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Japan nuclear plant on fault line may be next Fukushima, says geologist

Japan’s only working nuclear power plant sits on what may be a seismic fault in the earth’s crust, a geologist has warned, saying it is “very silly” to allow it to continue operating. Mitsuhisa Watanabe says the earth’s plates could move under the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, causing…

Woman sues park ranger for alleged transphobic tazing

A California woman filed a lawsuit against both the U.S. and a Bureau of Land Management ranger she said tazed her twice because she used to be a man. According to KGTV-TV, Brooke Fantelli’s lawsuit (PDF) names both “the United States of America” and the ranger, identified only as “J.…

Gary Johnson: Romney’s social agenda scared people

During a Sunday appearance on Fox News, former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said it wasn’t his fault that Mitt Romney lost the election. The former New Mexico governor disappointingly explained that he didn’t get enough votes to swing the election in favor of either Obama or Romney. Johnson received…

Brewer backtracks after saying immigration reform is ‘fine and dandy’

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is walking back comments from the Republican governor, that it was “fine and dandy” to work on comprehensive immigration reform before the border was secured. In an interview with KPNX that aired on Sunday, host Brahm Resnik told Brewer that both House Speaker John Boehner…

Veteran’s lost symphony sees the stage after nearly 70 years

Almost seven decades ago, a young Harold Van Heuvelen, found himself with considerable free time from his teaching job at a U.S. Army officer candidate school, after the end of World War II. “They said we can do anything we wanted to,” Van Heuvelen, now 93 years old and a…

Schumer: I’m working with Graham on immigration plan

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday he is working with a Republican counterpart, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on a four-point immigration plan they believe will bring their respective parties to a consensus on the issue. “We are resuming the talks that were broken off two years ago,” Schumer told…

U.S. military court hears chilling testimony of Afghan civilian massacre

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — Holding back tears, 15-year-old Rafiullah described how his grandmother wrestled with a uniformed gunman who put a pistol in his sister’s mouth. In the end, he added, the man shot all three of them, one by one. Rafiullah’s account is part of chilling testimony linked…

Atmospheric CO2 risks increasing space junk: study

PARIS — A build-up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk and resulting in more collisions, scientists said on Sunday. While it causes warming on Earth, CO2 conversely cools down the atmosphere and contracts its outermost layer, the…

China’s endangered pandas face bamboo shortage threat

PARIS — Their numbers already threatened by a slow breeding rate and rapid habitat loss, China’s endangered giant pandas now also risk losing their staple food, bamboo, to climate change, a report said Sunday. A study in China’s northwestern Qinling Mountains, home to around 270 pandas — about a fifth…

Obama hails end of ‘decade of war’ on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama marked Veterans Day Sunday by celebrating the fact that America’s painful decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to a close. Under glorious autumn sunshine, Obama placed a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in memory of all Americans who died while serving…

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