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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…

Veterans Affairs spending on erectile dysfunction meds almost triples

The Department of Veterans Affairs is spending almost three times as much it did in 2006 on erectile dysfunction drugs, reported Bloomberg News. That’s apparently due to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health issues, according to a senior program manager at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of…

Iraq finds extra billion barrels of oil: ministry

Iraq said on Sunday it has discovered deposits of crude equivalent to one billion barrels of oil after the first exploration work by state-owned firms in almost 30 years. The deposits were found after exploration in Maysan province, in southern Iraq near the border with Iran, and could potentially make…

Barbara Walters hospitalized after hitting her head

The veteran American television reporter Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after falling and hitting her head, her employer ABC News said Sunday. “Barbara Walters fell on a stair (Saturday) evening while visiting the British Ambassador’s residence and the fall left her with a cut on her forehead,” ABC News Senior…

Texas attorney general to New York gun owners: ‘Come to the state of Texas’

NRA news host Cam Edwards interviewed Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, who a few days ago invited New Yorkers angry with the state’s new gun control law to head down south. Abbot said that while both New York’s Gov. Cuomo and President Obama want to crack down on a “fundamental”…

Harris-Perry guest: Obama ‘has embraced the framework of the war on terror’

In light of Monday’s inauguration ceremony, Melissa Harris-Perry spent Sunday discussing the past and future of Obama’s presidency. She and fellow MSNBC host Chris Hayes spent one segment debating President Obama’s legacy on the war on terror. Harris-Perry kicked off by citing what she viewed as a positive number: that…

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