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Stock market tumbles as government shutdown looms

US stocks tumbled in early trade Monday as a shutdown of the government loomed after Washington lawmakers failed to bridge their differences over the federal budget. About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 125.75 (0.82 percent) to 15,132.49. The broad-based S&P 500 retreated 12.12 (0.72 percent)…

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel seeks deal to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday he hoped an accord on the future US military presence in Afghanistan would be in place by November, despite President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to be rushed. “I hope we’ll have that agreement by the end of October, because we just can’t move without…

CNN Film’s Hillary Clinton documentary cancelled due to pressure from both sides of aisle

Documentarian Charles Ferguson wrote today that he would be “cancelling [his] documentary on Hillary Clinton” because of his inability to obtain access to anyone with personal knowledge of the probable 2016 presidential candidate. “When I approached people for interviews,” he wrote, “I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was…

Progressive Caucus slams GOP over potential government shutdown

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Sunday blasted House Republicans for attaching anti-Obamacare measures to an emergency spending bill, a move that could lead to a government shutdown. “We are extremely disappointed that the Republican Party put the ideological demands of a few ahead of the needs of millions of working…

WATCH: Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo ship docks with Space Station

An unmanned cargo ship successfully berthed with the orbiting International Space Station on Sunday following a one-week delay due to a technical glitch, NASA said. ISS astronauts “successfully captured the Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo spacecraft with the station’s robotic arm” at 1100 GMT, NASA said. “Following its capture, the spacecraft…

CA’s ‘attendance crisis’: one in four elementary students truant each year

According to a report released this morning by the Attorney General of California, one of every four elementary school students in the state are truant every year. The state’s definition of truancy is three or more unexcused absence per school year, and the effects of these absences, especially among elementary…

NSA built secret shadow social network GETPRISM — and you’ve already joined it

Soon after the very earliest reporting on Ed Snowden’s leaked documents about PRISM, the folks from Datacoup put together the very amusing GETPRSM website, which looks very much like the announcement of a new social network, but (the joke is) it’s really…  …

Russian court detains eight more Greenpeace activists over Arctic drilling protest

A Russian court on Sunday ordered the detention for two months of eight more crew members of a Greenpeace ship who protested against Arctic oil drilling as part of a probe into alleged piracy. The Lenin district court in the northern city of Murmansk on Thursday had already ordered the…

Pope Francis announces April 2014 sainthood date for John Paul II and John XXIII

The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. Pope Francis made the historic announcement at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory.…

Ikea test markets solar panels sales in England

The world’s leading furniture retailer Ikea said Monday it had started selling solar panels in its British stores. “It’s a logical extension. You can buy everything that consumes energy (at Ikea) so why not buy something that generates energy,” the company’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, told AFP. “The nationwide…

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