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Chimpanzees clobber humans in complex memory tests: study

Tetsuro Matsuzawa begins his working day, conventionally enough, in front of a computer. He taps in a few commands, takes a seat and waits. Within minutes, the calm of his basement laboratory is pierced by the sound of excitable primates. On cue, two chimpanzees appear through an opening in the…

‘At least 28 dead’ in Nigeria college shooting

An attack Sunday by Boko Haram Islamists who opened fire on students while they were sleeping in a college dormitory has killed at least 28 people, a hospital source told AFP. “We have so far received 28 bodies. We have been asked to expect more,” said the official at the…

Era ends at Washington Post as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos set to take the reins

With Jeff Bezos set to take over The Washington Post, the big question is: Can he arrest its decline and deliver an economic model for the rest of the industry? The 49-year-old founder of Amazon could give the storied newspaper a chance to make the transition to the digital age,…

Granddaughter of ‘Schindler’s List’ balcony sniper Amon Goeth publishes memoir

A steel-eyed Nazi killer picks off Jewish prisoners with a rifle from a balcony in a concentration camp in 1944. More than six decades later, a Nigerian-German woman who has studied in Israel thumbs through a book about the sniper and is shocked to learn the man is her own…

New Jersey priest caught in sexting sting thought he was talking to 16-year-old boy

The text messages read as if they’ve been ripped from a pornographic novel. Matthew Riedlinger quizzed his texting partner about sex videos, pressed for details about intimate liaisons, described sexual acts and encouraged mutual masturbation. He…  …

2013 already the year Wal-Mart would like to forget

Are Wal-Mart’s shoppers disappearing? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Wal-Mart logo is displayed in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart shares dropped Thursday on news that the world’s largest retailer was cutting its orders to suppliers in the face of rising store inventory.(Seth Perlman/AP/File) From worker protests to missed…   ;  …

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blasts ‘irresponsible’ government shutdown threat

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slammed Republican lawmakers as “astoundingly irresponsible” for threatening to shut down the government over a short-sighted political whim. If Congress fails to agree on a new budget measure by the close of the fiscal year on Monday, officials estimate that about half of the Pentagon’s…

Olympic flame lit for Sochi 2014 Winter Games

The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Sunday and began its long journey towards the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games which begin on February 7. Actors in ancient Greek costume in the bright midday sunshine invoked the god Apollo in the ruins…

No. 2 nuclear commander in the Navy relieved in probe over fake gambling chips

The head of U.S. Strategic Command relieved Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina from his duties at the command overseeing America’s nuclear forces earlier this month as part of a probe into his suspected role in a counterfeit casino gambling chip scandal, the Associate Press reported Saturday. News of the suspension…

GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ anti-abortion language to budget bill

To the laundry list of demands made by House Republicans fighting health care reform, with the shutdown of the government and default on the national debt in the balance, add this last-minute item: limiting contraceptive coverage. Multiple sources are reporting that Republicans have added language to the budget bill before…

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