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Obama to meet with congressional leaders over government shutdown

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called congressional leaders to a White House meeting, providing a glimmer of hope for movement on day two of a crippling government shutdown. The White House is squaring off with Republican rivals in Congress over how to fund federal agencies, many of which are…

Bernie Sanders: If Democrats cave on Obamacare, GOP will use blackmail tactics again

If Senate Democrats or President Barack Obama cave to House Republican demands on the Affordable Care Act, the Senate’s only independent said that would embolden them to attempt similar tactics on other issues. “If we surrender right now to these guys on this issue, they will be back,” said Sen.…

Obama urges Republicans to back down as shutdown set to enter second day

The political deadlock that forced the closure large portions of the US government on Tuesday, bringing financial uncertainty to hundreds of thousands of federal workers, appeared likely to enter a second day without a resolution. As national landmarks were barricaded, museums closed, and hundreds of thousands of employers were placed…

Roman skulls found in London could be victims of warrior queen Boudicca

Blackened Roman skulls, possibly victims of Boudicca’s revolution which scorched the foundations of the Roman empire in Britain, have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel in the heart of London. Archaeologists know they will find thousands of skeletons on the site, which was the 17th-century Bedlam burial ground, but…

Woman fends off would-be rapist with frying pan

A woman in the Boston suburbs served up some rough justice to a would-be rapist by striking him in the head with a frying pan. According to CBS News, the suspect allegedly threatened the woman with a knife after luring her to his room at an Extended Stay America hotel.…

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer mocks Obamacare over foreign languages: ‘I got an idea, how about English?’

Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Wednesday found a new reason to dislike President Barack Obama’s health care reform law: It’s offered in 150 languages. At a briefing on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had noted that call centers were prepared to answer questions about the health…

Invasion of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuclear plant

A Swedish nuclear reactor was restarted on Wednesday following a three-day closure caused by a build-up of jellyfish in a cooling system, according to the operators. The incident occurred in reactor 3 at Oskarshamn power station on the Baltic Sea coast, which is run by OKG, a subsidiary of the…

Author Tom Clancy dead at 66

US author Tom Clancy, whose spy and military thrillers became worldwide best-sellers and inspired several Hollywood hit films, has died, US media reported Wednesday. He was 66. His long list of novels included “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.” The Baltimore Sun newspaper said…

Arizona man accidentally shoots and kills girlfriend while hugging her

An Arizona woman died on Tuesday after being accidentally shot and killed by her boyfriend while the couple was hugging. Phoenix police said that the 18-year-old man was embracing his 24-year-old girlfriend at a home on Tuesday morning when the gun he was wearing in his waistband went off, according…

Anti-Muslim booth at Tennessee fall festival linked Obama to 9/11 attacks

A bigoted booth at a family fun fair in Bartlett, TN angered many in the community this week. According to WMC-TV Channel 5 in Bartlett, townspeople contacted the TV station saying the messages on the booth were offensive and highly inappropriate. The group ACT! Memphis sponsored the booth, which displayed…

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