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France plans to tackle car-torching New Year’s tradition

In France’s rundown suburbs, it has become as much of a New Year tradition as champagne and fireworks in more affluent neighbourhoods. Every year, the night of December 31-January 1 sees more than 1,000 cars set ablaze across the country in an orgy of vandalism to which the authorities have,…

Harkin blasts fellow Democrats: ‘No deal is better’ than this ‘very bad deal’

As the deadline to stop automatic spending cuts and tax increases trigger nears, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) took to the Senate floor on Monday to decry the current deal, saying “no deal is better” than the one currently on the table. Harkin said he was “disturbed” to read a report…

MI woman released after 11 days in jail for cursing

The Michigan woman released from jail on Friday after being incarcerated for 11 days for cursing inside a county court told WOOD-TV her legal troubles aren’t over. “It wasn’t necessary, it wasn’t even necessary to put me through all this,” LaRue Ford said upon exiting Berrien County Jail. “I know…

President Obama says fiscal cliff deal is ‘within sight’

President Barack Obama made a statement regarding the nearing “fiscal cliff,” saying that a deal is “within sight.” Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Dec. 31. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Candidates from nine countries vie to head World Trade Organization

Nine countries have presented candidates to succeed Pascal Lamy as head of the World Trade Organisation ahead of the deadline Monday. The last candidate was Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s envoy to the WTO, whose name was put forth on Friday. He has been with the world’s trade oversight body since 2008.…

BBC reporter claims to have found Scientologists’ ‘alien space cathedral’

A BBC reporter and longtime rival of the controversial Church of Scientology said he has found and traveled to an “alien space cathedral” it built in rural New Mexico, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail. John Sweeney said he went to the site, allegedly known as Trementina Base,…

Dem rep.: Republicans questioning Clinton concussion think moon landing was staged too

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) says that the Republicans who hyped a conspiracy theory that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faked her concussion to avoid testifying about September attacks in Benghazi were the “same people who said that the moon landing was staged in a Hollywood set.” MSNBC host Richard Lui…

Lighter side: Happy football fan tackles Christmas tree

That’s one way to take down the Christmas tree. Saying, “We do a lot of dumb things when we’re happy,” WRC-TV posted video of a jubilant Washington Redskins fan on Monday, celebrating his team’s win over the rival Dallas Cowboys by jumping headlong into the tree Sunday night. According to…

Coptic Christian church attacked in Libya

Libya’s small Christian community was in shock on Monday after an attack on a Coptic church near the city of Misrata killed two Egyptians and fanned fears of rising extremism. “When we were praying we heard the explosion which struck a side room of the church used for services,” said…

Charlie Sheen blames ‘lisp’ after calling audience ‘f*ggot a**holes’

Actor Charlie Sheen is offering a non-apology apology for a homophobic slur he recently hurled at night club customers and is blaming the entire incident on his “lisp.” At this opening of his new night bar, The Goose, in the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos over the weekend, TMZ…

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