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Pacific free trade agreement talks break down

Representatives from countries negotiating a free trade pact that will cover nearly 40 percent of global economic output said Friday that differences between them persisted, as the US sought to assuage concerns over a looming year-end deadline. Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific, Latin American and North American regions have been…

Anti-superstition rationalist shot dead in India

A leading Indian rationalist, who was campaigning for a law to eradicate superstition in a country famed for its mystics and gurus, was shot dead on Tuesday, police said. Two gunmen on motorbikes fired at Narendra Dabholkar, a medical doctor who had faced accusations of being anti-religion, as he was…

Watch live: Egyptian protesters ask for witnesses — ‘we know they’re going to kill us tonight’

Massive violence erupted in the streets of Cairo on Friday as those loyal to ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police and military forces. According to a report in the Huffington Post, at least 50 people are estimated to have died in Friday’s violence. Though…

Newly discovered mammal species is ‘a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear’

A Smithsonian researcher announced at a press conference at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. that he had discovered a new mammal species that is a relative of the raccoon: the olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe). The press release, which describes the 2-pound animal’s appearance as “a cross between a house…

Watch live: Smithsonian scientists announce discovery of new mammal species

The Smithsonian holds a news conference to announce a major discovery of a new mammal species. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on July 15. [Small mammal at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History via Flickr user Angela N.]…

Watch live: Newt Gingrich addresses RNC summer meeting in Boston

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are scheduled to speak at the RNC Summer Meeting in Boston. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 14.…

We agree with these women: HBO should show more ‘dongs’ on its shows

The makers of College Humor have made a hilarious video that actually makes a totally great and serious point: HBO is great at showing women’s breasts and terrible at showing men’s genitals. On behalf of HBO’s female viewers, Emily Axford points out that though HBO has a diversity of brothels…

Watch live: Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to American Bar Association

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Watch live, broadcast on Aug. 12 via NBC News:…

Watch live: Mayor Bloomberg addresses judge striking down stop-and-frisk policy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference to address a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s stop and frisk policy is unconstitutional. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 12.…

African-American Orioles baseball player: San Francisco fan threw a banana at me

MLB O's Jones: Fan threw banana at me (via Fox Sports) Updated Aug 12, 2013 9:52 AM ET   Center fielder Adam Jones had a busy day Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, driving in four runs — including a three-run homer — in the Orioles’ 10-2 drubbing of the…

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