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Massive moose die-off in the U.S. bewilders and worries scientists

Moose die-off is massive, and a mystery to scientists (via The Christian Science Monitor) A moose rests under a tree at Medicine Bow National Forest, twelve miles west of Centennial, Wyoming. Across the US, the moose population has been dropping in number – and scientists do not know why.(Laramie Boomerang/Andy…

Pat Buchanan to GOP: Better to destroy the country than give in to Obamacare

In a column at “birther” conspiracy website World Net Daily, longtime Republican Party operative and former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan urged the Republicans to destroy America’s standing in the world rather than give in to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. Right Wing Watch reported…

Skeleton of a huge diplodocus dinosaur to go on sale

Calling all fossil hunters with £600,000 to spare: the full skeleton of a huge diplodocus dinosaur is to go on sale in Britain next month. Nicknamed Misty, the 17-metre-long (56 foot), six-metre-tall fossil dating back some 150 million years is one of only a handful of other known examples in…

Women who feel entitled more likely to endorse benevolent sexism, study finds

A high sense of entitlement — a core facet of narcissism — disposes women to internalize patriarchal beliefs, such as that women need to be protected by men or that women are naturally good caretakers (rather than naturally good CEOs.) That was the key finding of research published September 26…

Edward Snowden’s father leaves Russia after secretive meeting

The father of Edward Snowden has left Russia after meeting the US intelligence leaker at a secret location, the fugitive’s lawyer said on Wednesday. Lon Snowden had an “emotional” meeting with his son, who is wanted by US authorities on espionage charges for spilling secrets about Washington’s secret surveillance programmes,…

Fox News promotes false story about transgender student harassing girls in bathroom

Fox News was fooled by a tendentious report advanced by right-wing Christian media about a transgender student who was allegedly harassing girls in a Colorado high school bathroom. Fox Nation on Monday promoted a Daily Mail article that has since been pulled from the site and debunked by the school’s…

Fox News psychiatrist: Obama backs food stamps because grandmother ‘didn’t trust men of color’

Fox & Friends brought on resident psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow on Tuesday to explain that President Barack Obama supported food stamps and was accusing the Republican Party of hostage taking in the government shutdown fight because his father “abandoned” him as a child and his grandmother “didn’t trust men of…

British prime minister: Edward Snowden harmed national security

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that the publication by the Guardian newspaper of secrets leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden had damaged national security. Cameron’s comments were the highest profile intervention by a British official in a debate about whether the left-leaning daily was right to publish Snowden’s…

Four dead after Everest avalanche hits tour group in Tibet

Four people died after an avalanche hit a foreign tour group camping on the slopes of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, Chinese state media reported Wednesday. One of the dead was an Australian citizen and the other three were local porters, said the report on chinatibetnews.com, which cited the…

Coen Brothers to receive France’s top cultural honor

US filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will on Wednesday be presented with France’s highest cultural honour at a ceremony in Paris. The brothers, much garlanded for their large body of work including the Oscar-winning “No Country for Old Men” and “Barton Fink” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, will…

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