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Atheists use science like believers use faith in times of stress, says study

A new study suggests that science performs the same function in some people’s lives as faith does in the lives of religious believers. According to Science magazine, individuals placed under stress turned to science as a means of coping with feelings of stress and anxiety in a study which was…

Major General Michael Harrison suspended over handling of sex assault case

A general who oversees US Army troops in Japan has been suspended for allegedly failing to report or investigate an account of a possible sexual assault, officials said Friday. The unusual move underscored heightened concern over sexual assault in the ranks amid a rise in reported incidents and a spate…

Should we all eat less meat?

MPs have reported that if Britons ate less meat, it would ease inflation and help the developing world. Jay Rayner and Charles Sercombe debate the issue Jay Rayner, Observer restaurant critic and broadcaster Let’s not pretend: I don’t have much of a fan base among vegans. I respect their views,…

Women in Afghan parliament receive threats –from fellow lawmakers

It takes a lot to rattle Shukria Barakzai, a staunch…  …

Newark Mayor Booker announces run for open New Jersey Senate seat

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy on Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat for New Jersey and will run in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. “I do not run from…

Maher: Reagan was ‘the original teabagger’

On this week’s “New Rules” segment on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher warned that today’s whack job Republicans might be bad, but let’s not make the mistake of thinking old Republicans were better. Former Pres. Ronald Reagan, said Maher, was “the original teabagger.” “New rule,” Maher said,…

McCain and Feinstein pledge to close Guantánamo but sidestep hunger strike

Returning from trip to US prison camp, senators says inmates’ care is ‘safe and respectful’ as dozens protest treatment A cross-party delegation consisting of two leading US senators and President Barack Obama’s most senior aide have reaffirmed a determination to close Guantánamo Bay following a visit to the camp. In…

British government pressed over use of America’s PRISM spy system

The opposition Labour party on Saturday demanded clarification from the British government about the use by its spies of intelligence from a controversial US surveillance programme. There are concerns that eavesdropping agency GCHQ, in using US data, may have been able to circumvent British legal processes required to seek personal…

Asteroid the size of a small truck buzzes Earth: NASA

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – An asteroid the size of a small truck zoomed past Earth four times closer than the moon on Saturday, the latest in a parade of visiting celestial objects that has raised awareness of potentially hazardous impacts on the planet. NASA said Asteroid…

Maddow: You’d think these people sending ricin letters were crazy or something

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow opined that the community of people in the U.S. who send letters laced with ricin, a powerful poison, to public officials is “falling on hard times” with the suspicion and arrest of an Elvis impersonator and foot-masseur (one person) earlier…

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