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Alfred Harmsworth: The press baron and propagandist who led charge into World War I

By John Jewell, Cardiff University In his diaries, cataloguing his time as communications director at Number 10 during the premiership of Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell notes that in the week before the fateful vote on Iraq in March 2003, Rupert Murdoch phoned Blair three times. Campbell writes that Murdoch warned…

How small birds evolved from giant meat eating dinosaurs

By Mike Lee and Gareth Dyke, University of Southampton Spectacular transitional fossils, many from northern China, provide overwhelming evidence that dinosaurs evolved into birds and thus didn’t all perish when the deadly meteorite struck at the end of the Cretaceous period. We now know that many bipedal, meat-eating dinosaurs (theropods)…

Massachusetts lawmakers pass bill tightening state gun laws

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts lawmakers on Friday tightened the state’s already strict gun laws by passing a measure that gives police chiefs authority to turn down a resident’s requests to buy a rifle or shotgun if they believe the person may be a danger. House lawmakers overrode…

Scott Brown poised to become first Senate candidate ever to lose twice to women

Republican Scott Brown could become the first candidate in the history of the United States Senate to lose twice to women, Smart Politics reports. Brown is widely believed to be the frontrunner in the Republican New Hampshire primary, and if he becomes the nominee, he will face Democrat Jeanne Shaheen…

Israel army says Gaza truce over after soldier snatched

Israeli forces in the southern Gaza Strip are searching for a missing soldier they fear may have been captured by militants at the start of a new ceasefire Friday, the army said. The United Nations said two soldiers had been reported killed, apparently during the same firefight that led to…

FL man convicted of murder after tossing 3-month-old out of car window on the freeway

A Florida man was convicted of murder on Thursday for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window along a Florida highway, killing the infant instantly. Richard McTear, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder and four other felonies: burglary with assault and battery, aggravated child abuse, battery and kidnapping,…

Transgender immigrant woman raped at private prison in Arizona, activists say

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Rights activists called on Thursday for the immediate release of a transgender women allegedly raped by her cellmate at an Arizona immigrant detention center, accusing authorities of refusing to provide for her safety. The activists say immigration and detention center officials have shown they…

Idaho police fulfill unruly man’s request: ‘Tase me motherf*ckers!’

Police in Twin Falls, Idaho report that a man involved in a violent altercation demanded that arriving officers “tase” him — and that the officers fulfilled his request. According the Times-News, Michael K. Brubaker was involved in a physical altercation in front of 320 Maine Street. When officers arrived, Brubaker…

Legendary music producer Brian Eno says funding Israel is like funding the KKK

Acclaimed producer and musical artist Brian Eno has written a letter accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and asking why the United States would continue to support what he considers “a ragingly racist theocracy.”…

Scientists revolt against one of Europe’s most ambitious research projects: Human Brain Project

Dissenters are threatening to boycott a $1.6 billion attempt to simulate the brain’s workings.…

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