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U.S. preparing missile strike on Syria as evidence mounts of chemical weapons use

The Pentagon is reportedly preparing for a possible order to strike Syrian targets with cruise missiles, as evidence mounts of the use of chemical weapons emerges from an attack on a Damascus suburb earlier this week, CBS News reported Friday. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

Prosecutor: No race motive in shooting of Australian in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON — US prosecutors handling the case of two black teenagers accused of shooting dead a white Australian baseball player said Friday there was no evidence to suggest the killing was racially-motivated. The murder of Chris Lane, 22, in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan has triggered a race debate…

Republican Rep. Joyce: Unemployment caused by drunk, high workforce not lack of jobs

Add to the many reasons people can’t find jobs — a weak economy, offshoring, technology disruption, employer uncertainty — this rationale, from Republican Rep. Dave Joyce: too many of us are just too drunk or high to get a job. Joyce (R-OH), spoke with the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce…

Chicago billionaire comes out as transgender, backs study of transgender military service with cash

One of the wealthy heirs of the Pritzker hotel fortune — a former lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard — came out as transgender Friday. Jennifer Natalya Pritzker — formerly known as James Pritzker — is part of the prominent Chicago Pritzker family that founded the Marmon Group…

Police dog literally takes a bite out of crime at Florida burglary

A criminal suspect in Florida will probably be standing during his next court appearance after a police dog chewed his posterior during an arrest Friday. Witnesses allegedly saw James Ryan Harrell apparently breaking into a tire store in Brooksville, Fla., Friday. He reportedly fled when Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies…

Nuclear regulators declare Fukushima leak a level-three ‘serious incident’

Nuclear watchdog inspectors who toured Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant following the discovery of a huge radioactive leak declared Friday that water storage at the site was “sloppy”. Earlier this week around 300 tonnes of radioactive liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the hundreds of tanks holding liquid…

Sgt. Bales sentenced to life in prison without parole for Afghan massacre

A military jury sentenced Robert Bales, the Army Staff Sergeant who went on a killing spree while stationed in Afghanistan that left 16 civilians dead, to life in prison without parole today. In June, Bales pleaded guilty to charges of premeditated murder in order to avoid the death sentence. This…

Fox News host defiantly refers to Chelsea Manning as ‘Bradley’

On Fox News’ American Newsroom today, host Gregg Jarrett invited former prosecutor Annemarie McAvoy on to discuss the possibility that Chelsea Manning might sue the federal government if not provided access to hormone therapy. Jarrett continued to refer to Manning, who announced yesterday that she would be living as a…

Rihanna and Justin Bieber’s tweets used to teach Brazilian school children incorrect English

Poor or non-standard English used on Twitter by stars is being pointed out by kids at Red Balloon language schools Grammatically incorrect tweets by Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are being used as teaching materials to help Brazilian students learn correct English. In a crafty attempt to help its…

Anxious families await body identification from Mexico mass grave

Families of 12 young people who were kidnapped from a Mexico City bar in May waited anxiously Friday to learn if a mass grave near the capital contained their sons and daughters. Investigators found seven decomposed bodies on a ranch southeast of the city Thursday and dug through the night…

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