FBI: Thousands of Puerto Ricans victims of ID theft


As many as 12,000 Puerto Rican schoolchildren, teachers and school administrators are believed to be victims of an identity-theft ring that sold stolen personal documents to illegal immigrants in the mainland United States, according to the FBI.

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Obama, Brown call for tough moves against economic crisis

World leaders meeting at the Group of 20 summit "cannot afford half-measures" as they try to hammer out ways to address the global financial crisis, President Obama said Wednesday. Continue reading

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Smokers feeling abused as federal tax hike hits

Larry Jukes said he remembers when he could buy 10 cigarette packs for $2.50. Continue reading

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Crunch-hit tycoon loses bid to cut divorce payout

A British court Wednesday told a business financier he would still have to pay a $13.6 million divorce settlement despite losing a fortune in the credit crunch. It’s April Fools’ Day — when media outlets around the world take a break from the serious business of delivering news and play fast and furious with the facts Continue reading

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A nod and a link: April Fools’ Day pranks abound in the news

If you happen to browse upon a news story that’s too odd to be true Wednesday, hold your outrage and check the calendar. It’s April Fools’ Day — when media outlets around the world take a break from the serious business of delivering news and play fast and furious with the facts. Continue reading

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G-20 Site: "A Cesspool, Bubbling With the Foul Products of Decomposition"

If you were looking for monuments to global trade, you could do worse than the site in east London playing host to the G-20 summit this week. To the south of the ExCel conference center, where the meeting will take place, lie the vast Royal Victoria docks, built on marshland in 1855 to accommodate the biggest ships of the day and boost the city’s capacity for maritime trade. Continue reading

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Protesters always early adopters of technology

Headlines proclaiming that G-20 activists and police are following each others’ activities on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites may give one the impression that a new age of surveillance and political activism has dawned. But activists’ use of technology is nothing new. Though Twitter and Facebook might be today’s must-have gadgets in campaigners’ toolboxes, some say they’re simply the latest chapter in a long tradition of activists’ use of technology to champion change. Continue reading

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Rare dolphins discovered deep in jungle

The Irrawaddy, one of the world’s rarest species of freshwater dolphins, have been found in surprisingly large numbers deep in the waterlogged jungles of Bangladesh. Conservationists thought the Irrawaddy had dwindled in number to just a few hundred, but they have now counted almost 6,000 of them in the Sundarban mangrove forests and the adjacent waters of the Bay of Bengal. The forests of the Sundarban — Bengali for “beautiful forest” — lie at the delta of the Ganges and two other rivers on the Bay of Bengal. Continue reading

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Reports: Shearer set to manage Newcastle United

Alan Shearer is to make his keenly awaited return to Newcastle United in a bid to save the Premiership club from being relegated, UK media have reported. An announcement confirming the appointment is expected from St. James’ Park Wednesday, according to reports Continue reading

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Obama, Brown: G-20 must agree tough new rules for banks

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