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Dead mice to be dropped on Guam from helicopters to fight invasive snake

If the image of dead mice falling from the sky makes you squeamish, you might want to skip a spring trip to Guam this year. The U.S. plans to drop dead mice on Guam in April or May, in order to help control the invasive brown tree snake, which has…

Rwandan woman stripped of U.S. citizenship after lying about role in genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi had been given asylum but now faces up to 10 years in prison and deportation for making false statements A Rwandan woman who won political asylum in the US after hiding her family’s role in the 1994 genocide has been convicted in a New Hampshire court of lying…

Consumer protection bureau asks for public comment on predatory private student lenders

On Thursday Obama’s consumer protection bureau announced it would begin “gathering information” on how to reorganize private student loan repayment. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), asked to hear from teachers who “can’t afford to teach in their hometowns,” doctors who “feel forced to…

Researchers: Giant goldfish spreading from Lake Tahoe to international waters

Researchers in California and Nevada said the gigantic goldfish found in Lake Tahoe have also been spotted in waters around the U.S. and as far away as the United Kingdom and France. According to KCRA-TV, a team from the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) and University of California-Davis (UCD) have been…

After bail, what’s next for Pistorius?

South Africa’s “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was freed on stringent bail terms Friday to await trial for killing his model girlfriend, a victory in the first of many legal battles that lie ahead for the sprinter. The 26-year-old paralympic star now faces a gruelling legal marathon that could last years,…

Thousands riot in Bangladesh over writings of ‘atheist bloggers’

DHAKA — Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday in fierce clashes with conservatists demanding the execution of bloggers they accused of blasphemy, killing one person and injuring around 100. Parts of central Dhaka turned into a battlefield as protesters attacked police with bricks and sticks in front…

DOJ to join suit against Armstrong over Postal Service sponsorship

The US Department of Justice decided Friday to join a doping lawsuit filed by one of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates alleging that the disgraced cycling champion defrauded government sponsors. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported the government will add its weight to the suit and claim that Armstrong…

Supersonic skydiver’s record confirmed

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke three world records when he jumped from the edge of space in October, the World Air Sports Federation confirmed on Friday. The Swiss-based federation, also known as the FAI, said Baumgartner notched up the world’s maximum vertical speed record, as well as the highest exit…

10 things the FBI won’t fire you for

A year-in-review email recently circulated to employees at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that leaked online this week (PDF) reveals a series of disciplinary actions taken against agents during 2012. While some of the agents’ transgressions were entertaining for how out-of-line they got, it’s also particularly interesting to highlight…

W. Kamau Bell’s joy over ‘end of slavery’ interrupted by man slapping ‘n—er’ baby

The news that Mississippi had finally outlawed slavery had W. Kamau Bell briefly celebrating the end of racism on Thursday, before hearing about the Idaho man who allegedly slapped a crying child he referred to as a “n—er baby.” “Oh goddammit,” Bell fretted. “Give me back the T-shirts. Racism’s back…

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