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Charred remains confirmed to be Christopher Dorner

Human remains found in a burnt-out mountain cabin in California have been confirmed as those of alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner, the local sheriff and coroner’s office said. The 33-year-old was cornered Tuesday after a six-day manhunt in the cabin near the Big Bear ski resort, two hours east of Los…

GAO report: Obama acting too slowly on climate change

The US government is exposed to high risk from climate change, and Barack Obama has not moved fast enough to manage those new dangers, the government auditor said on Thursday. The report from the Government Accountability Office said the government had “significant” financial exposure to climate change. The GAO review,…

One in five reptile species in danger of extinction

Almost one in five of the world’s reptile species are in danger of extinction as their habitats are cleared away for farming and logging, a report said Friday. An assessment by more than 200 experts of 1,500 randomly-selected species of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and other reptiles, found that 19…

Obama: There must be ‘checks and balances’ on drone strikes

President Barack Obama said Thursday that Americans needed more than just his word to be assured he was not misusing his powers in waging a secret drone war overseas. The president was asked about the debate over the deadly tactic, a backbone of the US campaign against Al-Qaeda, and whether…

Common Cause: Hagel fiasco shows need to repeal Senate’s filibuster rule

The advocacy group Common Cause blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for delaying the confirmation vote on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. “Senators have every right to oppose Sen. Hagel’s nomination and to fully air their reasons for doing so. But there is no justification — none at all — for…

Tesla battles New York Times reporter over allegedly ‘disastrous’ test drive

The world of electric cars is usually seen as one of mildly eccentric do-gooders striving to solve the world’s all-too real addiction to fossil fuels by developing vehicles that can be recharged with a plug. But a New York Times test drive of a new model of Tesla electric sports…

Reid: Blocking of Hagel ‘one of the saddest spectacles I have witnessed’

US Senate Republicans successfully blocked Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next Pentagon chief on Thursday, forcing a 10-day delay in his confirmation vote. By a vote of 58-40 with one member voting present, Democrats failed to overcome a procedural roadblock put up by Republicans who had demanded…

U.S. general troubled by ‘fragile’ state of Iraq

Sectarian tensions and political discord in Iraq signal a “troubling” trend in the country since US troops withdrew a year ago, a top American general warned on Thursday. Iraq has remained stable but “fragile,” said General Lloyd Austin, who was the last US commander in Iraq before all his forces…

Singer Chubby Checker sues HP over penis-measuring app

A lawyer acting for Chubby Checker — the musical legend behind “The Twist” — has announced a lawsuit against tech-giant Hewlett-Packard for using the singer’s name for a penis-measuring app. In a statement this week, attorney Willie Gary said the suit named HP and its subsidiary Palm, for marketing the…

Panetta on Hagel delay: Let me ‘get the hell out of town’ already

With a feuding Senate holding up approval of his successor, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday joked that he hoped he would be allowed “to get the hell out of town” and retire as planned. At an event honoring recently retired Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 74-year-old Panetta said…

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