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“Jihadi Attack”

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about 4 years ago

“The man accused of killing one soldier and wounding another outside an Arkansas military recruiting center has asked a judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming ties to Al Qaeda. Abdulhakim Muhammad's attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, said Thursday night that his client sent a letter earlier this ...

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Homeo-Skeptics

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Protestors who are skeptical about the efficacy of homeopathic medicines are staging a “mass overdose” in a bid to prove that such treatments are bogus. “In what is being billed as ‘rationalism's Kool-Aid moment’, a mass ‘overdose’ is being planned next week in protest at the marketing of ...

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Tweet Rescue

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Text messages, Tweets and other web postings are assisting rescue workers to locate survivors of the Haitian earthquake still trapped under the rubble. “Relief workers in Haiti received an emergency text message Tuesday about a collapsed school, with children still alive in the rubble. A search-and ...

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Slime Design

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A slimy fungus-like mold has revealed to scientists a means of designing superior computer and telecommunication networks, according to astonished scientists. “What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent ...

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Endangered

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“Scientists from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in the U.S. have calculated that 1.2 million years ago, at a time when our ancestors were spreading through Africa, Europe and Asia, there were probably only around 18,500 individuals capable of breeding (and no more than 26,000). This made ...

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Clinton Rebuffed

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The row over Chinese hackers illegally accessing the emails of human rights activists has escalated to global proportions with high profile officials exchanging a war of words. “Declaring that an attack on one nation’s computer networks ‘can be an attack on all,’ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ...

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Gag Order

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“How does a professional disparager honor a nondisparagement clause? Conan O'Brien is about to find out. Mr. O'Brien and his team are walking away from NBC with a whopping $45 million settlement, but there's a condition: ‘The Tonight Show’ host can't bad-mouth the Peacock Network and its top brass ...

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Quieted Guns

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A gun manufacturer that came under fire from critics for inscribing biblical references onto its rifles has decided to stop putting such references on products used by the military.“Gen. David Petraeus, commander of United States Central Command, said Wednesday -- apparently before learning of the ...

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Scores of Bodies

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Volunteers have recovered scores more corpses in Nigeria’s central Plateau state following violent and religiously motivated clashes which erupted in recent days. “Scores of bodies were picked up from streets, houses and open water wells in Kuru Karama, a village some 30 kilometres (19 miles) south ...

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“Bank Curbs”

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The world’s markets are reeling after French and British politicians have offered cautious backing to a recommendation by President Barack Obama to curb banks’ size and risk-taking.“Obama made his proposals on Thursday, saying he was ready to fight resistance from Wall Street banks he blamed for ...

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The Naked White Obama

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about 4 years ago

With his election to the Senate in a staunchly Democratic state, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has quickly become the Republican Party's presumptive new savior. Even though he is just assuming office, his improbable victory already has people talking about whether he could run for president in four years ...

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CSI: Renaissance Italy

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Who killed Caravaggio? Or what killed Caravaggio? Four hundred years later, who cares? To “celebrate” the 400th anniversary of the demise of the demented genius of the Renaissance, Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage looks to answer these questions once and for all. According to a ...