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U.S. Air Force looks to train pilots for hi-tech threats

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — For over a decade US fighter pilots have become accustomed to “owning the sky” in wars against insurgents who have no air defenses, but now the air force is trying to get back to basics reminding pilots how to fly against a sophisticated enemy.…

Same sex marriage heads for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Same-sex marriage is headed for consideration by the US Supreme Court ahead of November’s presidential vote in which the hot-button issue pits President Barack Obama against Mitt Romney. “There are multiple cases that are all showing up at the same time,” said Syracuse University constitutional law professor Thomas…

Romney promises to back an Israeli strike on Iran

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would “respect” and back Israel if they decided to attack Iran to prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons, the candidate’s campaign said on Sunday. “If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the…

American climbers found dead in Peru

Search crews discovered the bodies of two American climbers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru, NBC News reports. The two men, 29-year-old Gil Weiss and 32-year-old Ben Horne, fell off a ridge after reaching the west summit of Palcaraju mountain. Their bodies will be recovered Sunday. According to…

House GOP trying to fast-track tax cut bill for wealthy and corporations

The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill designed to turn back the Senate Democrats’ victory earlier this week on Bush-era tax cuts by extending tax cuts for the wealthy and making it harder to modify tax law. According to Think Progress, if the new…

Slow growth leaves White House race wide open

Weak consumer spending stunted US growth in the last quarter, data showed Friday, leaving the race for the White House wide open and putting discussion about more economic stimulus firmly on the Fed’s agenda. The Commerce Department reported second-quarter growth fell to 1.5 percent from 2.0 percent in the previous…

Batman shooter was seeing psychiatrist who specialized in schizophrenia

AURORA, Colorado — The suspected Batman movie premiere gunman was seeing a university psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia before the shooting that killed 12, court documents showed Friday. James Holmes sent a notebook to Lynne Fenton, who teaches at the University of Colorado’s medical school and heads student mental services there,…

Former FL GOP chair says ‘right-wing crazies’ want to suppress black vote

Former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer testified in a lawsuit filed against his former party that “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” wanted to suppress the black vote through Voter ID and tactics like current state Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to purge voter rolls, according to reporting in the the Tampa Bay…

Red Sox mascot ‘Wally’ stolen in audacious mid-afternoon heist

At 2:22 this afternoon, Boston Police were notified about an unusual larceny in progress: a man appeared to have stolen the costume for the Red Sox’s iconic “Wally the Green Monster.” He was spotted several blocks from Fenway Park after the call went into police, reportedly “wandering” around Boylston Street.…

Columbine families plan to reach out to Aurora shooting victims

Relatives of the victims of the Columbine school shooting in Colorado are planning to reach out to those who lost loved ones in the Aurora cinema rampage in the hope of supporting them through the dark days ahead. Several of the families of the 12 school children and one teacher who were killed in…

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