Monthly Archives: October 2014

Oil trades at $80. Russia is budgeting $100

Oil trades at $80. Russia is budgeting $100

Vladimir Putin’s math is looking fuzzy. Russia’s budget is based on oil trading for $100 a barrel, government documents reveal. Finance minister Anton Siluanov calls that an “alternative economic reality.” Oil currently trades around $80 a barrel. Siluanov warned that ...

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Judge dismisses ex-dictator Manuel Noriega's 'Call of Duty' lawsuit

Judge dismisses ex-dictator Manuel Noriega's 'Call of Duty' lawsuit

A California judge has dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega‘s lawsuit against the creators of the “Call of Duty” video game franchise. “This court concludes that Noriega’s right of publicity is outweighed by defendants’ First Amendment right to free expression,” ...

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Vanuatu vendors asked to stop crabs from biting people

Vanuatu vendors asked to stop crabs from biting people

All vendors who sell live crabs in Vanuatu’s Port Vila, are being asked to tie their crabs securely on the table, and place them away from the reach of little children. Port Vila’s Market House Management made the call after ...

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China catches 2,440 cheating students in high-tech scam

China catches 2,440 cheating students in high-tech scam

Full marks for ingenuity. Some 2,440 Chinese students taking a national exam have been caught using high-tech cheating gear that wouldn’t be out of place in a spy film. According to state media, invigilators detected abnormal radio signals that were ...

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Saipan power cut blamed on 18-inch rat

Saipan power cut blamed on 18-inch rat

A Saipan-wide power blackout over the weekend is being blamed on an 18-inch rat. All of Saipan was without power for three hours early on Saturday morning. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation says an 18-inch rodent caused a short and arc ...

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Surprise! Twitter is not Facebook

Surprise! Twitter is not Facebook

Remember how much fun the World Cup was this summer? Unfortunately for Twitter, there isn’t a global soccer football tournament every quarter. Shares of Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) plunged 10% Tuesday after the company reported sluggish user growth. It also said ...

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Lava flow close to Hawaii homes

Lava flow close to Hawaii homes

A stream of lava on Hawaii’s Big Island has crossed onto a residential property, where it is threatening to consume it’s first home. The slow-moving flow from the continuously erupting Kilauea volcano has been advancing on the town of Pahoa ...

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Lava flow inches closer to homes in Hawaiian community

Lava flow inches closer to homes in Hawaiian community

With a mixture of resignation and dread, residents here are watching this gray-and-orange advance, this 2,000-degree river of molten rock. Each passing hour, lava from Kilauea Volcano is inching closer to their homes in Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island. The ...

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Student shoots and kills teacher in Estonia

Student shoots and kills teacher in Estonia

A 15-year-old student shot and killed a teacher inside a classroom in southern Estonia on Monday, police said. There were four other students inside the classroom, but no one was injured, police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson said. Investigators are working to ...

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