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FBI investigating mysterious drone hovering near JFK airport

The FBI is hunting down a UFO. Really. At John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, a pilot reported seeing an unidentified black drone hovering about 2,000 feet from the ground as his plane made its final descent. The drone came within 200 feet of the plane,…

Facebook changes made users share more private data: study

Facebook users began sharing more private data after the social network giant revamped its policies and interface, according to a study released Tuesday. The seven-year study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers said users had been moving toward greater privacy settings from 2005 to 2009, but that the trend reversed with…

Rick Santorum responds to American Atheists: ‘Thank you’ for billboard

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday in a fundraising email he was “thankful” that an atheist group attempting to shame him. The American Atheists purchased seven billboards in Texas to highlight what the group describes as bigotry against atheists. One of the billboards featured Santorum along with his quote,…

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies from cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, silencing the leading voice of the Latin American left and plunging his divided oil-rich nation into an uncertain future. “We have received the toughest and tragic information that… comandante President Hugo Chavez died today at 4:25 pm,” a tearful Vice…

Senate panel approves John Brennan as next CIA director

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday gave its approval for John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA, setting up a full confirmation vote as early as this week. Senators in a closed-door hearing voted 12-3 to approve Brennan, putting him on track to be President Barack…

Protesters chase UK consul out of West Bank campus

BIR ZEIT, Palestinian Territories — Scores of Palestinian students forced the British consul general to make a hasty departure from a West Bank university campus on Tuesday, witnesses and an AFP correspondent said. Consul General Sir Vincent Fean had travelled to Bir Zeit University near Ramallah to deliver a lecture…

Dow Jones reaches highest point since Great Depression

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones Industrial Average powered to an all-time record high Tuesday exactly four years after hitting bottom in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. After more than doubling its value in a steady march upward since March 2009, the Dow assaulted the record from…

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius blasts father for ‘racist’ gun comments

JOHANNESBURG — The family of murder suspect Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday rejected his father’s claim that white South Africans need to own guns because the ANC government does not protect them. Henke Pistorius had claimed his family’s 55 guns were for hunting and for protection amid high crime levels that…

Soviet soldier who disappeared 30 years ago found on Afghanistan battlefield

A Soviet soldier who disappeared more than 30 years ago on the battlefield in Afghanistan has been found alive and well and living under the name of Sheikh Abdullah in the western Afghan city of Herat. Russian officials attempting to trace soldiers still missing from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan said they…

3D technology brings medieval books to life

AFP – Precious mediaeval books, usually displayed in glass cases and touchable only with gloves, can now be read in glorious 3D, thanks to a system unveiled Tuesday at the world’s top tech fair. With the 3D interactive book explorer, developed by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, users browse through the sinewy…

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