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Bob Dylan defends himself against ‘wussies’ plagiarism accusations

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan defended himself Thursday against suggestions that he plagiarized some of his lyrics, calling accusers complaining “wussies.” “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing,” Dylan, 71, said in an interview to be published Friday in Rolling Stone magazine. Dylan, whose 35th studio album…

7-foot-4 Great Dane becomes world’s tallest dog

A Great Dane who towers 2.2 metres (7 feet 4 inches) on his hind legs is named the tallest dog ever recorded in the latest Guinness Book of World Records launched on Thursday. The giant canine from Michigan in the United States eats an entire 14-kilogram (30-pound) bag of food…

Memorial honors Neil Armstrong

Top NASA officials, fellow astronauts, relatives and others paid a final tribute to Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, in a somber memorial Thursday at the Washington National Cathedral. The service opened with bagpipers, who led Armstrong’s relatives in a procession through the packed church, followed by a…

How Buzz Aldrin’s surreal communion on the moon was hushed up

As Neil Armstrong’s memorial takes place, it’s good to remember why Nasa kept Aldrin’s surreal lunar ceremony under wraps Neil Armstrong will be remembered at Washington National Cathedral today. It’s a good moment to look at one eccentric Apollo story: the tale of Aldrin’s hushed-up communion on the moon. Before…

Benefits of thorium as alternative nuclear fuel are ‘overstated’: report

A report on thorium’s potential says the UK should continue to research the technology but downplays proponents’ claims The benefits of an alternative nuclear fuel that could offer a safer and more abundant alternative to the uranium that powers conventional reactors have been “overstated”, according a new government report on…

Affordable Care Act has saved consumers $2.1 billion on insurance premiums

Obama’s health-care law saved Americans $2.1 billion: Is it working? President Obama’s health-care reform law saved American consumers $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums in the past year, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday. It is proof, she said, that the program is helping to make “the…

U.S. lawmakers call for end to China’s forced organ harvesting

US lawmakers called Wednesday for pressure on China to stop the use of organs from executed inmates, as experts charged that transplants had become a business that may target prisoners of conscience. At a congressional hearing, experts said the United States could act by restricting its citizens from seeking suspicious…

Obama says terror will not dim light of U.S. values

President Barack Obama says no act of terror would dim the values America offers the world, following assaults on US diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt. Obama offered a passionate and patriotic defense of US values after his Republican election foe Mitt Romney accused his administration of apologizing for American…

Yemeni protesters storm U.S. embassy before being expelled

Yemeni protesters on Thursday stormed the American embassy complex before being driven out by police, an AFP reporter said, as angry Muslim protests grew over a film mocking Islam. All protesters who breached the fence of the US mission in Sanaa have been ejected, the correspondent reported, as security forces…

British Foreign Secretary Hague says in Iraq Assad regime ‘doomed’

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday in a visit to the Iraqi capital that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is “doomed” and should not survive. “We believe that the Assad regime is doomed, that it is not possible for it to survive, and so many crimes (have been)…

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