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Pentagon’s research agency developing next generation of navigation technology to replace GPS

The US army is working to limit its dependence on GPS by developing the next generation of navigation technology, including a tiny autonomous chip, the director of the Pentagon’s research agency said Wednesday. DARPA, the research group behind a range of spy tech and which helped invent the Internet, was…

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was added to classified terrorist database 18 months ago

Amid accusations of intelligence failings, officials admit Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on list of known and suspected terrorists The name of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was added to a terrorist database by the federal government 18 months before the deadly explosions, it has emerged, adding to pressure on authorities already…

Mars ‘penis’ draws snickers from across the Internet

NASA’s rovers spin in place to explore the red planet; sometimes hilarious drawings of penises result. We knew “John Carter” was a flop for Disney, and now we know why. Perhaps the action sci-fi movie about a Martian war needed less phallic images if we’re to believe our browsers today……

Bush ‘comfortable’ with decision to invade Iraq

Former US president George W. Bush urged his younger brother Jeb to aim for the White House in a 2016 campaign that could enshrine his family as America’s ultimate political dynasty. “He’d be a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so,” Bush said, when asked about Jeb’s presidential prospects…

Memorial held for MIT officer as Boston bombing investigation continues

Thousands of police officers from across the US gathered at a memorial for the university police officer allegedly killed by the Boston bombing suspects on Wednesday, as information continued to emerge on the blasts that killed three and wounded 262 people. US vice-president Joe Biden spoke at the service, describing…

Canadian official attacks U.S. climatologist James Hansen over Keystone pipeline

Canada’s natural resources minister, Joe Oliver, rarely bothers to hide his dislike for critics of the country’s carbon-heavy tar sands or the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But it still came as a surprise to hear Oliver lash out at one of America’s pre-eminent scientists, climatologist James Hansen, during a visit…

Boston suspects planned to party in New York after bombing

The brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks on the Boston marathon planned to head to Manhattan to party after the explosions, New York City’s police chief said Wednesday. Either Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev apparently said “Manhattan” in a conversation overheard by the driver of the sports utility vehicle…

Mexican teachers set fire in local ruling party office

Teachers angered at education reform stormed the offices of political parties in southwestern Mexico on Wednesday, breaking windows and setting fire inside the ruling party’s local headquarters. Thousands of members of the CETEG teachers’ union, joined by farmers and student groups, marched in the capital of Guerrero state, Chilpancingo, while…

Rhode Island on the verge of legalizing same-sex marriage

Rhode Island is virtually assured to become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Rhode Island Senate voted 26-12 on Wednesday to approve legislation that would allow same-sex couples to legally marry in the state as early as August 1. “This is a historic piece of legislation, one that…

House Republicans blame Hillary Clinton for deadly Benghazi attack

A report by the US Congress on Wednesday faulted former secretary of state Hillary Clinton over the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi, saying she rejected requests for greater security. The report by the Republican chairmen of five committees in the House of Representatives said that the Democratic…

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