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‘Gang of 8′ immigration plan has something to ‘dissuade’ everybody

Immigration advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed discomfort on Tuesday with the immigration reform bill set out by the bipartisan “Gang of 8″ for various reasons. “There’s enough in the bill to dissuade Republicans, and there’s enough in the bill to dissuade Democrats,” said Daniel Garza,…

England to ban circuses from using wild animals

Travelling circuses in England will be banned from using wild animals from December 2015, the government announced on Tuesday, after a long campaign to end the practice. Introducing a draft bill in parliament, junior environment minister Robert Ponsonby said circus operators had until then to adapt their shows and find…

U.S. soldier jailed for trying to sell military secrets to the Russians

A US soldier has been jailed for 16 years for attempting to sell military secrets to a woman he thought was a Russian spy, officials said Tuesday. Military policeman William Millay was also dishonorably discharged as part of a plea deal after admitting charges including attempted espionage and communicating national…

Peace activist hailed as ‘hero’ for aiding bombing victims: ‘I did my duty’

Peace activist Carlos Arredondo is being hailed as a hero after a photo of him wearing a cowboy hat and assisting victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing went viral. Arredondo, who is a native of native of Costa Rica and lost a son in the Iraq war, told The Washington…

FBI arrests Israeli billionaire’s agent over bribery cover-up claim in battle over $10 billion iron ore mountain

Frenchman is accused destroying evidence of how an Israeli billionaire gained control of a mountain rich in iron ore in Guinea A battle over one of the world’s richest mineral deposits has taken a dramatic turn after the FBI announced the arrest of a representative of the billionaire businessman who…

Antarctic ice tells conflicting story about climate change’s role in big melt

Since the early 1990s, glaciers draining Antarctica’s vast ice sheets have…  …

Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf banned from running in Pakistan election

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was Tuesday disqualified from contesting Pakistani elections next month, crushing his ambition to “save” the troubled country just weeks after his return from exile. Pakistan goes to the polls on May 11 for an election that will mark the first time a civilian government has…

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel nixes new medal for drone pilots

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has nixed the creation of a new military medal that would honor drone pilots and cyber operatives. According to Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel, veterans and lawmakers alike created an uproar when it was announced that the new medal would outrank the Bronze Star and Purple Heart…

The five weirdest Boston bombing conspiracy theories yet

Any time a mass casualty event has happened in the U.S. at least since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, an instant conspiracy thunderstorm forms on the horizon and slowly floats across the Internet, flinging wildly inaccurate droplets of information across humanity’s social networks much to the frustration of journalists…

Survey finds perception of having sex more frequently than others leads to increased happiness

More sex makes people happy, but what makes people even happier is having more sex than their friends and neighbors. That is one result of new research from Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Wadsworth likens sex to income…  …

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