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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Palin Revolution

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about 4 years ago

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says President Obama needs to go to war with Iran to boost his chances of re-election, adding that the US is “ready for another revolution”. “Ms Palin’s comments to Fox News Sunday followed a provocative speech on Saturday to the Tea Party Convention in ...

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"Snowmageddon"

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about 4 years ago

“For those keeping score, this upside-down winter in the U.S. capital region has broken the most unlikely of records – buckled under the latest wallop they call Snowmageddon, the area now has received five times more snow that balmy southern Ontario. And here below the Mason-Dixon Line, where an ...

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NYC 9/11 Trial?

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about 4 years ago

Obama “has not ruled out” a New York federal court trial for 09/11 planner Kalid Sheikh Mohammed, but is considering objections by the city’s mayor and police commissioner. “The Obama administration has come under withering attack, mainly from Republicans, for a decision by his Justice Department to ...

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Amphibian Empire

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about 4 years ago

Toads have "taken over" almost all of the modern world after an ancestral mutation allowed the creatures to thrive under drier conditions that their amphibian peers. “Cane toads are seemingly innocuous enough. First imported to Australia to control a beetle pest of sugarcane fields, they are now ...

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Viktor Victory

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about 4 years ago

Ukraine’s opposition leader and former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych has lived up to his name by claiming victory in eastern European country’s election run-off. “Official results from the Central Election Commission put Yanukovych in the lead with 48.49 per cent over rival Yulia Tymoshenko's 45 ...

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Saintly Triumph

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about 4 years ago

The New Orleans Saints danced as they celebrated trouncing the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 yesterday, marking the team's first ever Super Bowl win in its 43 year history. “At the moment the Saints won the Super Bowl and New Orleans would never be the same, they spilled through the doors of Sidney's ...

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Chinchilla

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Costa Rica has elected Laura Chinchilla as its first female president. The protégé of Nobel peace laureate President Oscar Arias won a landside victory. “Chinchilla, formerly Arias' vice president, has vowed to continue his pro-business policies in the Central American nation, expanding free trade ...

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Deadly Explosion

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about 4 years ago

A massive gas explosion ripped through a Connecticut-based power plant yesterday morning as workers cleaned a piping system, killing at least five and injuring many more. “Homeowners miles away said the explosion, reported shortly after 11 a.m. at the Kleen Energy Systems power plant under ...

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“High Traffic”

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Tourists will be disappointed by that the vertiginous observation deck of the world’s tallest tower has been unexpectedly shut down after just four weeks. “The Burj Khalifa's owner said today that the observation deck of the world's tallest tower has been unexpectedly shut down, potentially ...

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Is Avatar Real?

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about 4 years ago

While "Avatar" remains science-fiction, the fundamental components behind a remote consciousness that drives the film's escapades continue to progress and already have practical uses in medicine. "Now the highest-grossing film ever, 'Avatar,' has captivated millions of viewers with its picturesque ...

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Haiti's Creditors

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about 4 years ago

The Canadian Prime Minister has announced that the G-7 countries will cancel all their bilateral debt with Haiti encouraging other nations like Venezuela and Taiwan to do the same. "Some $1.2bn (£800m) of Haiti's debts to countries and international lending bodies has already been cancelled. 'We are ...

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Love Science

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about 4 years ago

Online dating companies are getting more technical in their match-making abilities including matching couples based on genetic markers of the immune systems. "If finding true love were an exact science, we wouldn’t need matchmakers, singles bars or, of course, online dating services. Like job ...

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Money Maker

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about 4 years ago

Speaking at the closing of the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Sarah Palin was likely happier to take her hundred grand speaking fee than boost her 2012 chances, says Bloomberg News. "Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama’s first year in office by saying 'the list of broken promises is ...

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Scott-Heron, Come Out!

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about 4 years ago

Anticipating a new album fifteen years after his last release, Gil Scott-Heron gives an interview to The Guardian recalling Rikers Island and his white English fans. "'People keep saying I disappeared,' the singer tells me, laughing heartily, when I speak to him. 'Well, that's a gift I didn't know I ...

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A Muddy Mess

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A ten-ton boulder that diverted drainage off a mountain side sent mudslides through an L.A. neighborhood evacuating 500 homes and entering 43. "An unexpectedly powerful rainstorm unleashed a torrent of mud that inundated more than 40 houses Saturday, leaving La Cañada Flintridge's northernmost ...