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Report: Cyclist Armstrong will confess to doping during Oprah interview

Cyclist Lance Armstrong will make a “limited confession” to using performance-enhancing substances in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Associated Press reported on Saturday. The admission, which would reportedly also include an apology, would follow a decade of staunch denials by the seven-time Tour De France winner that he…

‘Infidelity phones’ help Japan’s cheaters cover their digital tracks

For philanderers in Japan, the latest tech isn’t necessarily the best when it comes to keeping their partners in the dark, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Fujitsu’s “F-series” phones, first released 11 years ago, dubbed “uwaki keitai” (“infidelity phones”), have become a go-to part of any Lothario’s arsenal,…

Taibbi: Geithner is ‘the architect of too big to fail’

The legacy of outgoing U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will be simple, said Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi on Friday — and unflattering. “He’s the architect of “too big to fail,” Taibbi told Democracy Now hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. ” When this all blows up — and…

NRA President: ‘I don’t know that the NRA is that powerful’

The president of the National Rifle Association dismissed the idea that his group has much influence on lawmakers in an interview with NBC host Matt Lauer on Friday. “I don’t know that the NRA is that powerful,” said David Keene, whose organization spent $2.2 million in lobbying last year. “I…

New fossils confirm existence of ‘Hobbit humans’

New fossils discovered on an Indonesian island further point to the existence of a separate species of “Hobbit humans,” Discovery reported on Thursday. “The tiny people from Flores were not simply diseased modern humans,” said the lead author on the findings, Caley Orr. “The new species of human stood approximately…

Celebrities react to their detractors on Twitter

In a mix of comedy and catharsis, ABC host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to inviting guests to read from their own digital peanut galleries: the insults they tend to get on Twitter. “Celebrities with Twitter accounts — and I know this because I have one — get bombarded with hundreds…

VA KKK claims enrollment will triple in Obama’s second term

Residents in Richmond, Virginia have reported seeing more recruitment flyers from the Ku Klux Klan, in part of what one Klan member told WTVR-TV is a push for a membership surge fueled by opposition to President Barack Obama. “Since Obama’s first term our numbers have doubled,” said the hooded man,…

Judge rules TX school district can make students wear locator chips

A U.S. District Judge upheld a Texas school district’s rule requiring students to wear locator chips on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Judge Orlando Garcia overturned an injunction won by John Jay High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez requiring the school to let her continue her studies without wearing the tag. The Northside…

Dozens injured in NYC ferry accident

At least a dozen people were hurt in New York City on Wednesday when a commuter ferry crashed while docking in lower Manhattan. There are conflicting reports as to how many people were injured in the accident. CBS News reported that between 30 and 50 people were hurt in the…

Maddow calls Hagel out for ‘Akin-esque’ views on women’s health

The Secretary of Defense’s duties now include oversight of policies impacting both women’s reproductive health and the rights of LGBT service members, two factors that make presidential nominee Chuck Hagel’s “Akin-esque” viewpoints a questionable fit for the position, Rachel Maddow said on Tuesday. “Running the Pentagon is about troop deployments…

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