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Rising waters puncture Nebraska nuke plant’s flood barrier

Nuclear regulators continue to insist there is no danger posed by a Nebraska nuke facility that had to switch to emergency generators to power reactor coolant tanks after flood waters from the Missouri river punctured a barrier and rushed into the plant. The facility has been in shutdown since April…

Firefighters save tiny kitten from pipe

Firefighters in Redding, Calif. saved a tiny, yowling 4-week-old kitten from a pipe it had crawled into and gotten stuck in. After a bath and a check-up, the kitten was deemed ready for adoption, the Associated Press reported. The firefighters named the kitten Piper, and it was adopted by a…

Supreme Court: Violent video games may be sold to children

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a proposed California law that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 ruling, both liberal and conservative justices agreed that the video games qualify for First Amendment protections. “Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded…

Seattle city attorney: Legalizing pot to make communities ‘safer’

A new group of former and current officials has formed in Seattle, Washington encourage the U.S. Congress to legalize marijuana. At a press conference last week, Pete Holmes, the sitting city attorney in Seattle, was joined by former U.S. Attorney John McKay and representatives with the American Civil Liberties Union…

Bachmann officially announces 2012 presidential bid

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann officially declared Monday that she was running for the Republican presidential nomination. “My name is Michele Bachmann. I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said. “I do so…

Supreme Court upends taxpayer-funded campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that “triggers” public funding of elections in Arizona in the event of a candidate being heavily outspent by an opponent awash with private funds. The vote was split 5-4, with the conservative majority ultimately winning out. The ruling declared public…

Only one ticket issued so far in New York parks smoking ban

The controversial smoking ban in New York City parks has been in place for just over a month now, and the Wall Street Journal reports that only one ticket has been issued for violating it. The one person who has been ticketed, according to the article, is a New York…

WATCH LIVE: Michele Bachmann enters the 2012 presidential race

Watch below as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) officially enters the 2012 Presidential race in Waterloo, Iowa, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Exclusive: Hackers unearth FBI report on ‘KopBusters’ filmmaker Barry Cooper

Computer hackers with the group “Lulz Security” have unearthed a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) intelligence assessment of Barry Cooper, the former Texas narcotics officer who turned against the drug war and began setting up hidden camera stunts looking to catch corrupt police in the act. The document, composed in…

Lexington, Kentucky ranked as most sedentary U.S. city

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Although it’s known for its beautiful horse farms and as the “Thoroughbred Capital of the World,” Lexington, Kentucky has gained a new distinction — as the most sedentary city in the United States. Along with Indianapolis in Indiana and Jackson, Mississippi it ranked among the…

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