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Flights rerouted as massive solar storm slams Earth

WASHINGTON — Solar radiation from a massive sun storm — the largest in nearly a decade — collided with the Earth’s atmosphere, prompting an airline to reroute flights and skywatchers to seek out spectacular light displays. US carrier Delta Air Lines said it had adjusted flight routes for transpolar journeys…

NYPD played anti-Muslim movie ‘on continuous loop’ at training

The New York Police Department showed an anti-Muslim film “on a continuous loop” for between three months and one year of training at its COBRA (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological) Unit, which provides terrorism awareness training. According to the New York Times, the documentary The Third Jihad showed Muslim terrorists…

WATCH LIVE: Obama delivers State of the Union, Gov. Daniels responds

Watch streaming video of President Barack Obama delivering the State of the Union address to the United States Congress and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Republican rebuttal. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

New York police officer pleads guilty in civil rights case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City police officer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that he violated an African-American man’s civil rights by arresting him on false charges. Michael Daragjati, an eight-year veteran of the New York Police Department, was later heard using a racial slur to…

Obama’s unfulfilled State of the Union goals

President Barack Obama’s previous State of the Union speeches have pushed passage of such hallmark initiatives as the stimulus bill, health-care reform, the drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays. But some big ideas from previous SOTU addresses…

Texas sues Justice Dept. to speed implementation of voter ID law

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, claiming the agency has delayed the approval of a voter ID law. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department or a federal court is required to pre-clear laws affecting voters…

Gay groups angry Kansas anti-sodomy law remains on books

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – Gay rights groups are outraged that a Kansas state law banning sex between people of the same gender was left off statutes Governor Sam Brownback wants to repeal, even though the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 ruled such a Texas law unconstitutional. Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma…

Kucinich: Corporations can legally buy elections

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Tuesday called for Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. “One of the biggest stumbling blocks to America’s economic recovery is corporations can legally buy elections and then influence…

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom denied bail in New Zealand

AUCKLAND — Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was denied bail in a New Zealand court Wednesday and remanded in custody until February 22 as US authorities seek his extradition on allegations of massive copyright theft. Judge David McNaughton declined a bail application from Dotcom, who has been in custody since police…

Los Angeles forces porn actors to wear condoms

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law Tuesday an ordinance requiring porn actors to use condoms, a measure welcomed by AIDS campaigners. City lawmakers voted in favor of the law earlier this month, in the latest move in a battle between AIDS activists and the California-based…

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