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Big cruise lines post crime data online

MIAMI — For the first time, the three largest U.S.-based cruise lines on Thursday began posting on their websites more comprehensive data about allegations of serious crimes committed aboard ships. The disclosures were made voluntarily but come amid growing pressure from Congress and crime victims for greater accuracy about crime at sea.

Mexican city fines concert $8,000 on drug ballads

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities seeking to ban drug ballads known as “narco-corridos” have levied one of their stiffest punishments yet against the music, fining concert promoters 100,000 pesos (almost $8,000) for a weekend performance in the northern city of Chihuahua.

High court won’t delay release of California inmates

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year’s end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they’re forced to open the prison gates.

Miss. law requires cord blood from some teen moms

If a girl younger than 16 gives birth and won’t name the father, a new Mississippi law — likely the first of its kind in the country — says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity as a step toward prosecuting statutory rape cases.

 
Global travel warning: US cites al-Qaida threat

The United States issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans Friday about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world for the weekend.

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FDA defining what “gluten free” means on packages

After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets.

Google-funded Falkor begins mission to Pacific Ocean ‘dead zone’

SAN FRANCISCO — A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a “dead zone” in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea.

What the…? $50k gets you a night in an inflatable, pop-up room

For a limited time, a Denver hotel is offering a package with a one-night stay in a pop-up, inflatable room that rises 22 feet in the air, thanks to a scissor lift on top of the van on which it sits. The cost, however, may be prohibitve.

Brees takeout tip controversy spurs gratuity debate

A nationwide tipping debate has been set off after a photo of a $3 tip left at a California restaurant by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was posted to the Internet earlier this week.

 
Former Ohio captive Michelle Knight says she knew she’d escape

CLEVELAND — Free and safe, one of three women kidnapped and raped over a decade in a ramshackle home smiled lightly as her tormentor was led out of court in chains, a method he had used to control them.

 
Lawyer: NSA leaker Snowden has place to live in Russia

MOSCOW — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has a place to live in Russia after being granted temporary asylum, but he still hasn’t decided what he wants to do next, his lawyer said Friday. The big question may be how much choice he actually has.

Playboy, Penthouse get the ax at military store

Playboy, Penthouse and other sex-themed magazines will no longer be sold at Army and Air Force exchanges – a move described by the stores’ operators as a business decision based on falling sales, and not a result of recent pressure from anti-pornography activists.

Study: Hotter temperatures lead to hotter tempers

As the world gets warmer, people are more likely to get hot under the collar, scientists say. A massive new study finds that aggressive acts like committing violent crimes and waging war become more likely with each added degree.