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Police: Homeless woman in Los Angeles was set on fire

Police in Los Angeles said Thursday that a 67-year-old homeless woman who was sleeping on a bench was set on fire, allegedly by a man who purchased rubbing alcohol from a nearby Walgreens and used a knife to threaten a man who witnessed the act. “He went inside to the…

Pro-gun blogger retaliates against database by publishing newspaper staff’s personal info

The publisher and staff of The Journal News in New York state found themselves the subject of what hackers call a “dox” on Thursday, after a blogger retaliated against their database of gun permit holders by publishing an extensive list of personal information for dozens of people connected to the…

Scientists: Portable device acts as early detector of strokes

Israeli scientists have produced a device that could revolutionize how we detect and treat strokes. A Reuters report said that strokes are the third biggest killer in the western world and early detection and treatment can vastly improve patient outcomes. Dr. Natan Bornstein, vice president of the World Stroke Organization,…

Matt Taibbi: Libor scandal biggest ‘Wall Street-related story of this year’

On the Current TV show Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi said that the underreported Libor scandal was the “the biggest story, Wall Street-related story, of this year.” “There’s been a whole spate of market manipulation-type cases that have popped up in the last year, not…

Physics professor: Past decade ‘hottest ten years ever recorded’

This past year’s seemingly endless stream of catastrophic storms wasn’t just a media narrative, according to Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York. On CBS This Morning on Thursday, Kaku discussed 2012′s “wacky weather” and how global warming, which creates more energy circulating on the…

Higgs boson theorist criticizes Richard Dawkins over anti-religious ‘fundamentalism’

Higgs boson theorist says he agrees with those who find Dawkins’ approach to dealing with believers ‘embarrassing’ As public disagreements go, few can have boasted such heavy-hitting antagonists. On one side is Richard Dawkins, the celebrated biologist who has made a second career demonstrating his epic disdain for religion. On…

Ohio firearms group offers free gun training for teachers

A gun advocacy group in Ohio has offered free firearms training to teachers as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting earlier this month. According to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Buckeye Firearms Association said it would pay the estimated $1,000 per student for 24 teachers around the state…

Salon’s Walsh on Tea Party group’s feud: ‘A pox on all their houses’

Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh said on Wednesday she had no preference in the fight between the leaders of the conservative group FreedomWorks — she wished ill on all of them. “A pox on all their houses,” Walsh told MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn.…

Boston U. students face bleak job market in ‘Les Mis’ parody

A sharp parody of the trailer for the movie adaptation of Les Miserables refocuses Fantine’s plaintive song “I Dreamed A Dream” on the plight of Boston University students seeking employment. “The majority of college kids, they go to college, they get a degree, they don’t work outside of college very…

Philadelphia mayor: NRA’s armed school guards plan ‘a completely dumbass idea’

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had harsh words on Wednesday for the National Rifle Association’s call to plant armed guards at every school in the country, citing the Dec. 24 shooting attack on firefighters in Webster, New York as proof the group’s proposal was untenable. “[A] guy sets a fire, firefighters…

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