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Sick bird study could point to bird flu clues

House finches avoid sick members of their own species, scientists said in a finding that could be useful for tracking the spread of diseases like bird flu that also affects humans. Laboratory tests showed that the house finch, a particularly social North American species, was able to tell the difference…

Fiji leader says constitution boss wants to hijack reforms

Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama has accused the academic charged with drafting the Pacific nation’s new constitution of “hijacking” the reform process and overstepping his role. But Bainimarama, who seized power in a 2006 coup, denied harassing Constitutional Commission chairman Yash Ghai and called on the Kenyan scholar to consider…

Re-elected President Barack Obama praises Romney in powerful victory speech

President Barack Obama was at his rhetorical best after being re-elected early Wednesday morning, praising and promising to meet with Mitt Romney, the defeated Republican challenger. “I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for…

Election most tweeted event in US political history

Election day in the United States became the most tweeted about event in US political history Tuesday with enthusiastic netizens firing off 20 million poll-related tweets, the social network said. Americans flocked to Twitter and other platforms all day in a massive social media burst, posting photographic proof they had…

Ari Fleischer: Republican Party will never embrace LGBT and women’s rights

After a stinging election night defeat, President George W. Bush’s former White House secretary still says that the Republican Party will never support LGBT rights and reproductive rights for women. “The big issue that Republicans are going to have to wrestle with is the Hispanic issue,” Ari Fleischer explained after…

Washington state votes to legalize marijuana

Washington voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 502, a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. As of 10:00 p.m. PST, the ballot initiative was up 55.45 percent to 44.55 percent. Initiative 502 legalized the production and sale of marijuana in Washington state through state-licensed stores. Under the law, the Washington State Liquor Control…

Latinos challenge Arpaio’s projected reelection victory

While Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio was projected to win his sixth term in Arizona’s Maricopa County, a Latino advocacy group challenged the results Tuesday night. “The fight is still not over,” Promise Action in Arizona deputy field director Tomas Robles told VOXXI.com. “There are almost half a million people whose…

WATCH LIVE: President Barack Obama’s reelection acceptance speech

Watch live as President Barack Obama accepts his reelection to the presidency, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

WATCH LIVE: Mitt Romney’s concession speech

Watch Mitt Romney’s concession speech live: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Record number of women likely to serve in next Senate

As polls closed across the country Tuesday night, it appeared as though women would wind up holding a record high number of seats in the next Senate, based on projections of the 2012 elections. By midnight eastern time, three female candidates had been predicted as winners of their contests, enough…

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