Workplace Protections for Gays Advance in US Senate

CAPITOL HILL — A bill to protect homosexual and trans-gendered Americans from workplace discrimination has cleared an initial hurdle in the U.S. Senate, and is expected to be approved in the coming days. Continue reading

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New Car Sales: Fuel Efficiency Boosts Demand

A drive for greater fuel efficiency is among the reasons for the latest rise in new car sales, enjoying a 20th consecutive month of growth in October. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said it was now expecting registrations during 2013 to reach a six-year high after 157,314 new cars were sold last month – a 4% rise on October last year. Continue reading

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Web Traffic, Glitches Slow Obamacare Launch

NEW YORK — Blank boxes where security questions are supposed to appear. Pleas to ‘be patient.’ Error messages galore. Notices that ‘the system is busy right now.’ Web pages timing out before they load. Garbled lines of text riddled with stray question marks.

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Franchitti fractures spine in Indy crash

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti suffered a horrifying crash during the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday leaving the 40-year-old Briton in hospital with concussion, a spinal fracture and a broken ankle. Continue reading

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From Riva, a Lamborghini-powered pleasure craft

Yep, this bonkers one-off 700hp boat (with 12 twin Weber carburetors) has been recommissioned. Dutch specialist Riva-World, which spent three years reworking it based on drawings and photographs borrowed from the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum, Italy, undertook the work.

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Twitter Unveils IPO Filing; Aims to Raise $1 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter will seek to raise $1 billion in the largest Silicon Valley IPO since Facebook’s 2012 coming-out party, according to an IPO filing made public on Thursday.

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Ephemeral street art in Paris

It’s being described as a veritable open-air museum. A ten-storey building in a low-income housing district of eastern Paris has been temporarily given a new lease of life. Continue reading

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Michelle Obama’s ID details hacked from data brokers

Hackers stole millions of social security numbers by cracking open the networks of large US data brokers, reveals an investigation. Continue reading

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Rare White African Lion Cubs Born in S. Korean Zoo

Officials at South Korea’s Everland zoo park displayed for the first time Tuesday two rare newborn white lions in the city of Yongin.

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Payday Lenders Facing Unlimited Fines

Tougher controls on payday lenders could see unlimited fines for companies which break the rules amid claims some are even lending to children. Continue reading

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