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Romney: Health care ‘through emergency rooms’ is sufficient

On a Sunday interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney claimed that the poor already have health insurance because emergency rooms are obligated by law to treat anyone who comes in. “Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don’t have…

Gore blasts big fossil fuel ‘misinformation’ for enabling ‘dirty weather’

“Misinformation” campaigns directed by big industrial polluters are a key enabling factor behind the “dirty weather” currently being attributed to climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday in a special announcement. Gore said his climate action group, the Climate Reality Project, would kick off its second annual “24…

Minn. Republican lawmaker: Homosexuality is not ‘normal behavior’

The Republican candidate for Minnesota state House District 8B says that voters should enshrine marriage discrimination in the state’s constitution because homosexuality is not “normal behavior.” During a debate on Thursday, Minnesota state Rep. Mary Franson (R) was asked if she supported a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage,…

‘Gollum’ actor’s reading marks 75th anniversary of ‘The Hobbit’

The celebration of the 75th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit Saturday was highlighted by an in-character reading by actor Andy Serkis, who will reprise the role of Gollum in the upcoming movie adaptation of the book. Serkis lent his voice and his body movements to first play the…

‘Catch Me If You Can’-inspired Italian man impersonates airline pilot

An Italian man arrested after flying as a fake airline pilot told police he was inspired by the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. The unnamed man, who was going by the name Andrea Sirlo, tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one jet by posing as a pilot.…

Endangered giant black leatherback turtle released into the ocean after rescue in Massachusetts

A male giant black leatherback turtle rescued by New England Aquarium officials on Thursday morning was released back into the Atlantic Ocean this weekend after being treated for “dehydration, trauma and shock,” according to the aquarium. The endangered turtle, which is seven feet long and weighs 667 pounds — underweight…

Nine climbers killed, four missing after Himalayan avalanche hits two camps on Mount Manaslu

At least nine climbers have been killed and another four are missing after one of the deadliest avalanches in recent years tore down a Himalayan peak obliterating everything in its path. One tented camp nearly 7,000 metres above sea level was levelled and a second, 500 metres further down, was…

Chris Hayes: Romney tapes reveal ‘plutocracy’ just ‘whining’ about everything

“This is what plutocracy looks like,” Chris Hayes told his audience on Sunday after viewing the now-infamous Romney 47% tapes. “The first thing that jumps out is that a lot of the question [asked of Romney] are really inane.” “The folks in the room all but advise Romney to tour…

Thousands gather in Belgium for climate change sing-a-long

Thousands of Belgians both north and south of the Flemish-French language divide joined a weekend singalong to fight climate change, with organisers claiming more than 60,000 people took part. The weekend “Sing for the Climate” event aimed to film as many people as possible singing the same song in scores…

Atlanta Mayor: Romney a ‘defective’ candidate

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) said on Sunday’s Meet the Press that Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax show once again that the candidate is “defective,” comparing Romney to a race car driver who is constantly grinding along the track’s wall. During…

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