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EPA scientist who warned of caustic dust from Ground Zero wins job back

A government scientist sacked for exposing the dangers to firefighters from the caustic air at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11 got her job back on Monday. A federal court ordered that Cate Jenkins, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency, be reinstated to her job with back pay.…

Fortune 500 companies have record profits of $825 billion in 2011

The 500 largest US companies piled up record profits last year, despite a lackluster economy, and energy giant ExxonMobil ousted Wal-Mart as the biggest revenue maker, Fortune magazine said Monday. The combined earnings of the Fortune 500 corporations rose 16 percent from 2010 to a record high of $825 billion…

86 percent of smartphone owners rely on devices for ‘key activities’

More Americans can’t live without their smartphones anymore. A study released Monday shows people using their mobile devices increasingly to settle a dispute, coordinate a meeting, find a restaurant or get emergency information. The Pew Internet & American Life Project said 70 percent of all cell phone owners and 86…

‘Truck nuts’ lead to arrest of Mexican immigrant

A Mexican immigrant was arrested in South Carolina on Sunday after he was stopped by police because “pair of large fleshy testicles” were hanging from his truck. According to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputy J.R. Moore was on routine patrol when he spotted Joe…

Cornell students using ‘Trayvon’ as a racial slur

The Sigma Pi fraternity at Cornell University threw objects and made a reference to the late Trayvon Martin at black students Sunday morning, according to the school’s Cornell Daily Sun. Sophomore student Beverly Fonkwo was walking home with her friend when a group from the fraternity group’s house began to…

Afghan refugee sues Georgia Republican officials for ‘terrorist’ slander

Sehar Hekmati (pictured, center), a Republican activist from Georgia who came to the United States from Afghanistan as a child, filed a lawsuit last week (PDF) against several county level Republican officials, accusing them of slandering her as a “terrorist” and a “felon” in a recorded conversation, emails circulated to other…

Chuck Todd: ‘Gay money has replaced Wall Street money’ for Obama

NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd on Monday predicted that President Barack Obama would announce his support for marriage equality before the November election because LGBT donors had become more important to his campaign than Wall Street donors. The MSNBC host said he believes that it’s no coincidence that…

Train smashes through big rig full of cotton in NC

Video has emerged of a train in North Carolina ripping in half a tractor-trailer full of cotton. A woman can be heard screaming in terror as the train quickly approaches the big rig stuck on the tracks in Kings Mountain on Friday. The driver and passenger are seen running to…

Colombian prostitute: Secret Service agents were ‘stupid brutes’

In her first television interview with U.S. media, the Colombian prostitute at the center of a scandal with U.S. Secret Service agents says that President Barack Obama’s advance team was more concerned with partying than security. “These seem like completely stupid, idiotic people,” Dania Londono Suarez told NBC’s Michelle Kosinski.…

American kidnapped in Pakistan appears in Qaeda video

Elderly US development worker Warren Weinstein has appeared in an Al-Qaeda video for the first time since he was kidnapped inPakistan just days before he meant to return home last August. The two minute, 40 second video was posted on jihadist forums by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab on Sunday, according to the US monitoring service SITE. There is no…

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