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Science fiction fans to honor author Richard Matheson after death

Science fiction legend Richard Matheson is to be honored in Los Angeles on Wednesday for his life work following his death Sunday at the age of 87. A prolific novelist and screenwriter, Matheson saw many of his writings become major motion pictures, including “I Am Legend” starring Will Smith in…

U.S. authorities urge widespread Hepatitis C testing in baby boomers

US authorities on Tuesday urged all adults born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C, saying millions of Americans are unaware that they are infected with the liver disease. The so-called baby boom generation accounts for three out of four people with hepatitis C, according to Albert…

Sen. Rubio says he’s ‘satisfied’ with immigration reform bill

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco Rubio, shifting his tone on the U.S. immigration bill he helped to write, said on Tuesday he is now fully satisfied that the measure will do what it takes to secure the southern border with Mexico. Rubio, a potential presidential contender…

Singer Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown, on probation for punching and beating his former girlfriend, was charged on Tuesday with a hit-and-run and driving without a valid license in connection with a May 21 traffic accident in Los Angeles. Brown, 24, allegedly rear-ended another car and faces up…

Obama hints that Keystone XL may be rejected

Speaking Tuesday morning about his plans to tackle climate change, President Barack Obama said that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will only be approved if the State Department concludes that it “does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.” The president’s comments at Georgetown University on Tuesday are the first he’s…

Texas Republicans pass anti-abortion bill — or do they? Filibuster ends in chaos

Republicans in the Texas Senate halted a filibuster conducted by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) on Tuesday night, but Democrats continued to delay a vote on the bill until midnight. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s…

McCain: We’ll make border with Mexico look like ‘the Berlin Wall’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that the Senate should include an amendment for increased border security in its new bipartisan immigration reform bill. In video featured by Talking Points Memo, McCain said that the amendment, proposed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) would make the border…

Israeli security guard shoots Jewish man dead after ‘verbal confrontation’

An Israeli security guard who shot dead a Jewish man at Jerusalem’s Western Wall is suspected of murdering him after “a verbal confrontation”, a court protocol revealed on Tuesday. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court also allowed to publish the name of the suspect of the Friday shooting — Hadi Qabalan, a…

Environmental groups criticize Obama’s plan as ‘modest’

Environmental groups on Tuesday said US President Barack Obama’s plan to combat climate change is long overdue but will not be enough to reverse a global problem that is outpacing the solutions. Some experts warned it will be an uphill battle to implement the policies Obama announced, using his executive…

John Lewis: ‘These men’ on the Supreme Court never had to pass a literacy test

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Tuesday blasted conservative justices on the United States Supreme Court after they struck down a part of a law intended to prevent the type of voter suppression that he was fighting against when he had his skull fractured during protests in the 1960s. In a…

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