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Hollywood star Ashley Judd turns down 2014 bid against Sen. Mitch McConnell

The Hollywood actor Ashley Judd disappointed legions of fans – and possibly Republican activists – by announcing on Wednesday that she will not be running for a Senate seat in Kentucky. The star of such hit films as Double Jeopardy and Kiss The Girls has recently been hotly rumoured to…

State Department to hold Keystone pipeline hearing in Nebraska

The US State Department said Wednesday it will hold a public meeting in Nebraska in April on a controversial $5.3 billion Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, just days before a key consultation period ends. The April 18 meeting on the Keystone XL Project will take place in the midwestern US state’s environmentally-sensitive…

U.S. trolling fans of Al Qaeda with online campaign

The United States is deliberately sparring with Al-Qaeda supporters and militants online aiming to shoot down extremist messages and win over hearts and minds, a US official said Wednesday. Seeking out the virtual spaces where “Al-Qaeda and its supporters lurk” is part of America’s strategy to combat violent extremism, Under…

Obama expects Senate immigration bill next month

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he expected the Senate would start debating comprehensive immigration reform next month, putting an optimistic spin on the legislation’s prospects. In an interview with the Univision Spanish-language television station, Obama praised a bipartisan group of Democratic and Republican senators working to come up…

War crimes court jails Bosnian Serb ex-officials for 22 years

The Yugoslav war crimes court on Wednesday jailed for 22 years two former Bosnian Serb officials closely linked to ex-leader Radovan Karadzic, for their roles in a campaign to rid Bosnia of Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs early in the Balkan country’s 1992-95 war. “The trial chamber hereby sentences Mico…

Friendly fire: TSA officer hits six colleagues after mistaking pepper spray for laser pointer

Six security officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport landed in hospital after being hit by pepper spray — fired by one of their own. The Transportation Security Administration agents, responsible for X-ray machines and other vital screening around the US transport network, suffered the friendly spray incident Tuesday…

Bomb explodes near Greek Acropolis

A bomb exploded on Wednesday near the Acropolis, apparently targeting the house of a Greek shipowner, a police source said, adding that there were no immediate reports of injuries. “An anonymous caller contacted a Greek daily at 8:10 pm (1810 GMT) and said the bomb would explode at 8:30 pm…

Who shot Bin Laden? Media feud among Navy SEALs

A new version of the events surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden was unveiled Wednesday sharply contradicting earlier claims by a Navy SEAL who said he pulled the trigger. Esquire magazine published a long interview in February with a man identified only as “the shooter” who said he had…

Colorado theater shooter may plead guilty to avoid death penalty

James Holmes, the suspected gunman in America’s Aurora theater massacre, could plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, lawyers cited by local media said Wednesday. The 25-year-old is due in court Monday for a hearing at which prosecutors are expected to say whether they will seek the death…

Climate change models predict remarkably accurate results

By Duncan Clark, The Guardian Analysis of climate change modelling for past 15 years reveal accurate forecasts of rising global temperatures Forecasts of global temperature rises over the past 15 years have proved remarkably accurate, new analysis of scientists’ modelling of climate change shows. The debate around the accuracy of…

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