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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…

New documentary profiles the topless feminist activists known as Femen

A new documentary about the Femen topless activists shown in Venice on Wednesday reveals a little-known detail — their feminist group was founded by a man. The film explores the internal divisions within the Ukrainian group over the guru-like and secretive figure of Victor Svyatski, who is no longer a…

Anthony Weiner to Jewish voters: ‘You know who judges me? Not you.’

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner chose, of all days, Erev Rosh Hashanah — the evening before the first of the Jewish High Holy Days — to engage in a shouting match with an Orthodox Jewish man in a Brooklyn market. According to Jacob Kornbluh, who filmed the…

Nuclear disaster: Radiation levels at Fukushima would now be fatal within hours

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours, Japanese authorities have revealed, as the government prepares to step in to help contain leaks of highly toxic water at the site. On Wednesday the country’s nuclear regulation authority said radiation…

Boy shoots 8-year-old brother in head after mother falls asleep next to loaded guns

An 8-year-old boy in Shippensburg, PA was shot in the head by his 6-year-old brother after the boys’ mother fell asleep with a loaded rifle and pistol lying out in the open. According to WHTM Channel 27, the older boy is in very critical condition and the younger boy in…

Police suspect Houston high school stabbing is gang-related

One student is dead, and another three injured, after a fight that police suspect was gang-related broke out in a north Houston high school. An unidentified 17-year-old died at the scene, while a 16-year-old was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital and is currently listed in stable condition. According to an…

Journalist Barrett Brown fights media gag order in Stratfor hacking trial

Federal prosecutors will attempt to place a gag order on the jailed activist-journalist Barrett Brown and his legal team on Wednesday that would prevent them from talking to the media about his prosecution. The US attorney Sarah Saldana will call on the federal court for the northern district of Texas,…

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