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  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Issues Racist Apology for Racist Slur
    BBC's 'Top Gear' Issues Racist Apology for Racist Slur

    The British communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that a pre-scripted bit on the popular BBC TV show Top Gear was racist. Top Gear, one of the most popular television shows in the world, showcases a variety of motor vehicles, and pretty much anything else that goes fast. The sometimes controversial show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Here was part of the executive producer's statement:

  • Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance
    Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.

  • Russian Oligarchs Are Tired of Funding Putin’s Land Grab
    Russian Oligarchs Are Tired of Funding Putin’s Land Grab

    The international community continued to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday for fanning the flames of war in Ukraine. “Leaders agreed that the international community should therefore impose further costs on Russia and specifically that ambassadors from across the EU should agree a strong package of sectorial sanctions as swiftly as possible,” UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced after his country, Germany, Italy and France imposed the new penalties.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the penalties even before they arrived, saying earlier on Monday that Russia would “overcome any difficulties that may arise in certain areas of the economy, and maybe we will become more independent and more confident in our own strength.”  According to multiple reports, Russia has upped the supply of weapons to the rebels.

  • Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel
    Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

  • UBS Strategist: U.S. will be energy independent by 2020
    UBS Strategist: U.S. will be energy independent by 2020

    David Lefkowitz of UBS on why the U.S. energy boom is for real, and how to trade it

  • Republicans Have Lost Control of the Impeachment Plot They Hatched
    Republicans Have Lost Control of the Impeachment Plot They Hatched

    The impeachment debate is another example of fringe conservative ideology hurting the establishment's election chances. House Speaker John Boehner knows that, which is why he said Tuesday that impeachment is a "scam" created by Democrats to motivate their base to vote and donate ahead of the midterm elections, according to the Associated Press. Democrats are fundraising off impeachment, but this conversation was started by Sarah Palin and her fans. Democrats are capitalizing off the idea that House Republicans will try to impeach the president, and even fundraising off comments made by White House officials — last week senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said they take the impeachment threat "very seriously," and soon after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent this email: Now Democrats aren't even pegging their fundraising appeals on Republican threats to impeach Obama.

  • U.S. social media asks: Who is that woman in black?
    U.S. social media asks: Who is that woman in black?

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek. She has been dubbed the "Woman in Black," by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. Raymond Poles told Reuters he is the woman's brother, identifying her as Elizabeth Poles, 56, a U.S. Army veteran, mother of two children and a widow from Motts, Alabama. Elizabeth Poles had been receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals to deal with the deaths of her husband in 2008 and her father in 2009, he said.

  • Russia, U.S. Edge Toward Economic Warfare
    Russia, U.S. Edge Toward Economic Warfare

    Russia and the West appear to be moving ever closer to full economic warfare as U.S. and EU leaders prepare new and harsher sanctions on the Russian economy and Russian lawmakers discuss legislation that would give authorities in Moscow the ability to eject companies from Russia if they are headquartered in “aggressor nations” – defined as countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.  On Tuesday, U.S. and EU officials are expected to finalize a harsh new set of sanctions on Russia. Such a restriction would cover most of Russia’s largest financial institutions. The panel agreed that the company had been driven into bankruptcy by a series of political attacks aimed primarily at its owner, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a key political rival to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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