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Right-leaning Richmond Times-Dispatch refuses to endorse in Virginia governor race

When Virginians consider the choice between hard-right conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Clinton staffer Terry McAuliffe, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has decided to go fishing instead. The headline says it all. “Our choice for governor in 2013: none of the above.” For context, Virginia’s largest newspaper leans conservative. The…

Administration calling in the cavalry to fix Healthcare.gov

It’s time to swat bugs at Healthcare.gov, administration officials said Sunday. President Obama plans to address the issue of the sign-up website’s broken functionality tomorrow in a Rose Garden event, UPI reported Sunday. Meanwhile, the administrators of the federal insurance exchanges are reaching out to the tech community. “Our team…

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A U.S. scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs. The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The…

Bribery scandal engulfs U.S. Navy; contractor traded inside data for hookers and Lady Gaga tickets

A naval investigator and two senior naval officers have been arrested in connection with an unfolding bribery and corruption scandal in which a contractor traded money, prostitutes, travel and gifts in exchange for inside information and preferential access for his firm’s services. The criminal complaint from the U.S. attorney of…

Japanese youth have quit having sex and no one really knows why

Japan’s falling birthrate looks like a kind of slow motion national seppuku, leaving the country’s policy makers flabbergasted and fearful. An in-depth report by The Guardian examined the social elements to the long slide, starting with the fact that young people have increasingly abandoned sexual activity and dating all together.…

Boko Haram militants slaughter 19 in northern Nigeria

Gunmen belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist militant group shot and hacked to death 19 motorists after blocking a highway in Nigeria’s restive northeast Sunday, according to reports from locals and a survivor. Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform on Sunday killed 19 people near the Nigerian border with…

McCain seeks united Republican front against Obamacare as Cruz fights on

The battle within the Republican party highlighted by the recent government shutdown has damaged the party, hurt innocent Americans and taken attention away from the “fiasco” of the rollout of Obamacare, Senator John McCain said on Sunday. McCain, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham, a key McCain…

Storied Manhattan music venue Roseland Ballroom may close

It has hosted generations of stars, from Hollywood song-and-dance legends Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the early days to Madonna and Beyoncé today. But according to Billboard magazine, the Roseland Ballroom, one of New York City’s most enduring musical landmarks, is set to close its doors in April 2014.…

‘Duck Dynasty’ patron Phil Robertson endorses Vance McAllister because he ‘has the least experience’

Phil Robertson, family patron and star of A&E’s reality show Duck Dynasty, endorsed businessman Vance McAllister in a November runoff for Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District because “[o]f the major Republican candidates in this race, Vince McAllister has the least political experience.” The “Duck Commander” said that McAllister is best positioned…

Tennessee couple accused of selling daughters as young as 6 years old to pornographers

A couple from eastern Tennessee was arrested on Saturday and charged with crimes relating to having rented out their daughters, aged 5 to 16, to pornographers. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ronnie Lee McCall and his wife, Connie Sue, forced their daughters to perform sex acts on film in…

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