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Michael Douglas denies blaming oral sex for his cancer

A spokesman for Michael Douglas denied Monday that the Hollywood veteran actor had blamed his throat cancer on oral sex, in a British newspaper interview. The spokesman said the 68-year-old “Fatal Attraction” star had discussed the link between oral cancers and oral sex, among other risk factors, but was not…

Pentagon weighs larger post-2014 force in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is weighing a proposal for a larger, temporary US force to remain in Afghanistan after most NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014, a spokesman said Monday. Officials had previously suggested President Barack Obama’s administration was considering a smaller force of up to 8,000-12,000 troops to stay in Afghanistan…

One-third of U.S. marriages start online: study

More than one third of US marriages begin with online dating, and those couples may be slightly happier than couples who meet through other means, a US study out Monday found. Online dating has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry and the Internet “may be altering the dynamics and outcome of…

SARS-like virus spreads to Italy as 10 people test positive

Around 10 people in Italy have tested positive for a SARS-like virus but have presented no symptoms and have not been quarantined, an infectious diseases specialist told the ANSA news agency on Monday. “They have not been isolated because they are not presenting with any symptoms,” Alessandro Bartoloni of the…

U.S. sits on sidelines as more than 60 countries sign arms trade treaty

More than 60 countries on Monday signed a landmark conventional arms trade treaty, but the United States held back from joining the first wave of signatories while Russia and China are expected to stay out of the accord. The UN-brokered treaty is the first covering weaponry of any kind for…

Ted Cruz pushes for flat tax but wants to abolish the IRS

Monday on Fox News Channel, Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX) said that the U.S. should abolish the Internal Revenue Service and charge everyone in the country a “flat tax.” “We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our…

The Orange Couch Does Mad Men: S6E10, “A Tale of Two Cities”

New Orange Couch: A little late because we are knee-deep in boxes from our recent move from one part of Brooklyn to another, but still just as good! Marc and I discuss the strong themes of rebirth, redemption, and revolt in this episode, all of which tie back to the…

Glenn Beck: My listeners are ‘civil rights leaders’ who will ‘save the nation’

Fashioning himself as a kind of new wave civil rights prophet on Monday, conspiracy talk show host Glenn Beck predicted that his “long term” listeners would rise up and become “civil rights leaders” themselves before going on to “save the nation” from an unspecified threat. “Things are going to get…

Secret Service: Man wrote ‘KKK forever’ and threatened to shoot Obamas

A West Virginia man was being held in jail on Monday after he threatened the life of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a letter filled with racial slurs. WTRF first reported that Ryan Kirker of McMechen had been charged with sending the threatening letter in April…

Apple in court over ebook price fixing accusations

Company has refused to settle over claims that it conspired with publishers to raise the price of products in the US Apple went on trial in New York on Monday, over accusations by the US department of justice of conspiring with publishers to raise the price of ebooks in the…

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