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Long-range forecast: Sunny spell will …wipe out life on Earth

Great heat will make Earth uninhabitable in 3 billion years, say scientists.  And journey to balmy Mars may be best escape route If the end of the summer, the short, cold days, and party conference season were not enough to bring on the gloom, scientists have calculated when life on…

Jon Stewart hammers Republicans for their double standard on guns and NSA spying

While Republicans are all too willing to give themselves up to government surveillance, Jon Stewart argued on The Daily Show on Wednesday, they’re still hell-bent on keeping their guns, even in the wake of yet another mass shooting. “With guns, the Constitution is ironclad,” Stewart observed. “But with terrorism, it’s…

North Carolina school board bans Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’

A North Carolina school board has banned Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man from its reading list on Monday, citing a lack of “literary value.” The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported that the Randolph County Board of Education voted 5-2 to remove the book following a complaint by a parent, Kimiyutta Parson.…

Bachmann and McConnell make watchdog group’s ‘Most Corrupt’ lawmakers list

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were among the more prominent names on a list of the “most corrupt” members of Congress released by a congressional watchdog group on Wednesday. The report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) names 13 lawmakers in…

Former Texas Board of Education chair argues for ‘final blow’ to evolution studies

The former chair of the Texas State Board of Education appeared at a board meeting this week to argue in favor of a new science textbooks he hoped would strike “the final blow” to studying evolution. “Even though these biology books are full of unsubstantiated, dogmatic statements supporting evolution, there’s…

Lawsuit over Bob Marley recordings renewed after court ruling

A U.S. appeals court Wednesday revived legal action between music giant Universal and a small media company over rights to distribute remixes of early recordings by reggae icon Bob Marley. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled that a previously-dismissed lawsuit can go to trial over the Marley…

House Judiciary chair on NSA surveillance: ‘Further protections are necessary’

Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte calls for ‘robust oversight’ of NSA programs and that ‘further protections are necessary’ The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday that he believed “further protections are necessary” to protect Americans’ civil liberties from the nation’s surveillance programs. After a classified hearing with senior…

Assad tells Fox News: U.S. threats didn’t make us give up chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted Wednesday that his decision to destroy his stockpiles of chemical weapons was not forced upon him by the threat of US strikes. “Yeah, there’s a misunderstanding that we agreed with this agreement because of the Americans,” he told US network Fox News. “Actually, if you…

France turns to online crowdsourcing to fight corruption of aid to Africa

France is enlisting the help of Malians to police its aid projects in the west African country with an innovative crowdsourcing project asking people to report corruption by text or online. The foreign ministry’s project is the first of its kind in France, which has pledged 280 million euros ($374…

Boeing to end C-17 military aircraft program in 2015

Boeing announced Wednesday it would end production of its C-17 military transport aircraft in 2015, citing a difficult environment amid government spending cuts. Boeing said it would close the C-17 final assembly plant in Long Beach, California in 2015, after completing the 22 aircraft remaining to be built. Nearly 3,000…

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