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Hundreds of dead birds litter Arkansas town for second year in a row

Officials in Arkansas are urging calm after hundreds of dead birds were found littering yards and streets in Beebe, Arkansas for the second New Year’s Eve in a row. The same thing happened last year, when thousands of dead birds were found in Beebe, scattered across an area of about…

Police release images of suspect in LA arson spree

Los Angeles police released security camera images of a man suspected over a spree of arson attacks that kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year. The LA Police Department (LAPD) has also asked residents to leave their porch and car port lights on overnight, after some 40 fires were set over three nights including New…

Indiana bill would outlaw singing national anthem ‘inappropriately’

Legislation introduced to the Indiana Senate would make it a crime to stray from approved lyrical or melodic guidelines while performing the national anthem at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities. The bill was proposed by Sen. Vaneta Becker (R). She told The Indianapolis Star that it…

Gunman on loose after ranger killed in U.S. park

LOS ANGELES — A US federal ranger was shot dead in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday, triggering a manhunt for the gunman and the closure of the park in Washington state, officials said. The suspect escaped on foot after shooting the 34-year-old female ranger, a park spokeswoman said, adding…

Obama turns to roots as key year dawns

HONOLULU, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama opened a landmark year on Sunday by paying homage to his roots as he wraps up his vacation in his native Hawaii. Obama visited the graveyard of his grandfather, a World War II veteran, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at…

Amnesty: By signing NDAA, Obama has given al Qaeda a ‘propaganda victory’

The human rights group Amnesty International blasted President Barack Obama for signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained highly controversial provisions regarding the military detention of terrorism suspects. While signing the bill, Obama issued a signing statement…

U.S. troop arrested for bringing explosives to Texas airport

A member of the U.S. military has been charged with trying to go through a security checkpoint with explosives at an airport in Texas Saturday morning. According to the Associated Press, 30-year-old Trey Scott Atwater was arrested at Midland International Airport for placing explosives in a military-grade wrapping. He was…

U.S. is top 2012 property investment pick

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will remain the top choice of most global commercial real estate investors in 2012, but the country has lost ground to Brazil which ranked No. 2 this year, according to a survey released Sunday. While the United States offers the most stable and secure option in commercial…

Hollywood rings in New Year under arson alert

Los Angeles firefighters remained on arson alert Sunday after theHollywood district celebrated the New Year under the cloud of a string of some 40 deliberately-set fires. Seven new fires were reported overnight, including one in an underground parking lot near the heart of Tinsel Town’s tourist district, the LA Fire Department (LAFD) said.…

Ron Paul: Racist newsletters had ‘some very bad sentences’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Sunday admitted that racist and homophobic newsletters published in his name called into question his management style, but insisted there were only eight offensive sentences. “I wrote a lot of part of the letter,” Paul told ABC’s Jake Tapper. “And I’ve never said I…

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