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This Day in History: 1982 - Judge halts ‘obscenity’ trial

Charges of gross indecency brought by Mary Whitehouse against a National Theatre director ended today after intervention by the Attorney-General - with both sides claiming ... Full story

Offbeat: Jack Daniel’s opposes changing US whiskey law

If it isn’t fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and ... Full story

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CHINA Malaysia’s handling of the lost Malaysia Airlines plane is irritating China and Beijing has demanded Malaysia do more to find the missing jetliner. But ... Full story

UKRAINE: Crimea votes on whether to secede

The Crimean region voted on Sunday about whether to demand greater autonomy from Ukraine or split off and seek to join Russia, in a referendum ... Full story

This Day in History: 1957 - BEA withdraws Viscount aircraft

British European Airways have withdrawn their fleet of Viscount 701s from service after one of them crashed at Manchester. Twenty-two people died when a BEA ... Full story

Offbeat: Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day

The Chicago River was glowing a bright emerald green Saturday as the city kicked off its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.Thousands of cheering onlookers clustered along ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Panasonic compensates employees for bad China air

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp. is compensating employees for living with air pollution in China. The payment for what the company described as the "PM2.5 ... Full story

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CHINA Police yesterday took away a veteran activist who runs a rights monitoring website, and seized his computers and mobile phones, the campaigner's mother said. ... Full story

USA: Crews scour rubble after NYC gas explosion kills 7 

Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies yesterday from the rubble of two New York City apartment buildings, ... Full story

UKRAINE: Merkel joins Obama in pressuring Putin over Crimea

The U.S. and Germany stepped up pressure on Russia to back down from plans to annex Crimea from Ukraine after the region holds a referendum ... Full story

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