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Sens. Sanders and Warren hold hearing on how income inequality literally kills people

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) held a hearing on Wednesday to investigate how the growing disparity between the rich and the poor impacts mortality and health. Watch video below:…

People magazine crowns ‘Maroon 5′ frontman Adam Levine ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Tattooed ‘Maroon 5′ frontman Adam Levine has been named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” the magazine revealed late Tuesday. “As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table,” Levine, 34, told People. “I was just amazed and…

Bitcoin value jumps after mostly positive Senate hearing

Call it a speculative bubble or the rise of a currency of the future: the bitcoin jumped in value Tuesday after US authorities appeared to give the virtual money their blessing. The electronic currency that is suspected of being used for illicit transactions on the Internet reached a value of…

George W. Bush: I’m ‘not too worried’ about how history will judge me

In an appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” former President George W. Bush told Leno that he isn’t particularly concerned about what history will make of his legacy and that right now he is happy concentrating on his painting. Bush said that he made a conscious decision over…

Voters soundly reject Albuquerque abortion limits in near-record turnout

Voters in Albuquerque overwhelmingly rejected a measure Tuesday that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks. With record-breaking turnout for a special election, the nation’s first citywide measure to limit abortions fell by about 55 percent to 47 percent. More than 87,000 voters, roughly a quarter the city’s 360,000 registered…

Bill Maher to O’Donnell: Christians have it all wrong, lots of atheists love Christmas

Bill Maher stopped by Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show “The Last Word” on Tuesday night to discuss the current civil war in the Republican Party and the further misadventures of half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). The two men began the segment by discussing Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, whose struggles with…

Texas cops force drivers off the road to give DNA to federal contractors

Police in Fort Worth, Texas apologized this week after officers forced drivers off the road so federal contractors could test their saliva, blood and breath tested for a study on driving while impaired. Kim Cope contacted KXAS after she was pulled over because she said it “just doesn’t seem right…

Ancient humans interbred with Neanderthals and mystery species in ‘Lord of the Rings’ world

Ancient humans interbred with Neanderthals, Denisovans and a mystery species that may have originated in Africa and migrated to Asia, paleontologists said this week. Improved genome sequencing from two extinct human relatives suggests the forerunners to modern humans intermingled with one another more extensively than was previously known. Ancient genomes,…

Church of England backs women bishops in principle

The Church of England’s national assembly on Wednesday gave strong backing to the principle of allowing women to serve as bishops. The General Synod voted 378 to eight in favour of the move, clearing the way for a possible vote next year which could bring the measure into Church legislation.…

Congress to honor Native American ‘code talkers’ who helped beat WWII Germany

Native American “code talkers” who used their indigenous languages to keep critical military secrets from World War II enemies are finally getting their due in Congress, decades after their heroism. Twenty-four years ago France bestowed its highest civilian honor on American Indians who used their ancestral words as shields, forging…

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