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Joe Paterno loses his halo

A famous mural on the campus of Penn State University is making several alterations reflecting the results of the report detailing its’ leaders’ failure to prevent Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, NBC News reports. Among the university luminaries seen on the mural on the university bookstore are former university president Graham Spanier…

Adviser claims Romney ‘retired retroactively’ from Bain

A senior adviser for Mitt Romney says that President Barack Obama will “say or do anything” to keep his job, including accusing the presumptive Republican presidential candidate of being in charge of Bain Capital when they helped send American jobs to China and other countries. Ed Gillespie on Sunday lashed…

Bill Kristol: Romney ‘crazy’ not to release tax returns

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Sunday called on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to follow in his father’s footsteps and release more than just one or two years of tax returns. “He should release the tax returns tomorrow,” the neoconservative pundit told Fox News’ Brit Hume. “It’s crazy.…

Japan offers glimpse of history in MacArthur’s office

For six years US General Douglas MacArthur was lord of all he surveyed as supreme commander of the Allied forces in occupied Japan, gazing over Tokyo from a building requisitioned from an insurance company. Now, more than 60 years after Japan began governing itself again, his office is being opened…

FDA spied extensively on its scientists’ private emails

The Food and Drug Administration carried out a broad spying operation on some of its own scientists’ private emails, creating something akin to an enemies list of employees who had complained to Congress, journalists and others, according to documents uncovered by the New York Times. According to the Times, the…

Bill Murray’s minor league baseball team to celebrate atheism night

For one night, Minnesota’s St. Paul Saints will become the St. Paul Aints as the independent league baseball team celebrates atheism and other assorted skepticism with their Night of Unbelievable Fun. Sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists and American Atheists, the team will don special jerseys with the usual “Saints” script replaced…

Iowa Republican says government illegitimate, declares herself U.S. Senator

An Iowa woman who was running for a state Senate seat has dropped that bid after deciding the U.S. government is a sham, and has instead unilaterally declared herself a U.S. Senator from the Republic of Iowa in an alternative government, the Republic for the United States of America. As…

Scranton, Pennsylvania: where even the mayor is on minimum wage

With shrinking tax revenues, industrial decline and a political stand-off, the town is a symbol of a nation’s crisis – some of it self-inflicted. Paul Harris reports Scranton is the setting for the hit American version of the sitcom The Office. Not many people in this beleaguered city are laughing…

Judge saves Mississippi’s only abortion clinic …for now

Judge saves Mississippi’s only abortion clinic … for now A federal judge on Friday allowed Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic to stay open by giving it time to adjust to a new state law that beefs up professional requirements for the Jackson facility’s staff. But so far, the clinic has…

Bonnie and Clyde guns up for auction

Concealed handguns carried by infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow when they were fatally ambushed in Louisiana in 1934 are coming up for auction in New England. Parker’s Colt Detective Special .38 revolver and Barrow’s Colt Model 1911 Government Model semi-automatic pistol are the marquee items going on the…

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