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WATCH: ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye is back in YouTube miniseries that explains Juno mission to Jupiter

Bill Nye, the former “Science Guy” and the public defender of science, is the host of a new miniseries on Juno’s flight to Jupiter. (. Scott Applewhite,/AP) Bill Nye is back. He is back with a purple lab coat, a spotted bow tie, and serious, levelheaded…  …

South Park allows George Zimmerman to do what he does best: ‘Shoot a young African-American’

Last night’s South Park marked a return to form, as the show paired a parody of the Brad Pitt vehicle World War Z with the George Zimmerman trial. In the episode, Eric Cartman believes that the town’s token black student, Token, blames him for the verdict in the Trayvon Martin…

German ‘luxury bishop’ under fire for extravagant house now accused of lying under oath

Pressure grew Thursday on a German Roman-Catholic bishop under fire for building an extravagant multi-million-euro residential complex when prosecutors alleged that he also lied under oath. Embattled Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 53, of Limburg in Hesse state is accused of giving false statements in court in a case centred on…

Obama’s war on leaks ‘most aggressive since Nixon,’ Committee to Protect Journalists says

Barack Obama has pursued the most aggressive “war on leaks” since the Nixon administration, according to a report published on Thursday that says the administration’s attempts to control the flow of information is hampering the ability of journalists to do their jobs. The author of the study, the former Washington…

More Saudi women defy driving ban despite cleric’s warning that it would damage their ovaries

Saudi women are increasingly getting behind the wheel in defiance of a driving ban ahead of a nationwide campaign planned by female activists for later this month, witnesses said. A video posted on social networks this week shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh as male motorists and families…

Feminist adult performer: Men often the unsung heroes of pornography

Men thinking of stripping down to their birthday suit to make an easy living might want to reconsider. Being an adult performer isn’t a piece of cake for men, according to one feminist “porn superhero.” Speaking during the Feminist Porn Book Keynote Panel at UC Santa Barbara in May, Dylan…

Republicans offer ‘short term’ debt ceiling raise

Republican leaders are to offer President Barack Obama a temporary deal to raise the US government’s debt ceiling and head off the immediate risk of default, lawmakers said Thursday. “It will be short term,” Congressman Robert Pittenger told reporters after a meeting of Republican representatives on Capitol Hill. Party leaders…

The Huffington Post launches German edition

The Huffington Post, with its mix of online news, gossip and opinion, launched a German edition Thursday, vowing to be among the top five German information portals within five years. Based in Munich, where it opened a newsroom with 15 journalists with media partner Tomorrow Focus, part of the Burda…

Obama to meet with Republicans for government shutdown talks

President Barack Obama confronts Republican leaders Thursday, just one week before a toxic political stalemate could take an even more extreme turn and degenerate into a historic debt default crisis. House Republican chieftains, including Speaker John Boehner, will join Obama at the White House, with neither side yet apparently ready…

Treasury secretary advises lawmakers against destroying the U.S. economy

A US debt default would have dramatic economic repercussions and be “deeply damaging” to financial markets, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned lawmakers Thursday a week before a deadline to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. With the clock ticking toward a default that would see the United States fail to pay…

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