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Sandra Day O’Connor: Conservatives show ‘lack of understanding’ of court system

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Wednesday said that it was “unfortunate” that some Republicans had called Chief Justice John Roberts a traitor to conservatives after he voted to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on civics education, Chairman Patrick…

USC team developing a holodeck for gamers

A team of University of Southern California students is putting together what it says will be a virtual-reality gaming platform similar to the holodeck seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation, according to C-Net. The developers say Project Holodeck, as it’s called, will combine a headset-like display known as the…

Michael Moore: ‘I’m sick of’ coming on TV after mass shootings

Filmmaker Michael Moore, creator of the Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” that explored the cultural factors contributing to the Columbine massacre, is sick of being asked to come on TV shows after mass shootings to give canned speeches on gun control. Appearing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Tuesday, Moore…

Dallas police shooting leads to neighborhood protest

In a scene that nearly mirrored the recent unrest in California, a fatal police shooting in south Dallas led to angry residents confronting police, KXAS-TV reported Tuesday. Dallas Police Chief Dave Brown said at a press conference that one of his officers shot and killed James Harper following a chase…

‘Expert’ told Mass. girl to hold rabid bat — and then it bit her

A 10-year-old Massachusetts girl is receiving a series of painful rabies shots after a woman in Spencer Town Beach, who claimed to be an expert, told her that the rabid animal was safe to hold because it was “the friendliest thing ever.” JoJo Keefe was visiting Spencer last Tuesday when…

Colbert dryly tackles Iowa drought

After bemoaning the effect of the current drought on his eating habits Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert turned to an Iowa State professor to explain the increasingly hot weather’s impact on local crops. “I’ve just been riding my bike through a bunch of cornfields,” said agricultural economics professor Bruce Babcock. “The…

WATCH LIVE: Geithner testifies on Libor reform

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testified before the House Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday about potential Wall Street and Libor reforms. Libor, an interest rate calculated by various banks in London, has been found to be rigged. An employee at Barclays bank in London admitted that they knew they…

Anaheim police fire on media as unrest continues

Anaheim Police officers reportedly fired pepper balls and bean bags at demonstrators and journalists Tuesday night during the latest round of protests against last weekend’s police shootings. Freelance journalist Tim Pool posted a video of himself and another journalist, Amber Lyon, being fired upon, an incident he first mentioned while…

Jon Stewart lampoons London’s Olympic woes

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at London, which has been plagued by numerous security and transportation problems in the run up to the Olympic games. The hotel the where Olympics officials are staying was supposed to be guarded by 80 security officers,…

Rep. Poe proposes new privacy bill: ‘The drones are coming’

Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas warned on the House floor Tuesday that “the drones are coming,” urging legislators to establish guidelines for their operation. “Who will operate these drones, and what will be their mission?” he wondered. “Could it be a suspicious government agent who thinks someone looks kind…

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