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Reckless British bankers could face jail: commission

Bankers found guilty of reckless misconduct in Britain could end up in prison and be stripped of bonuses, under draconian proposals to clean up the City of London published on Wednesday. The radical penalties were put forward by an official commission which said that a string of scandals in British…

World’s largest solar boat arrives in New York

Planetsolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, arrived safely in New York on June 17, 2013. She has been transformed into a scientific platform as part of the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition, and has joined by a team of researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), led by Professor…  …

Red Cross defends keeping Guantanamo detainee records confidential

The pre-trial hearing on the five suspected 9/11 plotters continued Tuesday…  …

What’s that thing in Uranus’s orbit?

What's that thing in Uranus's orbit – and how did it get there? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The planet Uranus – already an odd duck for its upended rings and spin axis that means it is spinning on its side – is being chased by two asteroids and is…

Fearing the U.S., Wikileaks’ Assange will stay in Ecuador’s London embassy

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will not leave the sanctuary of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London even if Sweden stops pursuing sexual assault claims against him because he fears arrest on the order of the United States. In an interview with Reuters and…

North Korea threatens to kill authors who claim Kim Jong-Un urged leaders to study Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’

North Korea has angrily denied a report that its ruler used Adolf Hitler’s memoir as a leadership guide, threatening to kill the authors of the report. The article by New Focus International, an online news portal run by North Korean defectors, said Kim Jong-Un had given copies of “Mein Kampf”…

John Oliver: Republicans resisting immigration reform ‘like a child with vegetables’

The Daily Show host John Oliver on Tuesday night mocked Republicans’ ambiguous support for comprehensive immigration reform. He noted that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had warned the party was in a “demographic death spiral” that could only be fixed by wooing Hispanic voters. Or, as Oliver put it, “we choose…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un urges top officials to read Hitler’s Mein Kampf

North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un has reportedly given copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to his top officials, urging them to study it as a leadership skills manual. Kim handed out translations of the German dictator’s manifesto to select officials at the time of his birthday in January, reported New…

Maddow points out ‘fetal masturbation theorist’ is vice chair of House’s health panel

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night noted that Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) was a leading member of a House subcommittee focused on public health and biomedical issues. Burgess said Monday he supported the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act because male fetuses pleasure themselves as early as 15-weeks after conception.…

Rand Paul slams U.S. spy chief for lying to Congress about NSA surveillance

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) lashed out Tuesday night at Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for telling Congress the National Security Agency wasn’t amassing data on Americans. “What I’m saying is that the director of national intelligence, in March, did directly lie to Congress, which is against the law,” Paul…

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