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Biden tells Latinos at inaugural celebration: ‘This is your moment, and America owes you’

Celebrities like “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria and Puerto Rican salsa star Marc Anthony celebrated President Barack Obama’s reelection — and how Hispanic voters helped him win. Hispanic music, film and television stars as well as Latino lawmakers gathered at the Kennedy Center on Sunday night for a raucous celebration that…

Google chief Eric Schmidt’s teenage daughter on ‘very strange’ North Korea visit

The teenage daughter of Google chairman Eric Schmidt has shed some light on her father’s secretive trip to North Korea, writing a first-hand account of the visit to a “very, very strange” country. In a blog posting at the weekend entitled “It might not get weirder than this”, Sophie Schmidt…

New Empire State Building spire dazzles rivals

When owner Anthony Malkin found his Empire State Building’s dominance of the New York skyline under attack, he turned to Hong Kong for an idea that could dazzle any rival into submission: light. The 1,200 newly installed lamps now illuminating the skyscraper’s famous spire have brought the most visible change…

Obama to strive for unity in inaugural address

President Barack Obama will urge his divided nation to unite around common values Monday, launching his second term with a plea for ideological foes to unpick America’s ugly political deadlock. Obama, sworn in for four more years in a private ceremony Sunday, will repeat the oath of office before a…

U.S. Navy ship stranded on World Heritage-listed coral reef ignored warnings: Philippines

A US Navy minesweeper that has been stuck on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines since last week ignored warnings to avoid the area, a government official said on Monday. The comments from the superintendent of Tubbataha marine park, Angelique Songco, added to growing anger in the Philippines…

Televangelist sentenced to death for Bangladesh war crimes

Bangladesh’s controversial war crimes court on Monday sentenced a top Islamic televangelist to death by hanging for genocide and other atrocities during the country’s 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan. Maolana Abul Kalam Azad, who has been on the run for about a year, is the first person to be convicted…

When black holes collide: gamma-ray burst blasted Earth in 8th century, according to study

A mystery wave of cosmic radiation that smashed into Earth in the eighth century may have come from two black holes that collided, a study published on Monday says. Clues for the strange event were unearthed last year by Japanese astrophysicist Fusa Miyake, who discovered a surge in carbon-14 —…

Inauguration 2013: How Obama is different from four years ago

Inauguration 2013: How Obama is different from four years ago (+video) The shadow of President Obama is cast on a wall as he leaves a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington after the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve his health-care bill in this…

Controversial drawing of slave having sex with white man displayed at library

A controversial drawing about the horrors of racism and race-based violence — that includes a depiction of an African-American slave performing oral sex on a white man — has been put on display again at a New Jersey library, reported The Star-Ledger. It was taken down from the walls of…

Connecticut governor: Definition of assault weapons ‘was lobbied to death’

In a discussion of how Vice President Joe Biden has taken a lead role in the push for gun control, Chris Hayes reminded viewers that the former senator spearheaded the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which included the now-expired assault weapons ban. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT) said…

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