ITALY: SAD. SO SAD.


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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been found guilty of having sex with an underage prostitute and of abuse of power, a judge in Milan said today.

The case centers on an exotic dancer nicknamed “Ruby the heart-stealer.”

A panel of judges sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from holding public office. Berlusconi can appeal.

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SCOTUS LIMITS IT’S RULE ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION


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The Supreme Court side-stepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies, ruling Monday on the criteria at the University of Texas and whether it violates the equal protection rights of some white applicants.

The justices threw the case back to the lower courts for further review.

The court affirmed the use of race in the admissions process, but makes it harder for institutions to use such policies to achieve diversity. The 7-1 decision from the court avoids the larger constitutional issues.

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Supermoon Looms Large: The Year’s Biggest Full Moon Rises


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The moon reached its closest point in its orbit this weekend during a full moon, giving rise to the “supermoon,” appearing 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. While the supermoon is mythically associated with werewolves and strange natural phenomena, really it’s just a good reason to gaze skyward. If you missed it, the next one will pop up in August 2014.

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Twinkies’ Triumphant Return


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Rejoice! The cream-filled sponge cakes better known as Twinkies will be back in stores on July 15. To celebrate the snacks’ return, die-hard fans can sign up for the countdown on Twinkies’ website and receive an e-mail alert when the golden day arrives.

Twinkies’ maker Hostess filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after a heated battle with union workers. Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management bought the brand for $410 million in March. In a happy turn of events, now all of the brand’s favorites — including the cupcakes, Donettes and Ding Dongs — will be making what Hostess dubs “the sweetest comeback in the history of ever.”

(MORE: Top 10 Iconic Junk Foods)

When nostalgic fans first received the sad news last year that their childhood snack would cease to exist, bidding wars broke out on auction sites for the remaining boxes of Twinkies. According to the

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SCOTUS WILL REVIEW RECESS APPOINTMENTS


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President Obama’s recess appointments to a federal agency — made without Senate confirmation — will be reviewed by the Supreme Court, a major constitutional test of executive power.

At issue is the appointment of three people to the National Labor Relations Board.

The case sets up a high-stakes Supreme Court fight. Oral arguments will be held in public session later this year or early next.

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Laser-Etched Fruit Labels Will Make Stickers Obsolete


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Earlier this month, the European Union approved new regulations regarding the sale of fruit, now allowing food products to be lasered with the required codes instead of affixing a sticker. The Telegraph reports that with the recent authorization, laser-etched fruit could make its way to European fruit stands as early as June 23.

(PHOTOS: Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible)

To etch the fruit, iron oxides and hydroxides are used to enhance the contrast of the lasered parts of the fruit to make them more noticeable to the human eye. Previously, the chemicals were not allowed under European law.

According to the Grocer, supporters of the measure praise its efficiency:

Lasering would also bring considerable cost advantages and environmental savings for retailers and suppliers as it would negate the need for the paper, ink and glue typically used to add information and branding to produce.

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“3 Latin American nations have reasons to aid Snowden”


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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00 am

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BOGOTA, Colombia The three Latin American countries said to be helping Edward Snowden flee from American authorities are united in their opposition to the Obama administration and pursue foreign policy objectives designed to counter U.S. influence.

As Snowden, the intelligence contractor who disclosed documents about U.S. surveillance programs, arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on Sunday, Russian media reported that he was booked on a flight to the Cuban capital of Havana, and from there on to Caracas, Venezuela.

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“Flight to Cuba for Which Snowden Booked Departs”


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By MAX SEDDON Associated Press
MOSCOW June 23, 2013 (AP)

A plane took off from Moscow Monday headed for Cuba, but the seat booked by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was empty, and there was no sign of him elsewhere on board.

An Aeroflot representative who wouldn’t give her name told The Associated Press that Snowden wasn’t on flight SU150 to Havana. AP reporters on the flight couldn’t him.

The Interfax news agency also quoted an unidentified Russian security source in Moscow as saying that Snowden wasn’t on the plane.

The airline said earlier Snowden registered for the flight using his U.S. passport, which American officials say has been annulled.

Snowden arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Hong Kong, where he had been hiding for several weeks to evade U.S. justice. Ecuador is considering Snowden’s asylum application.

After spending a night in Moscow’s airport, the former National Security Agency contractor — and admitted leaker of state secrets — had been expected to fly to Cuba and Venezuela en route to possible asylum in Ecuador.

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“Transgender 6-year-old wins civil rights case to use girls’ bathroom”


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By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News

Brennan Linsley / AP file With her face reflected in a mirror, Coy Mathis, left, a transgender girl, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, at their home in Fountain, Colo., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Coy's parents are suing the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 after she was denied access to a girl's bathroom at her elementary school.

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With her face reflected in a mirror, Coy Mathis, left, a transgender girl, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, at their home in Fountain, Colo., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Coy’s parents are suing the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 after she was denied access to a girl’s bathroom at her elementary school.

A transgender 6-year-old who identifies as a female should be allowed to use the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school even though she was born a male, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled on Sunday

In a decision being hailed as a major victory by advocates for transgender Americans, the division concluded that the Fountain-Fort Carson School District created an unnecessarily hostile situation for Coy Mathis when it made the female bathroom off limits.

By not allowing Coy to use the girls’ restroom, the school “creates an environment rife with harassment,” Steven Chavez, the division director, wrote in the decision.

The school district, about 15 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colo., also showed “a lack of understanding of the complexity of transgender issues” by referring to Coy as a male or using quotes around “her” throughout the litigation, Chavez wrote.

The school district could not be reached for comment on the ruling Sunday.

Coy was born a male, but began at an early age to identify as a girl through toys and dress and started calling herself a girl between the ages of 4 and 6, according to the summary of the division’s ruling.

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Before Snowden: Other Fugitives Who Have Gone on the Lam from the Feds


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NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden boarded a flight to Moscow early Sunday morning, which all but secured the former CIA employee’s status as a fugitive on the run. He fled his Hong Kong hideout and has now asked Ecuador for asylum. And it seems Snowden has got the notorious whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on his side — in a statement, the organization said he was taking a “safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.” But of course, Snowden’s not the first fugitive who’s trotted the globe in a high-profile attempt to flee the feds.

First, there’s Marc Rich, the international businessman and financier who, in 1983, was indicted for evading more than $48 million in taxes. As TIME reported previously, Rich faced 51 different counts of tax fraud and was also charged with running illegal oil deals during the Iran hostage crisis…

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