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The Economist backs Obama, ‘the devil we know’

The Economist, the respected weekly current affairs magazine, on Thursday said it was backing US President Barack Obama for re-election, although with less enthusiasm than four years ago. The London-based publication said in its leader that while the United States faced a tougher decision and a more negative campaign than…

Amsterdam’s mayor: cannabis cafes will remain open for tourists

Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops will remain open for business with foreign thrill-seekers despite the new government’s plan to restrict sales to locals only, the mayor said Thursday. In an interview with the leftist Volkskrant, Eberhard van der Laan said the city’s 220 coffee shops will continue to sell pot to…

Fox contributor in bear suit steals kids’ Halloween candy to make ‘point’ about Obama

Showing up at a children’s Halloween party in a bear costume and filming yourself stealing kids’ candy is probably never a good way to win a political argument, but try telling that to conservative blogger and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder. In a video published to YouTube on Tuesday, Crowder…

Attempt to cross U.S. border with car ramp fails

Hapless immigrants who tried a novel way of entering the United States — by driving a car over the US-Mexico border fence on makeshift ramps — failed when the vehicle got stuck on top. Two people fled back into Mexico after US border guards spotted the bold attempt to scale…

Yemen’s ‘swap marriages’ can end in disaster, murder

The deal is simple: I marry your sister and you marry mine. No dowry necessary. But if one marriage fails, the other must end as well. Such is Sheghar, or swap marriage, a widely practised tradition in impoverished Yemen. Beyond tying the knot between two people, it links the future…

Watch live: Ryan campaigns in Colorado

Paul Ryan holds a campaign rally in Greeley, Colorado. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Nov. 1. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Watch live: Romney holds campaign rally in Virginia

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney holds a campaign rally in Doswell, Va. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Nov. 1. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Fox Business reporter: ‘Mars wobbles’ could be causing climate change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sanday, a Fox Business stocks editor is pushing back on the notion that the super storm could have been caused by man-made climate change and suggests that it could have been related to “solar flares” or “Mars wobbles.” Fox Business host Stuart Varney, who is…

California teacher-backed Prop 30 fights off millionaire-backed Prop 38

Next week Californians will quite literally vote on the future of education funding in the state. Backed by California Gov. Jerry Brown and supported by California teachers unions, Proposition 30 would increase taxes on the wealthiest Californians and increase sales taxes by a quarter of a cent for four years…

U.S. military prepares for ‘zombie apocalypse’

A counterterrorism summit staged a mock “zombie apocalypse” for the U.S. military — and they didn’t cut any corners. “We’re going to have a lady with a baby and umbilical cord hanging out, some people have intestines in them, hanging eyeballs, broken arms, a little bit of everything,” one woman…

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