Archive | October, 2011

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Cat-napped UK love triangle kitten

LONDON – A kitten that disappeared after becoming caught up in a British political love triangle a year ago has been found alive, well and fully grown. Christine Hemming, estranged wife of Liberal Democrat legislator John Hemming, was sentenced to community service last week for taking tabby kitten Beauty from the house of her husband’s [...]

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Pete Townshend brands iTunes a 'digital vampire'

LONDON – The Who’s Pete Townshend says Apple Inc.’s iTunes is a “digital vampire” that profits from music without supporting the artists who create it. Townshend says that faced with the Internet’s demolition of copyright protection, iTunes should help artists by giving space to allow them to stream their music, and pay smaller artists directly [...]

Stocks slump on worries about US broker, Europe

NEW YORK – U.S. stocks have ended October with steep losses. Investors are worried about the collapse of the brokerage MF Global and missing details in Europe’s plan to contain the Greek debt crisis. Despite the losses Monday, the S&P 500 index still had its best month since December 1991. Bank stocks fell after MF [...]

Crime authors competing for UK morgue honor

LONDON – It will be the world’s most literary mortuary. Ten leading crime writers are competing for the honor of having a morgue named after them. Scotland’s University of Dundee said Monday it will name its new morgue and research facility after whichever writer gets the most votes in an online poll and fundraising effort. [...]

Russian tenor Nikolai Baskov wants to conquer US

NEW YORK – Over the past decade, Nikolai Baskov has emerged as one of the biggest selling recording artists in Russia. He’s a favorite of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and his performances, with dramatic lighting and dazzling showmanship, are becoming legendary there and in Europe. Now, the rest of the world may be in [...]

Treasury projects borrowing of $305 billion

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department is seeking to borrow $305 billion in the current quarter through December and announced plans to borrow $541 billion in the first three months of next year. The first quarter amount would be the second highest borrowing on record. The latest estimate of borrowing plans for the October-December quarter is [...]

Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral stepping down

LONDON – The Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral has become the second high-profile clergy member to step down over anti-capitalist protests that have spilled across the historic church’s grounds. The resignation Monday of Graeme Knowles leaves the cathedral without a leader and will delay a planned legal action to evict the protest camp. Knowles said [...]

'Massive' smuggling ring dismantled in US

PHOENIX – Authorities have dismantled a “massive” drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than $33 million worth of drugs through the U.S. state of Arizona’s western desert each month in recent years, officials said Monday. The ring is believed be tied to the Sinaloa cartel ? Mexico’s most powerful ? and its members smuggled [...]

German firm fires model for praising Gadhafis

BERLIN – A German company has canceled a major advertising contract with an Italian-American model after she described her passionate relationship with Moammar Gadhafi’s son Muatassim and praised his family. Telecommunications firm Telefonica Germany and its subsidiary Alice will stop working with 23-year-old model Vanessa Hessler and remove her face from its website within hours, [...]

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