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Hugo Chavez’s health still in question as supporters cheer recovery pictures

Images of a smiling but bedridden Hugo Chavez — the first direct proof of life after an almost ten-week absence — cheered supporters of the cancer-stricken Venezuelan president. But analysts say the pictures haven’t settled the fundamental question that has kept Venezuela on edge since Chavez’s fourth round of cancer…

Bay Area stargazers abuzz after spotting meteor overhead

Northern California residents spotted the second meteor over Earth in less than 24 hours Friday night, KGO-TV reported. This meteor, seen just hours after the one that injured more than 1,200 people after crashing to the ground in Russia, did not cause any damage. Astronomer Gerald McKeegan, who works for…

Thousands take to the streets against Spain’s ‘financial genocide’

Thousands of people demonstrated in Spanish cities on Saturday pushing for a new law to end a wave of evictions of homeowners ruined by the economic crisis. Several thousand marched yelling to the din of drums and horns in central Madrid, waving banners reading “Stop evictions” and yelling “We have…

Brazil deploys commandos to quiet crime-ridden southern region

Elite police commando units fanned out on streets of southern Brazil Saturday, in an effort to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks, authorities said. The attacks — allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil’s prisons — have seen buses and private passenger cars torched…

American hacker becomes election watchdog in Ecuador

Kevin Mitnick, who once gained notoriety as America’s most wanted computer hacker, now heads a thriving Internet consultancy tasked with helping keep Sunday’s presidential elections in Ecuador secure. “Eighteen years ago I was busted for hacking. I do the same thing today but with full authorization. How cool is that?”…

Mother of slain inaugural performer demands action from Congress

The mother of Hadiya Pendelton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration has made a PSA demanding action on gun safety from Congress. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendelton joined forces with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to produce the 30-second ad spot.…

NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg: No more automatic jail time for pot possession

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a speech on Thursday that he is eliminating mandatory jail time for people arrested with small amounts of marijuana. Arrests for marijuana possession have skyrocketed since he took office and the mayor has made it plain that he does not support marijuana…

Tim Tebow to speak at anti-LGBT, anti-semitic Dallas church

NFL player and former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is set to appear as a featured speaker at First Baptist Church of Dallas, home to anti-LGBT, antisemitic Pastor Robert Jeffress, who once called President Barack Obama a servant of “the Antichrist.” According to the Daily Mail, Tebow is slated…

Saudi prince urges global unity against ‘terror’ threat

A senior Saudi official told an international conference on security on Saturday that the “terrorist” threat remains and urged global cooperation to combat it. “The danger of terrorism and terrorists still persists and affects several countries,” Prince Turki bin Mohammed al-Saud of the foreign ministry told delegates at the opening…

Maddow blasts ‘space cadet’ Rand Paul’s conspiracy theories

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the mainstreaming of paranoid, right-wing conspiracy theories, and how politicians like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are taking these wild-eyed fantasies off of the Internet and talk radio and bringing them to bear in national politics. She began by discussing…

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