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Maine governor: Might as well go home and ‘get our guns’ over alleged censorship

Maine’s Republican governor Paul LePage has voiced new outrage over the alleged censorship of his speech in the Statehouse. “It’s freedom of speech,” he told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Portland Press Herald. “You folks should understand that better than I. It is the First Amendment, then there is…

Newsweek up for sale yet again: report

Newsweek, the longtime news magazine which ended its print publication last year in favor of digital, is up for sale again, according to a leaked memo seen Wednesday. The first report on the possible sale came from Variety, which quoted unnamed sources familiar with the intentions of parent company IAC.…

Bird ancestor reclaims its branch on tree of life

Venerated for 150 years as the forebear of all birds until being relegated two years ago to the common class of winged dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx was restored to its hallowed branch on the tree of life on Wednesday. A fossil find in China proved the winged creature was in fact…

Citigroup settles lawsuit over federal securities law violations

Citigroup has settled a lawsuit by the US Federal Housing Finance Agency over the sale of home mortgage-backed securities to government-backed lenders, a court document showed Wednesday. According to the New York court filing, Judge Denise Cote said that both sides had reached an agreement that ends the lawsuit. The…

Canada’s Miss Universe competition embarrassingly crowns wrong winner

Losing is never easy, but for one unlucky contestant in Canada’s Miss Universe competition the bad news came 24 hours later — after she’d been crowned the winner. Red-faced organizers admitted on Wednesday that a typo led to a counting error that resulted in Denise Garrido, 26, being wrongly named…

Larry King moves to Kremlin-funded station RT

Legendary US television presenter Larry King announced Wednesday that he was moving his show to a Kremlin-funded TV station that primarily broadcasts Moscow’s views on world affairs. RT channel director Margarita Simonyan tweeted a link to a TV ad in which the suspenders-wearing veteran makes the grand announcement himself. “I…

Undeterred by setbacks, Newtown families plan to end NRA’s stranglehold on gun politics

Terri Rousseau is a member of what she calls “the saddest club in the world”. She was forced to join it on 14 December last year when her daughter, Lauren, a teacher at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, was shot dead along with all 14 of the young…

Republicans accuse Eric Holder of misleading Congress over leak investigations

Eric Holder has been accused of misleading Congress over his involvement in aggressively investigating journalists for security leaks, forcing the White House to repeatedly defend its embattled attorney general. Republican critics seized on fresh information about attempts to obtain classified emails sent to a Fox News journalist in 2010 and…

High school security guard arrested for threatening to shoot up school

A man was arrested earlier this week for a terrorist threat against Nyack High School in New York, where he was employed as a security officer. Kenneth A. Carter, 51, was arrested May 22 without incident after a co-worker told police he made threats against the school. Carter allegedly threatened…

‘Weather whiplash’ is a symptom of climate change: report

Frequent and intense weather events in the US cited in climate studies as series of natural disasters plague region America has some of the wildest weather on the planet, and it turns out those extremes – which run from heat waves and tornadoes to floods, hurricanes and droughts – carry…

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