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In surprise move, Vietnam asks citizens for public comment on their constitution

Vietnam’s government has asked its 90 million citizens for public comment on their constitution, and the request has prompted a flurry of rare public critiques from intellectuals, former officials, and civil society groups.  That type of reaction from the public might seem normal in a democracy,…  …

Janet Napolitano answers critics of new TSA rules for knives on airplanes

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano quoted a “Saturday Night Live” comedian when she was asked about a storm…  …

Jared Leto wears fan’s human ear on a necklace

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Two-headed bull shark discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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Christie: I’ll keep ‘firm grip’ on Prince Harry during New Jersey visit

Famously rambunctious New Jersey governor told a local radio station that he’ll spend all day with prince on Garden State tour Keeping Britain’s rambunctious Prince Harry in line is a tough job that the prince’s media handlers and protection officers have never quite come to grips with – to the…

Report: Half of all Iraq and Afghanistan vets report inadequate care from Veterans Affairs

Study for Congress has ‘serious misgivings’ about government’s treatment of US troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan Almost half of the 2.2 million troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan report difficulties on their return home, but many receive inadequate care from the US Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, according to…

Petraeus plans affair apology in comeback speech

Decorated military general, 60, to offer his ‘deep regret’ for affair with biographer that led to his resignation as CIA director David Petraeus, one of America’s most decorated generals, is expected to make his public comeback Tuesday night with an apology for the extramarital affair that led to his resignation.…

Norwegian mass killer barred from attending his mother’s funeral

Norwegian prison authorities have rejected a request by mass killer Anders Behring Breivik to attend the funeral of his mother, who died last week after a long illness, his lawyer said Tuesday. Breivik, a 34-year-old right-wing extremist who is serving a 21-year jail sentence for killing 77 people in twin…

‘Catastrophic’ 2012 rain means Britain’s butterfly populations drop

Britain’s butterflies suffered a “catastrophic” year in 2012 with almost all species declining as a result of torrential rains, according to a study published on Tuesday. Of the 56 species studied by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, 52 saw a drop in numbers as Britain’s second-wettest year on record left…

Swedish language council removes ‘ungoogleable’ from list of new words

The Language Council of Sweden said Tuesday it had removed the word “ungoogleable” from its 2012 list of new words because it refused to give in to the US company’s demands to include the word Google in the definition. The list of new words in the Swedish language came out…

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