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New documentary puts Donald Rumsfeld on the hotseat about Iraq

As the U.S. mulls intervening in the Middle East again, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld wriggles out of straight answers on the Iraq war in Errol Morris’s new documentary, screening in Venice Wednesday. “The Unknown Known” takes its title from a 2002 speech Rumsfeld gave to justify the invasion. Asked…

Researchers warn: Massive Alaska quake could cause tsunami for California

A tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off Alaska could cause major damage to California’s economy and force 750,000 people to evacuate, a report published Wednesday warned. One third of all boats in California’s marinas could be damaged or sunk, costing some $700 million in losses, while major ports would…

Ecuador seeks to extend libel penalties to cover social media

The Ecuadoran government has proposed legal changes to punish libel disseminated over social networks like Twitter or Facebook, a top official said Wednesday. Alexis Mera, President Rafael Correa’s secretary for legal affairs, said the move aimed not to control content on social networks, but to extend to them the same…

Senate committee approves military strike against Syria

President Barack Obama’s plan to conduct punishing military strikes on Syria passed its first congressional hurdle Wednesday, paving the way for full Senate debate on the use of force. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amended resolution 10-7, with one senator voting present, that authorizes US military intervention with…

PA hospital first to open inpatient treatment program for addiction to the Internet

< It’s been a while since we heard supposedly smart health professionals, who are clearly addicted to making claims about addiction, discuss internet addictions. You may recall that a couple of years back, China declared that spending six hours in a day…  …

Tom ‘Loki’ Hiddleston teaches Cookie Monster about ‘delayed gratification’

The “God of Mischief” met the Monster of Cookies in a video released by PBS on Wednesday for a quick lesson in restraint. In the clip, actor Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Asgardian troublemaker Loki in the films Thor and The Avengers, sets out to teach Sesame Street‘s Cookie…

1.8 million people dropped cable television in Q2

Analysts at SNL Kagan say that 1.8 million people dropped their cable TV subscriptions in the second quarter of 2013. Granted, some of these millions included people who switched to broadband/TV packages from Verizon and AT&T, but…  …

White House grants veterans’ benefits to same-sex couples

The Justice Department said on Wednesday it would no longer enforce the federal ban on veterans’ benefits for members of same-sex couples, the Huffington Post reported. Attorney General Eric Holder explained in a letter to lawmakers that his department had opted not to enforce Title 38, as the rule is…

Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves resolution authorizing military response to Syria

President Barack Obama’s plan to conduct punishing military strikes on Syria passed its first congressional hurdle Wednesday, paving the way for full Senate debate on the use of force. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amended resolution 10-7, with one senator voting present, that authorizes US military intervention with…

Mexico leader to discuss alleged U.S. spying with Obama

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday he would voice concerns about alleged US spying on his emails to US counterpart Barack Obama, warning it would be illegal if proven true. The two leader will come face to face at the Group of 20 meeting in Russia on Thursday, four…

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