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DARPA shows off a robot that knows how to climb stairs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been creating a series of increasingly agile robots, such as the robotic “cheetah” it featured last month. The latest offering may not be as light on its cybernetic feet, but the new stair-climbing robot is remarkable in its own right for its uncanny…

Israeli army officer probed for striking activist in the face with gun

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army has opened a probe into an incident in the West Bank during which an officer struck a demonstrator in the face with his gun, a military spokeswoman said on Sunday. “This is a very serious incident. A detailed investigation has been opened into the circumstances…

Bachmann: Women ‘can make their own choices for… their own bodies’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who wants to outlaw abortion and restrict coverage of female contraception, on Sunday insisted that Republican members of Congress “want women to have their own choices.” During a Sunday interview on NBC, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke out against a Republican effort to allow employers to…

Couple becomes first to marry at North Pole

A Norwegian couple made history this past week, becoming the first to have a wedding at the North Pole. According to Explorers Web, accomplished polar explorer Borge Ousland and his wife Hege tied the knot in -23 degree Celsius weather (-9 degrees Fahrenheit) with 30 guests and a pastor in…

Fox host to Romney aide: Women job loss claim an ‘accounting trick’

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday called out presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for using an “accounting trick” to assert that women had lost 92.3 percent of the jobs during President Barack Obama’s first term. “The number of jobs — this is an amazing statistic — the percentage…

Geithner: Romney’s women jobs lost numbers ‘ridiculous’

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner criticized likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney several times Sunday morning, calling his numbers attacking of President Obama on women’s job losses “ridiculous.” Geithner made his sharpest hitback at Romney on ABC’s This Week before repeating the criticism of the former Massachusetts governor on NBC’s Meet…

RNC chair: ‘I don’t think’ GOP wrong on Buffett Rule

Although a majority of Americans support a rule that would tax millionaires as much the middle class, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said on Sunday that his party was not wrong for opposing the policy. In an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley pointed to a recent…

Romney aide denies cutting federal funds is ‘defunding’ Planned Parenthood

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s senior adviser insisted on Sunday that it was “not fair to say” that his boss wanted to defund Planned Parenthood just because he intends to strip the organization of all federal funding. “Anyone who saw the controversy with the Komen Foundation knows that Planned…

Romney to welfare mothers: ‘You need to go to work’

Republicans have spent the last week attacking President Barack Obama after a Democratic CNN contributor said that Ann Romney, who is the mother of five, had “never worked,” but it turns out that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has also said mothers on welfare “need to go to work.”…

Sheep gives birth to seven lambs

In arguably a contender for “the most adorable animal video of the weekend” award, a rare event took place at a farm in Snoqualine, Washington, where a female sheep named Trina gave birth to seven lambs. Trina’s owner Colleen Peck expressed her glee while describing the unusual event, mentioning how…

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