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Video games really are art, MoMA says

Video games really are art, MoMA says The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, has finally confirmed what gaming geeks have known for years: That the best video games are fine art.  Beginning in March of next year, the MoMA will mount a permanent exhibition in its Philip Johnson Galleries,…

For Amish, fastest-growing faith group in U.S., life is changing

For Amish, fastest-growing faith group in US, life is changing For Jacob Beachy, life moves along much as it always has. Every day, there are the 35 cows that need tending, as well as 90 acres of farmland. His is the life of an Amish farmer, in which family, work,…

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on ‘old’ party reputation

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on 'old' party reputation Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office today, but when Mexicans chose him as president in July, they voted for more than just a presidential platform. Voters elected to bring back to power a party that ran the…

Top secret British colonial files missing, some potentially destroyed

Some 170 boxes of top secret files on Britain’s former colonial administrations have gone missing, while those relating to Singapore may have been destroyed in the 1990s, the government said Friday. In a statement to parliament, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister David Lidington said the department knew the files had…

Facebook page tracking sex offenders infringes human rights, says Irish judge

A Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles has been removed after a judge in Northern Ireland ruled that it risked infringing the human rights of a convicted sex offender. The man, who cannot be identified, started legal proceedings against the social networking site after discovering his photograph and threatening…

Three dead after campus attack at Wyoming college

Three people are dead, including the suspect who apparently committed suicide, after an attack in Casper, Wyo., according to the Casper Tribune. One victim and the suspect, both men, were found dead in a classroom in the physical science building at Casper College, while the other victim, a woman, was…

Star Wars museum auctioning almost 2,000 action figures

If your action figure shelves are looking a little paltry, one nonprofit is offering the chance for a lucky bidder to instantly balloon his or her collection — and seriously nerd out on some Star Wars memorabilia. The nonprofit Star Wars museum Rancho Obi-Wan is auctioning off 1,950 Star Wars…

U.S. birth rate hits record low, plummets especially among immigrant women

The U.S. birth rate, calculated as the annual number of births per 1,000 women between 15-44, hit an all-time low in 2011, reported Pew Research, largely attributed to the Great Recession. While final data are not available, the rate hit 63.2 per 1,000 women last year — the lowest since…

Rep. Gohmert: GOP can ‘leverage’ debt ceiling to force concessions

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on Friday that Republicans could use the debt ceiling as “leverage” in negotiations with the president on Sean Hannity’s radio show, reported the Huffington Post. “We do have leverage because early next year the debt ceiling gets reached,” Gohmert explained. “And this president has got…

North Korean news agency claims ‘unicorn lair’ of ancient leader discovered

Normally, North Korea’s official state news agency is the place to go for reports ranging from the reclusive totalitarian state’s unparalleled scientific achievements to the limitless love which its inhabitants reserve for their successive leaders. Yet in what appears to be a genuine world exclusive, the inimitable Korean Central News…

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