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Top 5 suggested attractions for the Ark Encounters Theme Park

Between a 30-year property tax break, a county development grant and a 10-year package of state tax incentives, the Ark Encounters theme park seems set to open on time and under budget in 2014. The project, which is partially owned by the same people that brought us the Creation Museum,…

U.S. questions China over new aircraft carrier

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it would like China to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier amid broader US concerns about Beijing’s lack of transparency over its military aims. “We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of…

Tattoos linked to rare skin infection

WASHINGTON — At least two men may have come down with a rare bacterial skin infection that is hard to treat with antibiotics after getting tattoos at a store in Seattle, US health authorities said Wednesday. One 44-year-old man was confirmed to have a case of Mycobacterium haemophilum after getting…

Obama will not cancel vacation over economic woes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has no plans to cancel his summer vacation to deal with the US debt crisis and market turmoil sparked by fears over Europe’s finances, the White House said Wednesday. The president is due to head to his normal summer vacation spot on Martha’s Vineyard, an…

Perry claims stimulus ‘failed,’ neglecting to note its usefulness to Texas

The federal stimulus program that many experts agree kept the U.S. economy running in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis was especially valuable to Texas, which accepted more aid dollars than any other state apart from California, using them to close nearly 97 percent of its budget deficit last…

Ron Paul: We’ve done everything wrong since 1987

Speaking to a crowd in New York, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said that the United States was now cleaning up a mess that started in 1987. “We’ve done everything wrong since 1987 or 1988,” Paul, who is running for President of the United States, said. “We spend too much, we…

U.S. Republicans name anti-taxers to debt panel

President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the US Congress on Wednesday named tax foes and a “Tea Party” ally to a new “supercommittee” where the next round of bitter US debt battles will play out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s choices — like…

Baltimore teacher: No Child Left Behind must be left behind

Muriel Berkeley, president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project, said that the U.S. needs to reform the way it thinks about public education, as well as education legislation itself. President Barack Obama’s proposed overhaul of No Child Left Behind is a good start, but not enough. The BCP is a non-profit…

Kentucky city gives Bible theme park a 75% tax break

A Kentucky city has agreed to give a staggering 75 percent property tax discount to a biblical theme park that will feature a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark. The tax breaks provided by the Grant County city of Williamstown would span 30 years, according to The Lexington Herald-Leader. That is…

Fresno County moves to shut down medical marijuana shops

Officials in Fresno County, California voted last night in favor of a controversial measure that bans all distribution of medical marijuana and forces production into warehouses along the county’s industrial areas. Growers and sellers are almost certain to challenge the ordinance in court, arguing that it violates the state law’s…

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