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Fmr. Reagan official: Health care ‘broccoli mandates’ argument is ‘totally bogus’

A former Solicitor General appointed by President Ronald Reagan says that the conservative argument that the heath care reform law would eventually allow the government to force people to eat broccoli is “totally bogus.” Florida’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi and others have insisted (PDF) that if the Affordable Care…

Santorum calls reporter’s question ‘bulls–t’

An angry Rick Santorum lashed out at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny after a campaign rally in Wisconsin Sunday evening, calling the paper’s story on him “bullshit.” The former Pennsylvania senator’s temper was fueled when Zelany asked him for clarification about a line attacking Mitt Romney in his speech.…

Filmmaker James Cameron tweets from deepest point on earth

Filmmaker James Cameron, famed for his cinematic hits Titanic and Avatar, has achieved another historic first, becoming one of just a few people to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, and the first to do so alone. The filmmaker, who is also a National Geographic explorer, reached the deepest…

Ahmadinejad tirade on Afghanistan prompts U.S. walkout

A US delegation walked out of a conference in Tajikistan Monday during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lambasting US policy on Afghanistan as the source of all the nation’s troubles. Ahmadinejad launched his new tirade against Washington at the meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe attended by leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours as well…

Supreme Court set for key health overhaul hearing

Amid anticipation akin to a major sports event, the US Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Monday on President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform, a case with huge implications for the nation and 2012 elections. The nine justices of America’s highest court meet for an unprecedented three days of arguments on different aspects of…

Japan court orders Google to halt auto-complete

A Japanese court has ordered search giant Google to suspend its auto-complete function because it breaches one man’s privacy, his lawyer said. Tokyo District Court approved a petition by the man, who claimed typing his name into the search engine generated a suggestion linking him to crimes he did not commit, lawyer Hiroyuki Tomitatold media Sunday.…

Tibetan protester sets himself ablaze in New Delhi

A Tibetan exile set himself on fire and suffered extreme burns as he ran down a street in New Delhi on Monday to protest against an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao. The 27-year-old, identified by fellow protesters as Janphel Yeshi, carried out his attempted self-immolation in Jantar Mantar, a city centre venue…

Gunman in Afghan army uniform kills two NATO troops

A man in Afghan army uniform shot dead two NATO soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Monday, raising to 13 the number of foreign troops to die in a series of such killings this year. Almost one in seven of the 90 foreign soldiers to have died in Afghanistan this year has been killed in…

‘Titanic’ director dives to Earth’s deepest point

“Titanic” director James Cameron returned to the surface Monday after a solo submarine dive to the deepest point in the world’s oceans that was hailed as the ultimate test of “man and his machine”. Cameron plunged about seven miles (11 kilometers) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, where temperatures…

Too much or too little sleep linked to heart problems: study

People who sleep less than six hours per night or more than eight are more likely to suffer heart problems than people who sleep between six and eight hours, according to a US study. The findings confirm those in previous, smaller studies, but are based on what researchers described as…

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