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Top general: Syrian rebels do not support U.S. interests

US armed intervention in Syria would not resolve the civil war and rebel forces cannot be relied on to back American interests, the top military chief said in a letter to Congress. Pushing back against calls for air strikes and other action, General Martin Dempsey said in a letter to…

Bradley Manning comforts his own sobbing legal team: I’m gonna be OK

WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning kept his composure Wednesday when he was sentenced to 35 years and comforted his own legal team when they broke down in tears, his lawyer said. David Coombs, the civilian who led Manning’s team, said his client was stoic but he and other lawyers cried when…

Venezuela to install 30,000 surveillance cameras across the country

Venezuela is installing 30,000 surveillance cameras to crack down on rampant crime, officials said Wednesday. Most of the Chinese-made equipment will be put up in the capital Caracas. Some is already in place in a municipality within the Caracas metropolitan area as part of a pilot program. “The goal is…

NSA spied on Americans until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011

The National Security Agency spied on electronic communications between Americans in a program that was later scrapped after a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, US officials said Wednesday. A senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters that the surveillance collection was “a result of a technological…

U.S. reluctant to intervene in Syria despite chemical arms strike

The United States refused to set new “red lines” for Syria on Wednesday as claims of a horrific chemical arms strike reignited debate over its reluctance to intervene in its civil war. Top officials faced new questions over Syria policy after rebels said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces massacred 1,300 people…

Creationists respond to Lawrence Krauss: Teach evolution in religion class with other ‘nonsense’

Unsurprisingly, Creation Ministries International doesn’t agree with atheist and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss. In two videos recently uploaded to YouTube, the organization responded to Krauss’s remark in February that teaching creationism to children was a form of abuse. In the first video, Richard Fangrad said “atheistic fundamentalists” like Krauss didn’t…

Small neo-Nazi anti-immigration protest in Berlin dwarfed by turnout for anti-neo-Nazi protest

German neo-Nazis have protested against a new political refugee centre in Berlin, seeking to stoke anti-foreigner sentiment a month before elections and sparking large counter-demonstrations. The far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) tried to drum up anti-foreigner feelings at a rally near the asylum seekers’ centre, a former school…

Creationism museum employee injured by lightning strike while on the job

An employee of Petersburg, Kentucky’s Creation Museum was struck by lightning Wednesday while clearing guests from a zip line attraction at the museum during a thunderstorm. According to Kentucky’s WLWT.com, the man was helping guests down from the wires as thunderstorms rolled into the area. Museum officials reported that the…

Scientists show that birds adapt to speed limits in order to avoid collisions

Birds sense posted speed limits on roads and react to avoid collisions, according to a study out Wednesday. Researchers said birds appear to have adapted to the local speed limits as a feature of their environment, such as the risk of predators. Strict enforcement of speed limits could therefore significantly…

French police nab escaped member of the international ‘Pink Panther’ ring of jewel thieves

French police have arrested a suspected member of the infamous Pink Panther gang of international jewel thieves who had been on the run since escaping from a Swiss prison in May. Police and judicial sources said Wednesday that the 47-year-old, born in Montenegro but with French and Macedonian citizenships, was…

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