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Sign outside Indiana shopping center shows Obama with Hitler mustache

A video billboard outside a northeast Indiana shopping center shows a picture of President Barack Obama wearing an Adolf Hitler mustache. The billboard flashes the image at the start of a display that next flashes the words “Impeach” and “Obama.” The sign’s owner said the images were a paid advertisement…

Supreme Court agrees to hear six cases on greenhouse gas regulations

The US Supreme Court Tuesday took on six cases related to federal regulation of greenhouse gasses, raising expectations for a much-awaited ruling in the debate over climate change legislation. The court announced it was combining the six suits from plaintiffs in the chemical industry, the Chamber of Commerce, and the…

Study shows functional similarity between human and ape emotions

Young bonobos share hugs and kisses to make their peers feel better much the way children do, according to a new study suggesting people and ape emotions function similarly. The bonobo is as genetically similar to humans as is the chimpanzee, and it is also considered the most empathic great…

White House rejects House debt plan

The White House on Tuesday rejected a new plan by Republican House leaders to avoid a disastrous debt default, branding it a “ransom” demand. Amy Brundage, a White House spokeswoman, said the plan was a “partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government…

GOP House members sing Christian hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ before pushing to derail Senate deal

Before pushing an alternative to a Senate bid to end the government shutdown on Tuesday, conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives reportedly sang “Amazing Grace,” a Christian hymn usually reserved for funerals. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told reporters that the sing-a-long proved that House Republicans were solidly behind that…

Professor Jim Al-Khalili: Christianity hijacked human values

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, a theoretical physicist and science broadcaster, said Monday at The Cambridge Union Society that Christianity had commandeered humanistic values. In his presentation, Al-Khalili said he believed in the Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. The ethical maxim is often…

Videos appear to contradict Medal of Honor winner’s account of Afghan battle

Videos shot during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan appear to contradict with the narrative of events described by the Marine Corps, White House and a Marine sergeant who was awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions there. An ongoing McClatchy investigation found that those videos, which were shot by…

Police investigate dry ice bombs at Los Angeles airport

Federal and local authorities said Tuesday they are investigating who placed explosive devices made from dry ice at the Los Angeles International Airport. Officials said no one was injured and no damage was caused when two of the devices exploded. One went off late Sunday, while a second exploded overnight…

House to vote on bill to fund government but delay medical device tax

The US House of Representatives will vote on its own bill to end a government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday, just two days before Washington exhausts its borrowing authority. The Republican plan is similar to a measure being worked up in the Senate, which would fund…

NC county challenges state law by accepting same sex marriage application

A county official in western North Carolina accepted a same sex marriage application on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between the county and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), who intends to defend the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality. Lesbian couple Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory, who have…

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