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Toshiba creating nuclear reactor for mining Canada Tar Sands

Toshiba Corp. has reportedly designed a nuclear reactor and intends to market it to natural resource developers for mining Tar Sands in Canada and other places. Nikkei reported this week that the company had completed design of a small 10,000kw reactor and had asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for…

Man accused of attempting to assassinate Obama claims statements ‘coerced’

The attorneys for an Idaho man who allegedly shot at the White House in late 2011 claim that his statements to the police were “coerced,” reported Boise Weekly. They also said that the suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, was handcuffed to a chair for hours after being arrested and that he…

Watch live: Biden speaks to American mayors

President Biden addresses the 81st winter meeting of the US Conference of Mayors. Watch live, broadcast on Jan. 17. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Parody: NRA urges members to ‘live in fear’

In a video published Thursday, the funnymakers over at “Funny or Die” took on the National Rifle Association’s “stand and fight” ad as only satirists can. “Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a narrator asks. “Of course they are, but anyway. Why is he skeptical about putting armed…

More than a third of Bible classes in Texas teach ‘pseudo-scholarship’: study

A study conducted by a Texas university professor found that at least a third of classes on the Bible in the state’s public school system aren’t meeting legal requirements to eliminate bias, reported the Associated Press. The study’s author, Mark Chancey, a religious studies professor at Southern Methodist University, said…

DOJ sends bundle of completely censored documents in response to ACLU lawsuit

Responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Department of Justice (DOJ) turned over a bundle of documents that are completely blacked out. The lawsuit was filed after the DOJ ignored a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information on how the agency interpreted…

Malawi challenges Madonna’s claim her charity built 10 schools

Malawi education authorities on Thursday challenged a claim by American pop queen Madonna that her charity last year built 10 new schools in the poor southern African nation. “The schools Raising Malawi claims to have constructed were already in existence,” Education Minister Eunice Kazembe said. “Raising Malawi only built 10…

Senior Chinese official resigns after jilted lover publishes online screed

A senior Chinese official has lost his job, state media said on Thursday, after a jilted lover detailed their alleged affair in an online essay topping 100,000 written characters. The downfall of Yi Junqing, who had a rank equivalent to vice minister, comes as the ruling Communist Party’s new leaders…

European politicians pledge to attack airlines for carry-on baggage fees

Too big, too heavy, too many — European travellers are being taken for a ride by airlines charging what they like for carry-on baggage and the EU should standardise the rules, MEPs said Thursday. “We must protect consumers from the abusive commercial practices that airlines use to generate extra income,”…

Chief suspect in Putin murder plot withdraws confession

The chief suspect being tried in Ukraine over an alleged plot to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin has withdrawn his confession, claiming he was tortured, a news report said on Thursday. Days before last year’s presidential elections, Russian state television disclosed an alleged plan to bomb Putin’s motorcade, airing a…

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