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Baby panda gets last weekly medical exam of 2012

Xiao Liwu, the San Diego Zoo’s 5-month-old giant panda cub had his 19th medical exam this week. The weekly exams measure and weigh the cub and check over physical and neurological function to screen for abnormalities. The cub was born on July 29 of this year and is reportedly healthy…

Gunman shoots three cops inside New Jersey police station

Three New Jersey police were shot Friday morning and a gunman was killed after the suspect, who was already under arrest, somehow managed to get his hands on a gun, according to published reports. The shootings happened inside the Gloucester Township police station early Friday morning. Police have not named…

Light-powered magnetic levitation could create ‘new class’ of solar energy

In a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize transportation and electricity generation, scientists at the University in Kanagawa in Japan demonstrated this month a disc that spins at over 200 rotations per minute when placed over a magnet in direct sunlight, saying the discovery could help create a wholly “new…

Scientists say ‘robot boy’ can be built within nine months

Robotics engineers say that they can build a humanoid robot “boy” that will help with everyday tasks within nine months. According to the Daily Mail, the childlike “Roboy” will have special artificial muscles and tendons, and is designed as a companion and helper for sick and elderly patients. A team…

Kentucky man calls racist Obama display ‘freedom of speech’

A man in Casey County, Kentucky said this week that the mannequin in his front yard resembling President Barack Obama holding a slice of watermelon is simply “freedom of speech.” Speaking to Lexington-based LEX18.com on Christmas Eve, Danny Hafley said that the racist display, which went up shortly after Halloween,…

NYC police seek unidentified woman in second subway-push murder

Police are seeking an identified woman who witnesses say pushed a man to his death in front of an elevated train, the second such incident in recent weeks. According to CBS New York, the woman was seen walking up and down the platform mumbling to herself before abruptly shoving the…

Rep. Hoyer: Debt ceiling fight ‘like taking your child hostage’

At a press conference on Thursday, House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) compared Republicans to a hostage taker who threatened to shoot his own child. The Democratic congressman was responding to a question about raising the federal debt ceiling, which Republicans plan to use as leverage to demand spending…

Italian priest’s Christmas flyer: Women incite domestic violence with cold dinners

A Catholic priest in Italy has created a firestorm by claiming that women bring violence on themselves by serving cold food and dressing provocatively. Father Piero Corsi of Liguria sparked outrage after members of his congregation posted his Christmas bulletin onto Facebook. The flyer, entitled “Women and femicide – healthy…

Woman arrested for scamming donations by posing as relative of Newtown victim

A woman in the Bronx was arrested Thursday and accused of scamming unsuspecting Facebook users out of donations by pretending to be the aunt of a 6-year-old who was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Nouel Alba, 37, told a reporter for NBC’s “Today” that she…

Former ATF agent: Law ‘really does not provide the mechanism to regulate gun commerce’

On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday, the host interviewed a former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who discusses the ways in which he claims the agency is blocked from taking almost any action to regulate guns. On Dec. 19, President Obama noted that…

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