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New research pins some extreme weather events on climate change

A new paper released on Thursday reported that climate change compounded Hurricane Sandy’s flooding, the damage from which is seen here. The paper also said that climate change worsened the U.S. heat waves, the shrinkage of Arctic sea ice, drought in…  …

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd concedes election defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday conceded election defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott, with six years of Labor rule coming to an end as he wished his rival well. “A short time again I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at this national election,” he said at a…

Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest

A US hunger striker was force fed through a nasal tube in front of the White House Friday, in a protest aimed at showing the procedure used at Guantanamo is “torture.” Weakened by his 61-day fast, Andres Thomas Conteris sat on a chair outside the White House, clad in an…

State Supreme Court stops Montana judge from annulling highly-criticized 31-day rape ruling for teacher

A US judge was blocked on Friday from increasing the controversial one-month jail term he imposed on a teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student. Montana’s Supreme Court said judge G. Todd Baugh could not annul the 31-day sentence he imposed on teacher Stacey Rambold for raping schoolgirl Cherice Moralez,…

Dennis Rodman returns from North Korea without prisoner

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returned to China from Pyongyang Saturday after a five-day trip when he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but without jailed American Kenneth Bae. The flamboyant ex-Chicago Bulls player arrived at Beijing airport on a flight from North Korea, an AFP photographer witnessed, with a…

Washington state publishes how-to guide for pot growers and sellers

Washington State issues how-to regs on growing, selling marijuana (via The Christian Science Monitor) A T-shirt is displayed at ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle last month. Thousands attended the three-day marijuana festival – an event that was part party, part protest, and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington…

Fidel Castro’s son pushing to restore baseball and softball to Summer Olympics

Antonio Castro, son of long-time former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, told AFP on Friday that his battle to get baseball and softball restored to the Olympic Games sport roster came from “deep inside me and my soul.” Antonio Castro, who ironically became an orthopaedic surgeon after his nascent baseball career…

Kerry arrives in Europe to seek support on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into the Lithuanian capital Vilnius late Friday for talks with EU ministers aimed at shoring up support for US strikes on Syria. In his 14th trip in seven months since becoming America’s top diplomat, Kerry will also travel to Paris and London and…

Apple ‘Mavericks’ OS slated for October 2013 release

Apple OS X Mavericks reportedly set for late October launch (via The Christian Science Monitor) OS X Mavericks is shown on an Apple MacBook laptop. (Apple ) Back in June, Apple took the wraps off a new desktop OS called Mavericks, but stopped short of specifying an actual launch date,…

First Nations filmmakers slam ‘Hollywood Indian’ image

Native filmmakers are taking back their image and telling their own stories after a century of Hollywood misrepresentations, especially in the Western genre, a Toronto film festival panel heard Friday. The trend is attributed to the growing self-confidence and hope of younger generations living in native communities, as well as…

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