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Science fiction legend Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, whose dystopian works served as cautionary tales about perilous futures and reflected the anxieties of post-war America, has died at the age of 91. Bradbury’s publisher HarperCollins confirmed his death on Tuesday in Los Angeles after an unspecified “lengthy illness,” as tributes poured in from…

Florida man arrested for trying to ‘eat’ police officer

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has tried to assure Americans that the country is not facing a threat from zombies, but this was probably little comfort for the North Miami Beach police officer who a homeless man threatened to “eat” over the weekend. Arrest reports obtained by NBC Miami…

Bradley Manning seeks dismissal of 10 charges in Wikileaks case

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning appeared at a military court outside Washington Wednesday for a pretrial hearing at which his lawyers were seeking dismissal of 10 of the 22 counts against him. A frail-looking Manning was seated between two members of his defense team as the hearing got underway after an…

Colorado mom takes toddler out of baby seat and straps in gas can

A police officer in Aurora, Colorado was shocked last week to find a toddler sitting unbuckled in the back of his mother’s car — and a gas can strapped in to the safety seat where the child should have been. On Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation posted a photo…

Cincinnati school hires gay teacher, then fires him for being gay

Cincinnati musician and music teacher Jonathan Zeng was thrilled when he was offered a job at Cincinnati Hills, a K-8 non-denominational Christian school. According to the blog Towleroad, however, Zeng was decidedly less thrilled when school officials called him back for a second interview on the same day, asked if…

Palin: Walker win proves austerity ‘will help our nation’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) says that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Tuesday win is proof that austerity measures “will help our nation” and that “thugs” in union leadership were the ones that really needed to be recalled. “It’s good and encouraging news,” Palin told Fox News host Greta Van…

Woman slaps Barrett over concession to Walker

A woman was caught on video slapping Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) on Tuesday night because she felt that he was too quick to concede to Gov. Scott Walker (R). The woman asked Barrett if she could slap him because she was upset that he conceded while she still believed…

Walker survives Wisconsin recall

US Republicans claimed a “momentous victory” after Wisconsin’s union-busting Republican governor survived a recall election aimed at ousting him mid-term. Governor Scott Walker prompted mass protests — and ultimately, Tuesday’s rare special election — after pushing through legislation last year to radically curb the power of public sector unions. Late…

Bilderberg 2012: Mitt Romney and Bill Gates were there

Another conference over. Charlie Skelton talks to some of the 800 activists outside the gates to find out what they learned What a Bilderberg it’s been. Big names, big money, big decisions, big crowds. Somewhere around 800 activists outside the gates (up from about a dozen in 2009), and inside?…

Prop. 8: appeals courts set stage for Supreme Court review of gay marriage

Prop. 8: appeals courts set stage for Supreme Court review of gay marriage (via The Christian Science Monitor) An escalating showdown over gay rights in America appears to be heading inevitably to the US Supreme Court. Two major appeals court cases dealing with same-sex marriage are poised for possible review…

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