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Harry Reid will push for ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to introduce a bill calling for an increase to the federal debt ceiling that will not include social program cuts demanded by House Republicans, ABC News reported on Monday. The bill, which has been referred to as a “clean” increase, is scheduled…

Republican Rep. Dent: Ted Cruz ‘put us in a ditch’ without ‘a plan to get out’

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) on Monday echoed Peter King’s statement that the person to blame for the current government shutdown is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. “If I had to cast blame anywhere, I would say it was Sen. Cruz and those who insisted upon this tactic that we all knew…

Obama and Boehner accuse each other of risking U.S. default

The “terrible” and “unthinkable” threat of a US government default transfixed Washington Monday, as a standoff over raising the debt ceiling surmounted angst over a week-long government shutdown. Republican House Speaker John Boehner sparked alarm after warning on Sunday that he would not allow Congress to raise the government’s borrowing…

UPDATED: Police rule out race as factor in soldier’s fatal stabbing

Police in Tacoma, Washington are investigating the stabbing death of Tevin Geike, a soldier who was out early Saturday morning celebrating his discharge from the U.S. Army. According to witnesses, five black men in a passing car shouted racial insults at Geike and two other white soldiers who were walking…

Nobel for medicine goes to researchers who unlocked cell transport system

A trio of US and German scientists won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for pioneering work on the body’s cell transport system, unlocking insights into diabetes, immune disorders and other diseases. James Rothman and Randy Schekman of the United States and Thomas Suedhof of Germany shared the prize…

Audio files of Auschwitz survivors go online

The voices of Holocaust survivors and Nazi death camp guards can be heard in an online audio archive launched Monday of testimony from Germany’s first Auschwitz trial half a century ago. The Fritz Bauer Institute put online hundreds of hours of recordings of German-language testimony about the horrors of Auschwitz,…

British oil company endangering Africa’s most biodiverse area: WWF

Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa. The wildlife charity claims that Soco International’s oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of…

Supreme Court declines to review Argentine debt case

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a landmark appeal by Argentina of a lower court’s order to pay around $1.5 billion to two hedge funds. But the decision did not end Argentina’s avenues to challenge the 2012 ruling, supported in August on appeal, that it had to…

Creationist billboards urge ‘atheist friends’ to learn how God built dinosaurs

Answers in Genesis’s Ken Ham placed billboards designed to “reach out to atheists” in San Francisco and New York City’s Times Square over the weekend. Ham’s organization runs a widely mocked creationist museum in Kentucky, and Ham himself is fond of insisting that humans aren’t related to apes. The signs…

Neuro-enhanced super-soldiers: Far-fetched science fantasy or an inevitable future?

About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open and a suited man standing in the middle of the room, peering around and scribbling on…

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