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Burial set for WWII airman missing since 1944

Lorna Bird Snyder in this undated photo, flies the POW MIA flag to honor her uncle, Vernal Bird, who was a World War II pilot in Papua New Guinea when his A-40 light bomber disappeared in the high mountains, in Springville, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Only a sole surviving sibling has a distant memory of a World War II pilot whose recently identified remains will be buried Saturday with full military honors in Utah.


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Strike hits Amplats South African mines

File photo of trucks leaving an AMPLATS processing plant near RustenburgBy Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Fewer than one in five workers turned up for work at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats) South African platinum mines around the city of Rustenburg, it said on Friday, in protest against planned job cuts. Amplats – part of global mining group Anglo American and the world’s No. 1 producer of the precious metal – said last month it would cut 4,800 jobs, laying off 3,300 workers and paying off the rest. …


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Killer hornets claim at least 19 lives in China province

At least 19 people have been stung to death by hornets — which may include the world’s largest hornet species Vespa mandarinia — in China’s central Shaanxi province in the last three months, according to the city government of Ankang, the apparent ep…

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Russian court order activists held over Arctic oil protest

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court ordered 20 Greenpeace activists from around the world to be held in custody for two months pending further investigation over a protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, drawing condemnat…

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Google introduces new ‘Hummingbird’ search algorithm

Singhal, senior vice president of search at Google, introduces the new 'Hummingbird' search algorithm at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaMENLO PARK, California (Reuters) – Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet’s dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it has been getting from Web users. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, told reporters on Thursday that the company launched its latest “Hummingbird” algorithm about a month ago and that it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google. Google is trying to keep pace with the evolution of Internet usage. …


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Pakistan blocks first gay website

Pakistan, ranked by the Pew Research Center as one of the least tolerant countries in the world for gays, has pulled the plug on its only online resource for the Muslim nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

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Facebook and Twitter too late for China’s Internet

A man works on his computer inside a coffee shop in downtown ShanghaiBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter face a daunting task in China, if access to their social networks is unblocked, as they would be up against deeply entrenched domestic rivals which cater to local needs and tastes. Years of isolated growth means China’s sophisticated social media companies, including Tencent Holdings, Sina Inc and Renren Inc, won’t be too worried if Facebook and Twitter prise open the door to China’s 591 million Internet users, the world’s biggest online population. …


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U.S. judge boosts Google ‘fair use’ defense of digital books

A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in TorontoBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday appeared to favor Google Inc’s legal defense of its digital books project, which could imperil efforts by authors seeking to block it. Google, based in Mountain View, California, has scanned more than 20 million books since its 2004 agreement with libraries worldwide to digitize books. The Authors Guild and groups representing photographers and graphic artists say the project amounts to massive copyright infringement. Google argues the practice constitutes fair use, an exception under U.S. …