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Democrat Edward Markey wins Massachusetts seat in Senate

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Veteran Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts on Tuesday won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry and helped Democrats maintain their majority in the chamber. Markey claimed victory in a post on his official campaign Twitter page, saying: “Thank you Massachusetts! I am…

‘Overly attached girlfriend’ worried about purity? Attachment styles predict moral concerns

You can predict a person’s “moral compass” based on their insecurities about attachments to others, new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science has found. “To our knowledge, these are the first studies to demonstrate that attachment style contributes to variation in moral concerns and judgment and that this…

Astronomers find three potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby star

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A neighbor star has at least six planets in orbit, including three circling at the right distance for water to exist, a condition believed to be necessary for life, scientists said on Tuesday. Previously, the star known as Gliese 667C was found…

Ecuador fears U.S. economic retaliation over Edward Snowden case

Ecuador’s decision to study the asylum petition of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has angered the opposition and sparked fears that the United States could retaliate by hitting Ecuadoran exports. The small South American nation has been at the center of the international drama involving the former National Security Agency…

Jury in George Zimmerman trial shown graphic photos of Trayvon Martin’s body

Graphic photographs of Trayvon Martin’s body lying face-up on the grass of a Florida housing estate were shown to a jury Tuesday afternoon as testimony continued in neighbourhood watch leader George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial. The pictures, including close-ups of Martin’s face, his prostrate body and the single gunshot wound…

Rep. Darrell Issa accuses IRS contractor of making false statements

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia company inappropriately secured contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service based on false statements and personal ties to an IRS official, the top Republican investigator in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday. A report issued…

White House threatens to veto House’s agricultural funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto the agricultural funding bill awaiting debate in the House, saying it would weaken regulation of the futures market and might force the furlough of meat inspectors, shutting down meat processing plants. The White House said in a statement that…

Israel resists U.S. calls for establishment of Palestinian state

Just days before Washington’s top diplomat returns to push for a resumption of direct peace talks, a growing number of Israeli ministers are openly expressing their opposition to the two-state solution. US Secretary of State John Kerry due to hold a fresh round of talks on Thursday with Prime Minister…

Federal appeals court to hear oral arguments in net neutrality case next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic. The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit…

Barney Frank mocks the rantings and ravings of Bill O’Reilly

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D) recently described appearing on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor as a degrading experience. Frank told HuffPost Live that Bill O’Reilly liked to think of himself as a “tough” guy, but the Fox News host was really a “total jerk” who controlled his guests’ microphones.…

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