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Europe’s Herschel telescope bows out after successful mission

Europe’s deep-space Herschel telescope has given up the ghost — running out of coolant after a successful mission to observe the birth of stars and galaxies, the European Space Agency said Monday. “Herschel has made over 35,000 scientific observations, amassing more than 25,000 hours’ worth of science data from about…

Mediterranean diet found to reduce risk of dementia

A Mediterranean-style diet packed with fish, chicken and olive oil and low on fatty dairy products and meat may lower the risk of memory problems later in life, a large US study said on Monday. But the beneficial effects of eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids do not…

National Day of Prayer leader thinks marriage equality is Satan’s war against the family

The pastor chosen the lead the National Day of Prayer on Thursday at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill believes that same-sex marriage is a Satanic plot to destroy the family. Pastor Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, said last year that “Satan hates the…

FBI angling to fine companies that don’t comply with real-time surveillance orders

A bill being written by an FBI-led task force would impose fines on tech firms that resist real-time wiretapping orders, The Washington Post reported Sunday night. Sources speaking off the record reportedly told the paper that the legislation is among the bureau’s top priorities this year, spurred by investigators’ frustrations…

Limbaugh agrees with listeners: Liberals kill in ‘mass numbers’ like jihadis

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that his listeners “have a point” that liberalism does in fact kill people in “mass numbers.” In a Monday radio segment, the conservative talker asserted that “some Muslim clerics have said that you can be gay as long as you do jihad.”…

New Colorado law grants in-state tuition fees to immigrant students

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is expected to sign into law a measure allowing undocumented high school graduates to pay in-state tuition rates. The Associated Press reported that Hickenlooper will sign the bill on Monday, making Colorado the 14th state to do so. Undocumented students were being charged out-of-state tuition…

Washington lawmakers quietly approve bill to re-criminalize some marijuana possession

Lawmakers in the Washington House and Senate quietly passed a bill over the weekend that will re-criminalize some marijuana possession, reacting to warnings from the state’s crime lab that the current law could make it impossible to prosecute large-quantity possession charges or large-scale marijuana growing operations. The Senate passed the…

Judge denies ‘erection’ for customers but hopes for ‘happy ending’ in stripper case

A federal judge with a sense of humor on Monday ruled that exotic dancers in San Antonio would have to wear bikini tops, but acknowledged that customers were seeking “an erection” of a constitutional wall with First Amendment protections and hoped that the parties could resolve their differences for a…

Former presidential candidate Mike Gravel and ex-congressmen lend credibility to UFO conspiracy event

Only little green men at National Press Club are dead presidents on $20,000 honorariums paid to committee members If there are extraterrestrial rewards for perseverance, the organisers of the UFO conspiracy hearings that are under way at the National Press Club in Washington this week deserve a visit from space. Five former…

Five doctors jailed in Kosovo for illegal organ harvesting and transplants

An EU-led court in Kosovo on Monday sentenced five doctors to up to eight years in prison for illegal organ harvesting and transplants. Former Kosovo health minister Ilir Rrecaj — who admitted during the trial that he knew that illegal kidney transplants were carried out at the Medicus clinic in…

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