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Obama to flex executive muscle for climate change action

President Barack Obama will present a plan on Tuesday that relies upon his executive power to take direct action on mitigating climate change. The centerpiece of the administration’s plan (PDF) will see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing new pollution reduction standards for existing power plants, which the plan says…

The Orange Couch Does Mad Men: S6E13, “In Care Of”

Sorry this is a bit late, but all the traveling to Netroots Nation and back made it hard to get it out the door! This episode, as you’ll see from our review, was dense and full of subtle and somewhat more overt allusions. What was interesting to me was how…

Prosecutors want Zimmerman’s dozens of 911 calls entered into evidence

Prosecutors in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, Jr. are attempting to admit to evidence recordings of the dozens of 911 calls that Zimmerman made in the years leading up to the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman made more than 50 calls…

Angry workers hold Florida executive captive over unpaid salary

The owner of a Florida-based medical supply company has been trapped inside his company’s factory in China by a group of about 80 angry workers, though they deny mistreating him physically. “We women can’t hold the boss hostage,” one employee, Gao Ping, told CBS News. “We’re negotiating. He didn’t pay…

Columbus man says mushrooms made him rip off his penis

A 41-year-old Ohio man nearly died last week after he tore off part of his penis while high on drugs. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Ypsilanti Middle School in Detroit last Tuesday and found a screaming naked man. Sgt. Geoff Fox told the Detroit Free…

Climate change makes voyage across Northwest Passage by boat possible

Traversing the Northwest Passage is dangerous enough, but now a four-man crew are attempting it by rowing boat, in a route once dominated by ice The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic:…

Santorum to head studio aimed at brining faith-based filmmaking to Hollywood

The former US presidential hopeful will be CEO of a faith-based movie company that plans to recruit talent from Hollywood Rick Santorum, the evangelical former US presidential hopeful who lost out to Mitt Romney in last year’s Republican primaries, is to head a new studio which aims to bring faith-based film-making…

Colbert ‘apologizes’ to Klan members for doubting their ‘death ray’ capabilities

Normally loathe to admit when he’s wrong, Stephen Colbert admitted on Monday to not giving enough credit to the alleged Ku Klux Klan members caught planning to use a “death ray” placed in the back of a van. “I never thought these ignorant bigots could ever be smart enough to…

Watch live: Day two of Zimmerman’s murder trial

George Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on June 25.…

European court advised to let Google keep sensitive search data

By Claire Davenport and Michele Sinner BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Google must respect EU privacy law but is not obliged to delete sensitive information from its search index, an adviser to the highest European Union court said, in a case that tests whether people can have harmful content erased from the…

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