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Kansas grain elevator explodes, killing at least three

CHICAGO — Three people were dead and three others missing following a massive explosion at a grain storage facility in the midwestern state of Kansas, a fire official told AFP Sunday. The huge blast late Saturday at a grain elevator at the Bartlett Grain Company in the town of Atchison…

38 arrested at ‘Occupy Austin’ protest

Thirty-eight “Occupy Austin” protesters were arrested outside City Hall on Sunday during two confrontations with the Austin Police Department, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The confrontation began when police moved into the City Hall plaza to enforce new rules banning food tables between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The “Occupy…

Cain defends accusing Planned Parenthood of ‘planned genocide’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is standing by his assertion that reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood is carrying out the “planned genocide” of African Americans. In a March speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation, Cain said the organization’s mission was to “help kill black babies before they came into…

White House responds to marijuana legalization petition

Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, responded Friday to an extremely popular marijuana legalization petition on the White House’s “We the People” site. He responded to the petition by stating that the legalization of marijuana would not resolve the problems associated with…

More than two dozen people arrested at ‘Occupy Portland’ demonstration

More than two dozen people were arrested Sunday morning as “Occupy Portland” protesters tried to expand into Jamison Square Park. The protesters were arrested after refusing police orders to leave the park, which closed at midnight. They were charged with criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct,…

Cain: Smoking ‘dangerous’ and ‘not a cool thing’

CBS host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain Sunday for an online ad that prominently features his top advisor smoking a cigarette. Cain explained that while he doesn’t personally smoke, he didn’t have a problem with Mark Block’s smoking hadbit: “I don’t have a problem if that’s his…

Chris Wallace to Rick Perry: Your jobs plan is ‘terrible’

Fox News’ Chris Wallace told Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry that his goal of creating 2.5 million jobs in his first term was “terrible.” In Perry’s first campaign TV ad last week, the candidate promised to create at least 2.5 million jobs over four years. “Governor, here’s what I don’t…

Deadly early snowstorms hit U.S. northeast

NEW YORK — Freezing conditions hit the US East Coast on Sunday after a rare October snowstorm and icy rain reportedly killed at least three people, sparked long airport delays and caused massive power outages. The “historic early season” snowstorm wrought havoc on air, rail and road traffic from Washington…

U.S. to boost Gulf presence after Iraq pullout: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is planning to bolster its military presence in the Gulf after it pulls out its remaining troops from Iraq, the New York Times reported in its online edition on Sunday. President Barack Obama said on October 21 that he had decided to withdraw all…

U.S. secretly flying drones out of Ethiopia: WaPo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has been secretly flying drones from a civilian airport in southern Ethiopia as part of an aggressive campaign against al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The paper said in its online edition that Washington has invested…

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