Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more below.
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The trial of three members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot and their subsequent sentencing to two years in prison for performing a song calling for the ouster of Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an impromptu flash concert in Moscow’s largest Orthodox cathedral has garnered a tremendous amount of attention all over the world.
The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney’s Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes
Mitt Romney’s $250 million fortune is largely a black hole: Aside from the meager and vague disclosures he has filed under federal and Massachusetts laws, and the two years of partial tax returns (one filed and another provisional) he has released, there is almost no data on precisely what his vast holdings consist of, or what vehicles he has used to escape taxes on his income.
Social Media & the Olympics
Unofficially, the 2012 London Olympics was referred to as the “Social Media Olympics” or the “Twitter Olympics”.
America trashes 40 percent of its food supply
Americans are throwing away 40 percent of food in the United States, the equivalent of $165 billion in uneaten food each year, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
China’s Graduates Face Glut
China’s labor market has so far proved resilient despite a slowing economy, but that means little to recent college graduates.
Ohio GOP Official’s Racist Remarks: Oops ...
After Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted announced last week that early-voting sites across the state would only be open on weekdays, many felt the restriction would unfairly impact “working people” in general, and minorities in particular.
Teenage Googler Invents Advanced Cancer Test
Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka likes to kayak and watch the US television show Glee. And when time permits, he also likes to do advanced research in one of the most respected cancer laboratories in the world.