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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the vacuum of space

On Wednesday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson endeavored to explain why space is a vacuum and what exactly we mean when we say that. Tyson was answering a listener question, “If we take an open jar into space and close it, thereby filling it with the vacuum of space, what would…

Walmart victorious as D.C. mayor vetoes living wage bill

The mayor of Washington DC has bowed to pressure from Walmart and vetoed minimum-wage legislation that would have hampered the supermarket giant’s push into urban America. Vincent Gray said the legislation, which would have forced large retailers to pay staff at least $12.50 an hour, would drive away employers and…

Minnesota Catholic school fires second LGBT employee this year

A teacher in Minnesota has become the second LGBT employee to be terminated by Totino-Grace High School this year after officials learned she was in a same sex relationship. English and religion teacher Kristen Ostendorf, 43, told MinnPost that she unexpectedly came out to a room full of 120 teachers…

Syria’s Assad promises to hand over chemical weapons to avert strikes

President Bashar al-Assad vowed to hand over Syria’s chemical weapons Thursday as Moscow and Washington were set to begin high-stakes talks on a Russian plan to avert US-led military action against his regime. Speaking to Russian television, Assad said Syria would place its chemical weapons under foreign control in line…

Egypt’s interim authorities extend state of emergency

Egypt’s interim authorities on Thursday extended a state of emergency in force since mid-August by another two months because of the country’s continued insecurity. President Adly Mansour had initially announced a month-long state of emergency on August 14, at a time when deadly unrest swept Egypt as police dispersed two…

Conservative talker attacks atheist over Christian cross at New Jersey 9/11 memorial

In the interview embedded below, American Atheists public relations director Dave Muscato attempted to explain to right-leaning radio host Steve Malzberg why the secularist group is fighting the placement of a Christian cross at a Princeton, NJ memorial site dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11,…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: J.K. Rowling writing Harry Potter spin-off films

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is writing a series of spin-off films set in the magical world of the British boy wizard, she announced on Thursday. The first film will be called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and will be based on a textbook of the same name…

Flash flooding in Colorado kills at least three

Severe flooding in the western US state of Colorado has killed at least three people and prompted hundreds of evacuations, officials said Thursday. Firefighters in the city of Colorado Springs recovered two bodies due to the flooding, they reported on their twitter feed. A third death was reported in Jamestown,…

The ‘sharp decline’ in U.S unemployment was actually a glitch

US jobless claims fell sharply last week mainly due to technical problems that affected some states supplying data, the government said Thursday. Initial claims for unemployment benefits dived by 31,000 to 292,000 in the holiday-shortened week ending September 7, the Labor Department reported. Analysts had expected new claims, a sign…

‘Oh, my!’ — CNN anchor gasps as car overturns in rushing water during live rescue near Boulder

CNN anchor Carol Costello let out an audible gasp during the broadcast on Thursday as swift water rescue teams tried to save a man in an overturned car in a flooded Colorado creek. CNN was covering the aftermath of night torrential rain that left at least two people dead when…

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