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CIA website down again after second ‘Anonymous’ attack

A website for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) appeared down again on Monday, just days after it was taken offline by a distributed denial-of-service attack allegedly launched by unknown members of the hacker group “Anonymous.” The site was down last Friday and remained offline all day before returning over…

Republicans trying to unring the bell

Steve Kornacki has a good horse race summary taking the temperature of Mitt Romney’s campaign. Diagnosis: not good. While Romney basically can’t lose, barring some kind of weird delegate wrangling that I suppose is always possible but seems unlikely, the knocks he’s taking are leaving him in poor fighting condition…

Florida man goes on crime spree in underpants

Authorities in Florida know Jason Daniel Wayo as the “South Gate Burglar,” but they could start calling him the “Underpants Burglar” after his arrest over the weekend. On Saturday, Fox 13 cameras caught Wayo, 34, as he was handcuffed and marched out of a residence by Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies…

Missouri spends foreclosure settlement money on budget gaps

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) announced last week that his state would use some of the money from the bank foreclosure fraud settlement for purposes other instead of helping struggling homeowners in the state. According to The Kansas City Star, Nixon said that $40 million of the $196 million that…

New Jersey Senate approves same sex marriage

New Jersey state senators voted Monday to approve a bill that would extend the right to marry to same sex couples, sending the bill to the Assembly at-large for final approval. The vote was 24-16 in favor of legalizing same sex marriage, although Governor Chris Christie (R) has promised a…

Pastor’s daughter accidentally shot in head at Florida church

The daughter of a pastor is in critical condition after being accidentally shot in the back of the head at a church in Florida. Pastor Tim Kelley announced on Grace Connection Church’s Facebook page on Sunday that the prognosis for his daughter, 20-year-old Hannah Grace Kelley, was not good. “Please…

Climate change cited as shark attacks ‘double’

Sharks killed twice as many swimmers and surfers last year than in 2010, with the increase due largely to a growth in tourism and changing shark patterns due to global warming. There were 12 deaths in 46 shark attacks in 2011, a mortality rate of more than 25 percent compared to an average…

Obama unveils ‘fair shot’ election-year budget

President Barack Obama Monday proposed a $3.8 trillion budget brimming with populist tax hikes on the rich and jobs spending designed to outmaneuver Republicans as he takes aim at reelection. But Obama’s possible Republican foe in November, Mitt Romney, slammed the document, which foresees a fourth consecutive year of budget deficits over $1 trillion, as…

Protest succeeds: Apple seeks audit of Chinese labor conditions

Technology giant Apple, Inc. said Monday it was asking the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate working conditions at Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn, essentially caving to the demands of protesters who delivered over 250,000 petition signatures to the company last week. Foxconn, which hires over 1 million Chinese workers, has…

Colorado medical marijuana grower sentenced to six years

A Colorado medical marijuana grower was sentenced to six years in Illinois state prison after he was caught with a shipment of 42 pounds of marijuana in Chicago. Former Chicago mortgage broker Ryan Bailey had moved to Colorado as a part of the “green rush” of young entrepreneurs going west…

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