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Prosecutors: Muslim community thwarted 2011 terror plot in Seattle

A man was jailed for 18 years Monday for planning to attack a military recruiting center with machine guns and grenades, as prosecutors thanked the local Muslim community for helping foil the plot. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 34, was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term…

Aerospace lobby hopes to renew NASA with crowd-funded ad campaign

The aerospace lobby has launched a new crowd-funded advertisement campaign to raise awareness about NASA’s space exploration programs. Daniel N. Stohr, the director of communications for the Aerospace Industries Association, told Raw Story on Monday that the campaign was aimed at increasing investments in the space program. “Raising awareness of…

Scientists: Long winter in U.S. the result of melting Arctic ice cap

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold Climate scientists have linked the massive snowstorms and bitter spring weather now being experienced across Britain and large parts of Europe and north America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea…

Protestors call for resignation of official after she blames the family for a child’s rape in day care

Protesters on Monday demanded the resignation of Tunisia’s minister for women’s affairs, Sihem Badi, accusing her of defending a children’s nursery where a three-year-old girl was raped. The protesters, among them relatives of the victim, gathered outside the ministry in Tunis shouting slogans against Badi, including “Minister of shame, get…

Virginia senator announces support for same sex marriage

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on Monday announced his support for same sex marriage in a post on Facebook. “I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do,” he wrote. “Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this…

U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014

Huge numbers of weapons and vehicles and tense relations with nearby countries make task more daunting than Iraq pullout Fighting wars is expensive, but so is winding them down. As the US prepares to ship most of its weapons, vehicles and other equipment home after more than a decade in…

Sunken Nazi U-boat discovered off Norwegian coast by state oil company

The wreck of a German World War II submarine that was sunk with 48 people on board has been found off Norway’s coast during work on an oil pipe, a maritime museum official said Monday. The “U-486″ was torpedoed and broken in two by a British submarine in April 1945…

New report says there are still no federal safety standards for nation’s bioterror defense labs

US labs that research bioterror germs such as anthrax are at risk for accidents because they do not have uniform building and operation standards, a Congressional investigative group said on Monday. A lack of oversight has persisted despite a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office on the same topic,…

Prime Minister signed for the pandas upon their arrival in Toronto

Canada welcomed two cute and furry ambassadors on Monday — giant pandas on loan from China for 10 years to mark a warming of Sino-Canadian ties. Er Shun and Da Mao landed in Toronto after a nearly 24-hour journey from the Research Base For Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China,…

Arkansas governor cites ‘government bureaucracy’ in veto of voter ID bill

Legislation to require voters to provide identification before casting a ballot was vetoed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) on Monday. The governor noted the voter ID law was estimated to cost the state $300,000 to implement this year alone. Beebe also said the proposed law was unnecessary and potentially…

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