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Anti-prejudice messages can increase prejudice: study

Programs aimed at eradicating prejudice by authoritatively telling people not to discriminate against others may actually increase prejudices, according to research to be published in the scientific journal Psychological Science. The results of the study suggest controlling anti-prejudice messages may actually be creating hostility toward the targets of prejudice. “Controlling…

Olbermann slams ‘morning morons’ at Fox & Friends

Keith Olbermann lambasted the “morning morons” at Fox & Friends on Thursday night’s “Worst Persons” segment of Countdown. The hosts of the Fox News morning program tried to counter a Princeton study showing that illegal immigration had fallen to the lowest rate since the 1950′s by commenting on a picture…

Michigan police hunt suspect after 7 shot dead

CHICAGO — Police in Michigan were on the hunt Thursday for a man suspected of shooting dead five women, a man and a child in two different houses in the Great Lakes city of Grand Rapids. The suspect, 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, who was armed with a handgun, had a…

Rep. Sheila Jackson to Republicans: Stop scaring Americans

Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-TX) accused Republicans of using scare tactics in negotiations over the budget and raising the federal debt ceiling. “You can’t go home without constituents asking you about the debt ceiling,” she said at a press conference early Thursday morning. “To my Republican friends, stop scaring the American…

Court rejects FCC’s decision to relax ban on media consolidation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday threw out Federal Communication Commission rules that relaxed restrictions on the ownership of broadcast TV stations and daily newspapers in the same market. The case, Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, was brought to court by public interest groups after the…

Landmark transplant uses stemcell-coated artificial windpipe

STOCKHOLM — An international team of surgeons have successfully carried out the world’s first transplant of a synthetic windpipe, the Swedish hospital where the groundbreaking operation took place said Thursday. On June 9, a 36-year-old man suffering from late stage tracheal cancer, received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from…

Texas plans controversial execution of Mexican

WASHINGTON — The state of Texas appeared set to push forward with the controversial execution of a Mexican national Thursday despite calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government. Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, was scheduled to die at 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) in a Huntsville, Texas…

Congress reaches compromise on ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — Key US lawmakers Thursday reached a compromise to cut subsidies for ethanol, which would revamp a policy that has come under heightened scrutiny for diverting large amounts of corn to fuel and impacting food prices. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said the agreement with two farm state…

U.S. defense contractor pays $7.5 million to settle Kabul brothel row

WASHINGTON — An American firm providing security at the US embassy in Afghanistan has paid $7.5 million to settle claims its guards visited brothels in Kabul with the knowledge of company officials, the Justice Department said Thursday. Armor Group North America Inc. (AGNA) and its affiliates made the payout ostensibly…

Boehner pledges support for Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday pledged support for the Dalai Lama during a meeting at the Capitol, hailing the exiled monk as an example to the United States and the world. The head of the House of Representatives said that US lawmakers spoke with the Dalai…

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