insurance to safeguard the new iPhone 5S she bought before an overseas trip. "With AT&T Mobile Insurance," the company's website says, "you can protect your investment and get a replacement device quickly to keep you connected.
February 28, 2014 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian army doctor's recent announcement that the country's military had developed devices that could detect HIV and cure AIDS and hepatitis C has caused a furor of disbelief rather than praise. The physician, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdul Atti, said last week that 22 years of studies that were endorsed by Egypt's intelligence service as a "secret project" reached findings that would "revolutionize" the process of curing viruses. The announcement at a news conference was accompanied by a short video that showed patients connected to machines.
February 27, 2014 |
In Barack Obama's first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president and former professor of constitutional law promised to make sweeping changes in the way government operated in a number of specific areas. But has he kept his pledges? Let's consider four of them: Ending torture On his first day in office, Obama ordered an end to the practice of torture, or as the George W. Bush administration preferred to call it, "enhanced interrogation techniques.
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February 25, 2014 |
A San Francisco woman says she was attacked at a bar after refusing to stop wearing Google Glass. It all started out as a friendly exchange among lookie-loos at Molotov's for tech writer Sarah Slocum, who posted about the alleged attack on her Facebook page. Patron's were initially curious, asking for demonstrations of the computer-in-eyewear, which G oogle sees as a new way to effortlessly connect people with information. The technology has yet to hit the mass consumer market.
February 23, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - California farmers markets want to get tough with interlopers who don't sell what they grow. They're backing a bill to crack down on vendors who falsely claim to offer pesticide-free or locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. "Californians are fortunate to have the highest concentration of farmers markets in the nation," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). The bill, AB 1871, he said, would "increase consumer protections and accountability at our certified farmers markets, protect local farmers and help this growing sector of the economy continue to thrive.
February 20, 2014 |
Northwestern doesn't profit from its football team. In fact, the program actually loses money for the university. That's what Steven Green, chief financial officer for the athletics department, said Thursday while on the stand at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago to determine whether or not Northwestern football players should be allowed to unionize. A day earlier, Southern Utah University sports economist David Berri had testified on behalf of the newly formed College Athletes Players Assn., which is pushing the unionization bid with support from United Steelworkers.
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February 20, 2014 |
The young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist in Pennsylvania, and who has claimed to have killed more than 20 others, including a victim in L.A., has been met with more skepticism than belief as authorities work to verify her story. Miranda Barbour's father says she is a manipulative liar. Her mother says she just wants to be left alone . And claiming she carried out the killings as part of a satanic cult, a high priest of the Church of Satan issued a statement, saying, "I find it difficult to believe that a 'killer cult' of any sort could be in operation before being noticed and their murderous members captured and prosecuted.
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February 19, 2014 |
Authorities in Pennsylvania say they have yet to substantiate claims by a young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist that she had more than 20 other victims, including one in L.A. "There has been no verification of any of the information that has been the subject of media coverage," Timberland County Dist. Atty. Toni Rosini said in a prepared statement Tuesday carried by the Associated Press . Miranda Barbour, 19, claims include that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the current homicide in Pennsylvania with which she is charged.