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Rep. Alcee Hastings honors transgender ex-Navy SEAL Kristin Beck

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) on Friday honored Kristin Beck, a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL who was part of an elite team sent into Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. “I commend Kristin Beck for her outstanding bravery and service to our nation,” the Florida Democrat said on the…

Chicago man unwittingly buys $127,752 worth of authentic Banksy works from street vendor

England’s notoriously anonymous street-artist “Banksy” continued his October invasion of New York City this Sunday by installing a “pop-up” stall in Central Park. The stall was selling “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases for $60 each.” A total of eight were sold, netting the vendor $420. By comparison, in 2008…

Edward Snowden on the NSA: They hurt our economy and they hurt our country

Edward Snowden says the NSA is hurting the US (via The Inquirer) SURVEILLANCE WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden has said that overzealous snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA) isn’t protecting US citizens or making them feel safe. Snowden is the ex NSA contract employee who gave thousands of NSA files…

Elon Musk’s futuristic Grasshopper space rocket makes its highest jump

Elon Musk’s Grasshopper rocket makes its highest jump (via The Inquirer) SPACE TRAVEL BUSINESSMAN Elon Musk has sent a Falcon 9 Grasshopper rocket up to its highest altitude so far of 744 metres. This is the highest that one of his rockets has flown, and according to the Spacex organisation…

What archaeology tells us about the Bible

What archaeology tells us about the Bible (via The Christian Science Monitor) An archaeological dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Israel.(Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor) The workday is just beginning in Jerusalem, 20 miles to the northeast over folded ridges and misty valleys, but the sound of clinking trowels and creaking……

With shutdown and default clocks ticking, dysfunctional Congress hits another impasse

With shutdown and default clocks ticking, lawmakers hit an impasse (via The Christian Science Monitor) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Sunday. Senate Republicans and Democrats have hit an impasse over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four…

Rising onion costs send India inflation to 7-month high

A four-fold surge in the cost of onions helped push Indian inflation to a seven-month-high in September, data showed Monday, fueling expectations of another interest rate hike as authorities struggle to get the economy back on track. The Wholesale Price Index hit 6.46 percent last month, from 6.10 percent in…

Fracking comes to Saudi Arabia despite limited water resources

The U.S. shale gas boom will spread “far and wide,” the head of Saudi Aramco said Monday, announcing the state oil giant was set to supply gas to a massive Saudi power plant project. The world’s largest oil exporter launched an unconventional gas program in northern Saudi Arabia two years…

Police tactics fall under scrutiny as death toll grows in India temple stampede

Outrage mounted in India Monday after at least 115 devotees were crushed to death or drowned near a Hindu temple, the site of another deadly stampede only seven years ago. As survivors of Sunday’s tragedy on a bridge recounted how desperate mothers threw their children into the water below, authorities…

Thai sex show owner arrested after Rihanna tweets about her visit

Thai authorities said Monday they had arrested the owner of a sex show visited by pop icon Rihanna — the latest crackdown inadvertently triggered by the singer’s tweets. The bar owner on the island of Phuket has been charged in connection with the lewd performance, local district chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol…

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