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Wake ‘Em Up

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“Will the young and hopeful abandon the political playing field to older voters who are angry? That is the quiet crisis confronting President Obama and the Democrats. Left unattended, it could become a formidable obstacle for them in next year's midterm elections,” says E.J Dionne Jr, columnist for ...

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Handy Contraption

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Scientists from Italy and Sweden have developed “the first artificial hand that has feeling”, according to the BBC. The robotic contraption, which resembles something from the TV show the Bionic Woman, has been attached to the arm of a 22-year old man who lost his own hand through cancer. He claims ...

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Housing Crash Crisis

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“Growing numbers of Americans who have lost houses to foreclosure are landing in homeless shelters, according to social service groups and a recent report by a coalition of housing advocates. Only three years ago, foreclosure was rarely a factor in how people became homeless. But among the homeless ...

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Obama’s Dope Policy

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The Obama administration will today issue new policy guidelines “seeking not to arrest marijuana users and suppliers” as long as they conform to state laws. The new approach is specifically aimed at preventing those who use marijuana – known colloquially by a number of names including dope, skunk ...

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Gates Takes on World Hunger

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“[Bill] Gates recently described himself as a ‘city boy,’ but spoke with typical wonkish intensity about wheat rust, marker-assisted selection and finger-millet outputs. ‘The world moved away from a focus on seeds and plant disease in a dangerous way for 20 years,’” he told Michael Gerson of the ...

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Edgy Solar System

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“The edge of the solar system is tied up with a ribbon, astronomers have discovered. The first global map of the solar system reveals that its edge is nothing like what had been predicted. Neutral atoms, which are the only way to image the fringes of the solar system, are densely packed into a ...

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Bully For You

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"Power holders feel they need to be superior and competent. When they don't feel they can show that legitimately, they'll show it by taking people down a notch or two," Nathanael Fast, a social psychologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told the New Scientist. Fast led a ...

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Baby Oh My Baby!

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“A six-month-old baby fell beneath a train as its pushchair rolled off a station platform in Melbourne - but survived with just a bump to its head. The baby's mother let go off the pushchair just as the train came into the station then watched in horror as the pushchair was run over,” according to ...

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Michelle O’Barbie

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“A toy company, Jailbreak Toys, has released a series of action figures based on US President Barack Obama's wife Michelle. Mr Obama was paid the same dubious compliment earlier this year. The six-inch high dolls look remarkably little like Mrs Obama, although in fairness they have got the dresses ...

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Text That, You Creeps!

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A teen forced into his own car by an abductor, whose accomplices followed in another vehicle, was able to surreptitiously foil their kidnap plans by texting his father to tell him what had happened. The five would-be snatchers were busted in a Safeway parking lot near an intersection of 28th Street ...

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Balloon Ruse?

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Gawker claims that “all the naysayers seem to have been right. Little Falcon Heene, who will now forever be immortalized as the balloon boy who sparked a media sensation, appeared on Larry King [last night] and spilled the beans: it was a ruse!” The website claims a “confused” Falcon unwittingly ...

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

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“Why does everyone hate you?” was the bluntly put question asked of President Barack Obama by a fourth-grader named Tyren Scott this week. “They’re supposed to love you,” he continued. The President confidently batted away the inquiry telling the boy to take criticism of him “with a grain of salt ...

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Anachronistic Race Rules

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A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. "I'm not ...