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Year of Snake sees serpent sales soar in Hong Kong

As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing. Keeping snakes has become increasingly popular in the densely-populated city in recent years as animal lovers seek out…

Blizzard kills two, grinds U.S. northeast to halt

A ferocious snowstorm pummeled the northeastern United States for a second straight day Saturday, killing at least two people, bringing transportation to a halt and cutting off power to at least half a million customers. The storm dumped more than a foot and a half (about 46 centimeters) of snow…

‘Ferlinghetti’ explores the remarkable life of the poet-painter-activist

'Ferlinghetti' explores the remarkable life of the poet-painter-activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the founder of San Francisco’s legendary City Lights Bookstore.(Henny Ray Abrams/AP) The poet-painter-activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the subject of a wide-ranging knockabout jamboree of a documentary about his life, appropriately titled “Ferlinghetti.” Director Christopher…  …

Barack Obama’s ‘extreme’ anti-terror tactics face liberal backlash

Drone attacks and new NDAA law under fire as critics fear US civil liberties are being undermined President Barack Obama is facing a liberal backlash over his hardline national security policy, which critics say is more extreme and conservative than that pursued by George W Bush. The outrage comes after…

US ‘evaluating’ next steps in Syria conflict but avoids discussing arms support

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States is exploring ways to end Syria’s increasingly bloody conflict as the White House defended its refusal to arm rebels there. The decision not to arm rebels was apparently a divisive one in President Barack Obama’s first term, with several…

‘Lincoln’ screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error pointed out by Connecticut representative

The screenwriter of “Lincoln,” which has 12 Oscar nominations, conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for “15 seconds,” after a lawmaker complained. Democratic Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut said a key scene the film was wrong to suggest that two congressmen from his state…

Moyers: ‘Obama’s cold-blooded use of drones’ shows ‘seeming indifference’ to ‘innocent bystanders’

Bill Moyers criticized the government’s drone program in a video essay as he discussed a new “chilling account” of the “indiscriminate” attacks. On Feb. 5, The New York Times published an article on Obama’s choice to lead the CIA, John Brennan, which began with the story of cleric Salem Ahmed…

Amish leader sentenced to 15 years for beard-cutting attacks

The leader of an Amish cult — who allegedly ordered followers to forcibly cut the beards and hair of those who criticized his leadership — was sentenced to 15 years in prison, reported the Associated Press. The 67-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. was convicted not just of assault but of hate…

Horsemeat lasagna in Britain sparks European food scare

Britain’s horsemeat lasagne food scare spread to several other European countries on Friday as officials said they suspected criminal activity was behind the growing scandal. Swedish food giant Findus withdrew various frozen meals from France and Sweden, a day after withdrawing frozen beef lasagne from sale in Britain that was…

Glenn Beck: Media and Occupy sit ‘closer to the communists’ than Democratic Party

On his program on Thursday night, Glenn Beck illustrated his views on politics and freedom in America — literally. Creating a spectrum of the “scale of freedom,” he argued that “People are fleeing the parties. And they are standing somewhere in-between.” On Beck’s spectrum, the Democratic Party stands close to…

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