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Prince Harry qualifies as Apache helicopter commander

Britain’s Prince Harry has qualified as an Apache helicopter commander, the Ministry of Defence announced Friday, putting him in charge of the aircraft he co-piloted in Afghanistan. Harry, 28, served as a co-pilot gunner in the attack chopper during his 20-week tour in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand Province, which ended in…

Native American rights in play while Iraq vet fights for 3-year-old daughter

An Iraq War veteran who says he mistakenly signed away his parental rights is trying to keep custody of his 3-year-old daughter. According to CBS News, Army National Guardsman Dusten Brown believed that he was signing over custody to his daughter’s mother when he sent a text message and signed…

Return to moon put in jeopardy by dust, scientists say

A return to the Moon could be hampered by dust, a poorly-understood threat to machines and people alike, according to a presentation at a space conference that ended Friday. Simulations by scientists in Britain and France show that in key zones of Earth’s satellite, dust kicked up by a landing…

Iceland parliament declines Snowden’s citizenship request

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – A bid by Edward Snowden for Icelandic citizenship failed when the country’s parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess, lawmakers said on Friday. The vote leaves Snowden – believed to be staying in a transit area at a Moscow airport – with one option…

Israeli security strip searches Arab journalist at U.S. July Fourth party

Security guards for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped searched an Arab journalist working for the U.S.-funded Alhurra network at the the U.S. ambassador’s Fourth of July celebration in Tel Aviv, the network said on Thursday. The Arab satellite channel told The Associated Press that it had coordinated with Netanyahu’s…

Scientists add dozens of Australian worm-like snakes to species list

Scientists have added dozens of Australian species to the family of small worm-like snakes called Scolecophidia, which are some of the least-understood creatures on Earth. Researchers from France, Australia and the United States analysed the genomes of 741 animals from 27 recognised species in a subgroup known as Australian blind…

Practice of burying flowers with dead may date back 13,700 years

A team of archeologists led by the University of Haifa has found the earliest known evidence of human beings using flowers in the ceremonial burial of the dead. According to a press release issued via Eureka Alert, the ancient cemetery was found in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel, a coastal…

Fox News host: Not using God to sell beer means ‘the terrorists have won’

A Fox News guest host asserted on Friday that “the terrorists have won” because brewer Samuel Adams was not in invoking God in its television commercials to sell beer. In the “Independence” television spot that began airing last month, an actor in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager commercial quotes from…

Missouri threatens return of gas chambers for death row inmates

Attorney general Chris Koster says state supreme court must allow quick executions before lethal-injection drugs run out The state of Missouri is threatening to resurrect the use of the gas chamber for executions, as an alternative to its dwindling supply of lethal-injection drugs. The state’s attorney general, Chris Koster, has warned that…

Activists dressed as ‘warrior queen’ suffragette protest removing woman from England’s banknotes

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, warrior queen Boudicca and others deliver 30,000-signature petition to Bank of England Campaigners dressed as the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, the warrior queen Boudicca and other historical female figures protested outside the Bank of England on Friday as they continued their call for women to feature on banknotes. The protesters…

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