Archive | December 7th, 2011

UK police arrest man in phone hacking probe

LONDON – British police have arrested an 18th suspect in their investigation into phone hacking by the News of the World tabloid, the Rupert Murdoch-owned U.K. paper shut down earlier this year. The 41-year-old man was held Wednesday on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voice mail messages and pervert the course of justice, London’s Metropolitan [...]

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Death penalty dropped against Mumia Abu-Jamal

PHILADELPHIA – Prosecutors have called off their 30-year battle to execute former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal for murdering a white police officer, putting to an end the racially charged case that became a major battleground in the fight over the death penalty. Flanked by the police Officer Daniel Faulkner’s widow, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams [...]

Egypt military wants to oversee constitution draft

CAIRO – Egypt’s military rulers said Wednesday the next parliament will not be representative enough to independently oversee the drafting of a new constitution, and they will appoint a council to guide the process and protect it from the influence of religious extremists. Egypt just completed the initial stage of the first elections since Hosni [...]

Pope illuminates big Christmas 'tree' via Tablet

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has illuminated a huge Christmas tree lighting display in Umbria by tapping on a tablet computer from the comfort of the Vatican. Benedict brought the “tree” to life Wednesday with a Sony Tablet S, thanks to a wireless connection with the local electric grid. In reality the “tree,” billed [...]

World's richest casino exec opposes online wagers

LAS VEGAS – The world’s richest casino executive says he opposes online gambling because he doesn’t believe available technology is good enough to prevent young people from making wagers on the Internet. A spokesman for Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson said Wednesday that Adelson’s opposition is a personal viewpoint, not a formal stance taken [...]

Police clear Occupy encampment in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – Police gave protesters at San Francisco’s Occupy encampment five minutes to gather belongings before taking down about 100 tents and arresting 70 people as officers dismantled the camp in an overnight raid. About two dozen officers in riot gear remained at daybreak Wednesday, down from more than 100 who carried out the [...]

Swedish police give new details about 2010 bomber

STOCKHOLM – The suicide bomber who blew himself up amid Christmas shoppers in Stockholm a year ago had also rigged a car bomb but failed to set it off with a walkie-talkie, Swedish authorities said Wednesday. New details from the nearly yearlong investigation showed a series of technical glitches prevented Taimour Abdulwahab from inflicting mass [...]

Walking 39 miles in Jesus' shoes

CAPERNAUM, Israel – A new trail across northern Israel offers travelers the chance to walk, or trot, through New Testament sites in the footsteps of Jesus. The newly opened Gospel Trail winds for 39 miles(62.7 kilometers), heading south from Nazareth, across gentle green hills, through Jewish and Arab towns and down to Capernaum, the fishing [...]

Spanish Football Summaries

GRANADA, Spain – Summary of the suspended match from the 13th round of the Spanish league (home team listed first): Granada: Guillherme Siqueira (54), Carlos Martins (58). Mallorca: Victor (23), Tomer Hemed (67). Halftime: 0-1. Attendance: 0 (played behind closed doors).

RIM forced to change name of software

TORONTO – BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion has been forced to change the name of its new operating system from BBX after the company lost a trademark ruling. The name change is the latest in a string of bad news for the Canadian company. RIM said in a statement Wednesday that “BlackBerry 10″ will be the [...]

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