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Gov. Chafee tells O’Reilly after Christmas rant: Fox News people ‘too angry’

On his show Thursday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continued to insist that Christianity was not a religion, despite the protestations of “crazy website people” and leftists. “These people are so stupid it is painful,” O’Reilly said. “Christianity is a philosophy. You don’t have to believe Jesus is God…

White House threatens NDAA veto over Guantanamo provisions

In an official statement released Thursday, the White House said it would veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 if it passed in its current form. The White House “strongly objected” to provisions of the annual defense spending bill that would limit the administration’s ability to move terrorism…

Syria shuts off internet access across the country

Two US-based internet-monitoring companies say Syria has shut off the internet nationwide. A blog post on Renesys, a US company which tracks internet traffic worldwide, said that at 12.26pm in Damascus, Syria’s international internet connectivity shut down completely. Akamai Technologies also confirmed a complete outage. The Syrian government has previously…

Beastie Boys call for sampling lawsuit to be dismissed

The Beastie Boys have called for the dismissal of a lawsuit charging that they illegally sampled material on their first two albums. The rappers deny there is any “substantial similarity” between the tracks on Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique and the songs they sampled by the go-go band Trouble…

U.S. says Palestine statehood creates ‘obstacles’ to peace

The United States warned Thursday that a UN vote granting Palestine observer state status would create “obstacles” to peace between the Palestinians and Washington’s close ally Israel. “Today’s unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path to peace,” the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told…

Canadian woman in largest U.S. eco-terrorism case surrenders

LOS ANGELES — A Canadian women wanted over the “largest eco-terrorism case” in US history surrendered Thursday, after a decade on the run for a series of arson attacks starting in the 1990s, investigators said. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, handed herself in to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation…

CNN’s Howard Kurtz: Tom Ricks showed Fox News is ‘thin-skinned’

Howard Kurtz, the host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, said Thursday that Fox News signaled it was “thin-skinned” by abruptly ending an interview with military expert Tom Ricks. “I don’t think Tom Ricks planned anything, but he did take quite a provocative swipe at Fox News,” Kurtz explained. “The reason this…

Man arrested after approaching Romney at White House

WASHINGTON — US Secret Service officers arrested a man who became “combative” Thursday after approaching a motorcade carrying defeated Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney to the White House. The incident happened as Romney arrived at a security checkpoint before entering the White House complex for his first meeting with…

Ecuadoran villagers drag Chevron to Canadian court

TORONTO — A 19-year court battle that resulted in a staggering US$18.3-billion judgment from an Ecuadoran court against Chevron last year moved to Canada on Thursday as the plaintiffs seek to collect. Ecuadoran villagers who brought the original lawsuit over decades of oil pollution in the Amazon are asking an…

Most Americans and Canadians favor marijuana legalization

OTTAWA — A majority of Americans and Canadians want marijuana legalized, saying cannabis should be readily available for those who want to use it, according to a survey released Thursday. The Angus Reid online survey of 2,007 people in the two countries found that 57 percent of Canadians and 54…

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