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Human body parts rain from the sky in Saudi Arabia

Human body parts fell from the sky in the city of Jeddah Sunday, with police saying they could be the remains of a person trapped in an airplane’s wheel bay. “Police received a telephone call at 2:30 am from a witness reporting the fall of human remains at an intersection…

Steven Seagal considering run for Arizona governor

Steven Seagal apparently doesn’t consider politics out of reach. The actor and martial artist told a Phoenix-area ABC affiliate that he’s willing to reach into the belly of the beast, and considering a run for Arizona governor. Seagal, 61, has been hard to kill as one of sheriff Joe Arpaio’s…

Family of ‘stand your ground’ shooting victim settles civil case with defendant

The family of a teenager killed in 2012 after an argument with an older man over loud music at a Florida gas station has settled their civil suit against the shooter for an undisclosed sum. The Florida Times Union reported Friday that defendant Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer accepted…

New York may loosen medical marijuana laws

New York is planning to loosen its marijuana laws to allow limited use of the drug by people suffering serious illness, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing state officials. The newspaper reported on its website that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo — a long-time opponent of legalizing medical marijuana —…

The robots are coming. How many of us will prosper from the second machine age?

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE Gavin Kelly, The Observer Whether it’s our humdrum reliance on supermarket self-service tills, Siri on our iPhones, the emergence of the drone as a weapon of choice or the impending arrival of the driverless car, intelligent machines are woven into our lives as never before.   It’s…

Vikings launch internal investigation of Kluwe’s claims about homophobia

The Minnesota Vikings, stung by accusations from their recently-released punter Chris Kluwe that the NFL team released its record-holding punter because of his outspoken advocacy for gay rights, have launched an internal investigation into the allegations, the team announced Friday afternoon. “It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to…

Rand Paul announces anti-NSA spying lawsuit

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has launched a wide-ranging class action lawsuit against the Obama administration over its omnibus collection of phone data. Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Friday, Paul said that, theoretically, every American with a cell phone is a potential litigant. The question, he said, is whether…

John Kerry throws more cold water on Keystone XL Pipeline

The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which  has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline…  …

Many residents of Iraq city of Fallujah flee, fearing major Al-Qaeda battle

Many residents have fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah after it was seized by jihadists, while others are preparing to stay through what all fear will be a major battle as security forces push to retake it. Fallujah’s streets are all but empty except for cars navigating alleys in an…

North Carolina’s conservative shift is good for ALEC

The Raleigh News & Observer’s John Frank writes that one side effect of that state’s conservative shift is an increased American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) presence in the North Carolina legislature. ALEC is a conservative organization…  …

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