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Electric car’s future? Turn the frame into a battery

The size and weight of electric car batteries have long posed a problem for the feasibility of such automobiles, as they cause drag and distance issues. But some scientists are moving towards turning the car’s frame into one large battery. The plan, called the “Storage Project,” would replace steel in…

Major flood sweeps through Venice

Heavy rains that hit Italy this weekend rained down on Venice especially hard, flooding the famous canal city. It’s one of six major floods to hit Venice since 1872. About 70 percent of the city is covered in the flood. Tourists and residents had to wade through knee-deep water, and…

Woman sues park ranger for alleged transphobic tazing

A California woman filed a lawsuit against both the U.S. and a Bureau of Land Management ranger she said tazed her twice because she used to be a man. According to KGTV-TV, Brooke Fantelli’s lawsuit (PDF) names both “the United States of America” and the ranger, identified only as “J.…

Gary Johnson: Romney’s social agenda scared people

During a Sunday appearance on Fox News, former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said it wasn’t his fault that Mitt Romney lost the election. The former New Mexico governor disappointingly explained that he didn’t get enough votes to swing the election in favor of either Obama or Romney. Johnson received…

Brewer backtracks after saying immigration reform is ‘fine and dandy’

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is walking back comments from the Republican governor, that it was “fine and dandy” to work on comprehensive immigration reform before the border was secured. In an interview with KPNX that aired on Sunday, host Brahm Resnik told Brewer that both House Speaker John Boehner…

Veteran’s lost symphony sees the stage after nearly 70 years

Almost seven decades ago, a young Harold Van Heuvelen, found himself with considerable free time from his teaching job at a U.S. Army officer candidate school, after the end of World War II. “They said we can do anything we wanted to,” Van Heuvelen, now 93 years old and a…

Schumer: I’m working with Graham on immigration plan

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday he is working with a Republican counterpart, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on a four-point immigration plan they believe will bring their respective parties to a consensus on the issue. “We are resuming the talks that were broken off two years ago,” Schumer told…

Rep. Peter King: Republicans ‘have a mandate’ to keep low tax rates for the rich

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) says that Republicans in the House of Representatives have a “mandate” to prevent tax cuts for the rich and other Americans from expiring even though exit polls showed voters supported tax hikes. “As far as Congress, Republicans feel strongly that tax rates should not be increased,”…

Harris-Perry on poverty: ‘Those aren’t numbers. Those are people’

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry debut a new regular segment Sunday focusing on poverty, which she noted many people did not want to touch, even as the national poverty rate remained at 15 percent of the population last year, or just over 46 million people, with 21.9 percent of them being…

Former Bush Commerce secretary: Republicans ‘scaring the heck out of’ Hispanics

President Bush’s former secretary of Commerce on Sunday pointed out that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party made a mistake by pushing anti-immigrant policies like “self deportation” in the 2012 elections because it was “scaring the heck out of” Hispanic voters. “I would lay the blame [for Romney's defeat] squarely…

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