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Beatles hits finally become mobile phone ringtones

Hits from The Beatles have finally joined the chorus of ringtones available for mobile phones. Catchy 30-second snippets from more than two dozen of the famed 1960s British rock band’s top tunes are available exclusively at Apple’s online iTunes shop, a message said Wednesday on official website thebeatles.com. “Fans around…

‘Terrifying explosions’ in Syria’s Homs

Syrian regime forces pounded rebel districts of the flashpoint central city of Homs for a 20th straight day on Thursday, a watchdog said, as activists spoke of “terrifying explosions”. The neighbourhood of “Baba Amr, as well as parts of Inshaat have been shelled since 07:00 am (0500 GMT), while mortar…

Alleged WikiLeaks source Manning to be charged

Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of leaking a trove of secret military and diplomatic documents to the WikiLeaks website, was to be formally charged in a military court on Thursday. The 24-year-old will be charged with 22 counts — the most serious being aiding the enemy — in a…

Rare Shepherd’s beaked whale caught on film for first time

Australian researchers Thursday revealed they had filmed a pod of extremely rare Shepherd’s beaked whales for the first time ever. The Australian Antarctic Division team was tracking blue whales off the coast of Victoria state last month when they spotted the reclusive mammals, which are so rarely seen that no…

Faulty wire error blamed for ‘faster-than-light’ particles

WASHINGTON — A European experiment that in September showed particles moving faster than the speed of light has been exposed as a mistake due to a faulty wire connection, the US journal Science said Wednesday. “A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame,” said…

Britain probes sex-selective abortion claims

LONDON — The British government on Thursday vowed to investigate newspaper reports that doctors illegally approved abortions that were requested due to the sex of the unborn child. Thursday’s Daily Telegraph claimed that it had hidden camera footage which showed doctors at British clinics offering to falsify paperwork in order…

Jon Stewart rips Republican fear-mongering over Obama: ‘You have lost your d*mn mind’

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lampooned Republican politicians who demonized President Barack Obama in 2008 as a radical socialist who was weak on terrorism. He noted Obama had failed to live up to many of the campaign promises that his opponents made for him,…

GOP debate audience boos contraception

On Wednesday, contraception became the latest topic to raise the ire of conservative debate goers. During a CNN-sponsored Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the crowd booed wildly at the mention of birth control. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used the opportunity to attack the moderators as he had done in…

NOW President O’Neill: Abortion ultrasound bills are ‘ritual humiliation laws’

National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neill said Wednesday that laws requiring women to view an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy were “ritual humiliation laws.” Lawmakers in Virginia on Wednesday approved a controversial bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Similar legislation, which requires women to…

Dan Savage ‘freaked out’ by Santorum surge

Gay activist and sex columnist Dan Savage told Mother Jones in a recent interview that he was “freaked out” by the rise of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. National polls have found the staunch social conservative surging ahead of longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney. In early February, he came in first…

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