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  • How a NYC taxi driver allegedly dodged $28,000 in tolls
    How a NYC taxi driver allegedly dodged $28,000 in tolls

    If true, the taxi driver could face up to seven years in prison after skipping out on an estimated $28,000 in tolls.

  • 4-Year-Old Receives Star Wars-Themed Funeral As His Final, 'Unique' Wish
    4-Year-Old Receives Star Wars-Themed Funeral As His Final, 'Unique' Wish

    A 4-year-old who died from an inoperable brain tumor received his final request earlier this month: a Star Wars-themed funeral. Jack Robinson of Hampshire, England, passed away on April 1. According to The News in Portsmouth, the 4-year-old was diagnosed with the tumor in January. When doctors gave him only a 5 percent chance of surviving, friends and family banded together to help grant some of the boy's final wishes. Singer and former U.K. "X-Factor" judge Gary Barlow visited Jack in the hospital. The 4-year-old also received a birthday video message from Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor in the BBC TV series "Doctor Who."

  • Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings
    Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

    By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in central and eastern parts of Mexico. At least 127, mostly adobe homes were damaged in Guerrero. Some people in Mexico City fled homes in panic when the quake hit.

  • The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
    The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy

    In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. Still, it’s the new customers who will rapidly make up the majority, even in a traditional oil-and-gas powerhouse like Oklahoma. That’s because the cost of solar power systems has been drastically falling for the last five years. Now, utility firms in Oklahoma say they just want to be compensated for use of their infrastructure.

  • AC/DC rock on without lead guitarist
    AC/DC rock on without lead guitarist

    Australia's pre-eminent hard rock band AC/DC announced Thursday they will carry on making music without ailing guitarist Malcolm Young. "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the group said on their website, without disclosing the nature of his illness. Formed in Australia in 1973 by Malcolm and brother Angus Young, AC/DC is famed for rock anthems "Let There Be Rock", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Highway to Hell".

  • House Republicans Might Pass Immigration Bills After All, Just as They Always Planned
    House Republicans Might Pass Immigration Bills After All, Just as They Always Planned

    Remember earlier this year when House Republicans said they would deal with immigration reform once the primaries were over? Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, House Speaker John Boehner told a group of donors that they'll pass bills addressing the issue this summer. At a fundraiser in Las Vegas last month, Boehner told a gorup that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," as several participants confirmed to the Journal's Laura Meckler. Another member of the House, Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, told a business group in Silicon Valley that he was optimistic about getting something done.

  • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West
    Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

    The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on what it means to be Russian. The authors preparing the document, who are kept secret, believe that such a policy must be based on the thesis that "Russia is not Europe" and generously quote from Putin's speeches. The policy states Russia is at a historical crossroads and must make a choice between cultural extinction or the preservation of its unique "moral and spiritual foundations," which can only be done with a "state culture policy."

  • Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate.

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