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New Mexico college town residents clear out to escape wind-aided wildfire

By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) – A wind-fed wildfire in New Mexico raged out of control on Monday, sending heavy smoke wafting over the outskirts of a college town and forcing local authorities to warn residents of a nearby community to evacuate, the U.S. Forest Service said.…

Twitter will now allow you to ‘mute’ unwanted content

Twitter on Monday began letting users ‘mute’ posts from people they are not interested in hearing from at the popular one-to-many messaging service. The new Mute feature was expected to be rolled out to all Twitter accounts in coming weeks. “You can now mute users you’d like to hear from…

‘Point of no return’: NASA says the ice sheet collapse in West Antarctica is ‘unstoppable’

Ice is melting in the western Antarctic at an “unstoppable” pace, scientists said Monday, warning that the discovery holds major consequences for global sea level rise in the coming decades. The speedy melting means that prior calculations of sea level rise worldwide made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

Univ. of North Dakota students mock Native Americans with ‘Siouxper Drunk’ T-shirts

A group of students at the University of North Dakota are being criticized after they created and wore T-shirts that seemed to make light of alcoholism in the Native American community. The website Last Real Indians pointed out the controversy after photos of students in the T-shirt began to spread…

Michael Sam jerseys sell like hotcakes as conservatives apoplectic at his popularity

Conservatives both inside and outside of the National Football League are outraged that Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after learning that he had completed one of his life-long goals — to be drafted into the NFL. They are angry that President Barack Obama congratulated him: Did Obama also call the…

AL Natural Resources board unanimously sides with NRA to approve hunting with silencers

Hunters in Alabama will soon be able to kill their prey without disturbing neighbors thanks to rules that allow the use silencers on weapons. In a unanimous vote last week, Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board agreed that hunters should be able to begin to start using…

Jailed Satanist: Denying me ice cream violates my Constitutional right to practice my faith

According to the Associated Press, a self-proclaimed Satanist recently filed a federal lawsuit against Nevada prison officials in which he argues that the preservatives and additives in prison food violate the tenets of his religious beliefs. Alex Snelson filed the handwritten complaint in the United States District Court in Reno.…

Florida officials confirm second case of deadly MERS virus in the United States

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Monday a second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East in 2012, has been found in the state of Florida. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the virus, known…

Louisiana Republican: Obama killing veterans, like Obamacare will kill other Americans

A Louisiana Republican agreed with a talk show caller that President Barack Obama was “killing veterans” for political reasons and would do the same to American families through the Affordable Care Act. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) appeared Monday on KEEL-AM to discuss the growing controversy over the deaths of at…

U.S. refuses to recognize ‘illegal’ Donetsk referendum to secede from Ukraine

The United States said Monday it does not recognize the “illegal referendum” held over the weekend in east Ukraine that called for the region to break away from Kiev. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the vote organized by pro-Russian elements in Donetsk and Lugansk “was an attempt to create…

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