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Former Sen. Wyden staffer: ‘Most members of Congress have not even seen the secret legal interpretations’ behind FISA

President Obama’s stated desire for an “open debate and democratic process” about the U.S. government’s surveillance activities met with open disbelief by a prominent former congressional staffer — Jennifer Hoelzer, who recently left service as deputy chief of staff to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) — after the President’s press conference…

Limited edition ABBA maxi-single sells for $6,400 at Swedish auction

A rare ABBA recording was sold Sunday for nearly 5,000 euros, in an online auction of a vast collection of the Swedish pop group’s memorabilia. Thomas Nordin, a collector of all things related to the group famous for hits including “Dancing Queen”, “Fernando” and “Mamma Mia”, had put up some…

Apple will unveil new iPhone on September 10, 2013: Reports

(Reuters) – Apple Inc, the world’s largest technology company, is expected to present its redesigned iPhone in September, according to technology blog AllThingsD. The blog cited unnamed sources as saying that Apple will unveil its next smart phone at a special event on Sept 10. The company was not immediately…

Mother of ‘Messiah’ ordered to change baby’s name after Christian judge rules it a conflict with her beliefs

A baby named “Messiah” must be renamed, according to a judge in Tennessee, because Messiah is a ‘earned’ title in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The mother, Jaleesa Martin of Newport, Tenn., is appealing the decision handed down by Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, who renamed the 7-month-old child “Martin DeShawn McCullough,”…

2-year-old Isaih Perez remains missing from murder scene after suspected killer caught by police

(Reuters) – Police were seeking a 2-year-old boy believed to have been abducted after a double homicide on Sunday morning in Rhode Island. Malcolm Crowley, 22, was suspected of abducting the child, identified as Isaih Perez, from a house in Johnston, outside of Providence, Johnston police said. Two people were…

Obama rodeo clown at Missouri state fair draws protest

“I felt like I was at a Klan rally,” Missouri State Fair goer Perry Beam told Raw Story, his outrage stoked by watching a rodeo crowd whoop and holler at a clown wearing an Obama mask while an announcer asked “Who wants to see Obama get trampled?” this weekend. The…

Judge blocks BART subway workers’ proposed strike in San Francisco through October

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge on Sunday blocked a threatened San Francisco-area rail worker strike that could have disabled a critical part of the region’s transportation system serving 400,000 daily passengers. The ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow to bar Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers…

Lesbian couple claims spousal privilege in Kentucky murder case to prevent wife from testifying

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – A legal debate over whether one member of a same-sex couple has spousal privilege that would shield her from testifying against her partner is at the heart of a capital murder case in politically conservative Kentucky. Geneva Case, 49, does not want to testify in a…

UFO cultists demand rehabilitation of the swastika

They believe that the symbol has been associated with Nazis for too long and have launched a campaign to reclaim it As the beachgoers of Long Island soaked up the sun last month, their attention was caught by a light aircraft flying above with a flag trailing behind it. On…

Some U.S. embassies reopen following al Qaeda security alert

A number of US diplomatic missions closed on August 4 over an Al-Qaeda security alert reopened Sunday, while others stayed shut for the Muslim holidays following the Ramadan holy month. The embassy in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the US consulate in Dubai reopened, as the holiday marking the…

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