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Angela Merkel fractures pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and has cancelled several meetings in the next three weeks, her spokesman said Monday. Steffen Seibert told reporters that Merkel had suffered a fractured pelvis, “which makes it necessary for her to lie down a lot…

Naked Aussie gets stuck in washing machine

A naked Australian man was left red-faced after getting stuck in a washing machine during a game of hide and seek, after police had to grease him up with olive oil to get him out. The man clambered into the top-loader machine on Saturday afternoon at his home north of…

New Bruce Springsteen album ‘High Hopes’ available on Internet-only pre-release Monday night

Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album “High Hopes” went online in the United States, nine days before its general release — and on the 41st anniversary of The Boss’s debut outing. Television network CBS had announced it would host the Internet-only pre-release at www.cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife/springsteen after the conclusion of this week’s episode…

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd catch Japanese fleet slaughtering four whales inside sanctuary

Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary. Sea Shepherd said it had located all five Japanese vessels and was now in pursuit, forcing…

Post analysis shows Koch brothers raised $400 million for shadow political network

An analysis by The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics published Sunday revealed that Koch Industries-backed entities operating in the opaque world of political dark money raised more than $400 million during the 2012 election cycle largely from anonymous donors. The Post and CRP examined 17 conservative groups…

Study: No, you can’t tell if someone is a good hire from their Facebook profile

The conventional management wisdom for the last 18 months — based on earlier studies — has held that a job candidate’s social media profile can tell a smart personnel manager which person will be a good employee and which will not. Well … not so fast. Researchers at three universities…

Wyoming law creates perverse incentive to drive high when coming from Colorado

ThinkProgress took a look at the legal penalties a cannabis tourist in Colorado faces when coming over the border to Wyoming, after the state patrol in Wyoming posted a stern Facebook message warning people to leave their weed behind. “Individuals who have in their possession 3 ounces or less may…

‘Polar vortex’ descends — the freeze is on

Much of the United States’ Midwest was braced on Sunday for a blast of Arctic air that could bring some of the coldest temperatures in two decades before heading to the Northeast. A so-called “polar vortex” will affect more than half of the continental US over the next couple of…

Report: Robert Mugabe has collapsed

A mysterious Zimbabwean party insider with a bounty on his head for anonymous postings within the country wrote yesterday that President Robert Mugabe had collapsed in illness, and that security around the capitol had been tightened. Post by Baba Jukwa. The post from the person known only as Baba Jukwa,…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doesn’t know how to make Republicans more appealing

On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, host Candy Crowley asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) why unemployed Americans, or workers making minimum wage, would become Republicans. “If I am an unemployed American and or if I am a minimum wage worker and I hear from Republicans that, ‘You…

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