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Ukraine jets downed near MH17 site by ‘missile from Russia’

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down Wednesday in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed were hit by missiles fired from Russian soil, Ukraine’s military said. “According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,” Kiev’s National Security and Defence Council said in a statement. The…

US renews ban on flights to Israel: A ‘potentially hazardous situation’

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday renewed its ban on American flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours, citing the “potentially hazardous situation” in Israel and Gaza. It first imposed the ban on Tuesday, then renewed it at 1615 GMT with a Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, that…

Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor in re-election dead heat with rivals

Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is in a dead heat with two other contenders in the Canadian city’s upcoming municipal election, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The latest survey of voters’s intentions by Forum Poll showed Ford has held onto his core support of 27 percent, despite revelations…

Anti-immigrant activist: refugee kids worse than ‘anything that al Qaeda could blow up’

Appearing on Tea Party News Network broadcast earlier this month, the head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC asserted that undocumented immigrants are more dangerous than “anything that Al Qaeda could blow up, short of a nuclear detonation,” according to Right Wing Watch. William Gheen, who recently urged followers…

Ted Nugent lashes out at ‘unclean vermin’ after Idaho Native American tribe cancels his concert

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent on Tuesday responded to the news that an Idaho Native American tribe had canceled one of his upcoming concerts by lashing out at the “unclean vermin” who made it happen. “The Motor City Madman” had been schedule to perform for Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho…

Kansas man charged with murder after kidnapped 5-year-old girl dies in police chase

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl, who was found dead after a police chase, was charged on Wednesday with first-degree felony murder in the child’s death, authorities said. Marcus McGowan, 30, also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a…

US proposes new safety standards for moving crude oil by rail after explosive accidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail, after a number of explosive accidents over the past year. The draft rules, which are subject to a 60-day public comment period, propose new tank-car braking…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: US must ‘sink lower’ before Congress will opt to protect the planet

In an exclusive interview with Salon, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about his role as a scientist, how the media presents scientific breakthroughs, and about how climate change will have to get worse before citizens force their elected representatives to do anything about it. Tyson explained that he doesn’t see…

NYC police to overhaul training methods after cops kill man with chokehold

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – All New York City police officers are expected to undergo retraining in the wake of a man’s death on a city sidewalk shortly after he was placed in a chokehold by officers, Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, said on Tuesday. The dying moments…

Scientists urge US to change its ‘national vision’ to curb coastal risks

(Reuters) – A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday. Urging a “national vision” toward addressing coastal risks, the report…

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