Venezuela confirms defection of former security agent to U.S. | Reuters

(Reuters) – Venezuelan officials confirmed on Tuesday the defection of a former bodyguard of Socialist Party heavyweight Diosdado Cabello but denied media reports his evidence to U.S. investigators implicated the powerful official in running a drug ring. Spanish newspaper ABC and Miami-based El Nuevo Herald reported Cabello’s former security chief …

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2015 with 336 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Swedish scientist and philosopher …

Chilean lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill’s passage as “a breakthrough that we are proud …

Quote of the Day

“One of the reasons for this almost universal condemnation of ‘Leviathan’ has to do with the general situation today in Russia. A great many people feel that they are being unfairly criticized, ostracized, dissed by the Western world and that they have to protect themselves.” ~VLADIMIR POSNER, a Russian journalist, …

Celeb birthdays for Jan. 29, 2015

Actress Katharine Ross is 75. Actor Tom Selleck is 70. Singer Bettye LaVette is 69. Actor Marc Singer is 67. Actress Ann Jillian is 65. Drummer Louie Perez of Los Lobos is 62. Singer Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band is 62. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is 61. Country singer …