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May 23, 2015

Eiffel Tower closes as staff strike over pickpockets

A strike closed the Eiffel Tower for most of Friday as staff demanded more help to deal with pickpockets operating around the Paris landmark, tower officials and unions said. “There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now facing an ...

Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in a box

May 22, 2015

Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in a box

A Missouri woman who escaped captivity from a wooden box three weeks ago was found dead in a home on Thursday, along with her teenage son, and police are searching for the man suspected both of locking her up and killing her. Officers found ...

May 20, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014. The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted ...

FTC accuses four U.S. cancer 'sham charities' of $187 million fraud

May 20, 2015

FTC accuses four U.S. cancer 'sham charities' of $187 million fraud

Four organizations claiming to help cancer patients allegedly siphoned off more than $187 million to pay for lavish salaries, luxury vacations and other goods in what could be one of the largest cases of U.S. charity fraud, authorities said Tuesday. The U.S. Federal Trade ...

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

May 19, 2015

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ban police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that U.S. law enforcement has become too militarized. After controversy over the policing of high-profile protests in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, ...