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Death toll from Joplin tornado rises to 141: officials

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The death toll from the May 22 Joplin, Missouri tornado has risen to 141, city officials said on Sunday. Lynn Iliff Onstot, public information officer for Joplin, said the city had identified three new victims who died from injuries sustained as a result of the twister. The…

Gruesome U.S. serial killer trial opens Monday

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AFP) – An accused serial killer who allegedly kept the bodies of 11 women in and around his Ohio home for more than two years and blamed the stench on a nearby sausage factory goes on trial here Monday. The gruesome case that unraveled on October 29, 2009…

Santorum launches Republican bid for White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Senator Rick Santorum launched his Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including Medicare reform. “We’re going to be in this race and we’re in it to win,” Santorum told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by…

Scientists close in on anti-matter: study

PARIS (AFP) – Scientists said Sunday they had trapped and stored antihydrogen atoms for a record 16 minutes, a stunning technical feat that promises deeper insights into the mysteries of antimatter. Particles and anti-particles annihilate each other in a small flash of energy when they collide. At the moment of…

No opting out of enlistment for opponents of gays in military: Sec. of Defense Gates

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly told Marines on Sunday that they won’t be able to opt out of their enlistment just because they disagree with a government decision to end a ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gates, who is on…

Fox News panel speculates that Rep. Anthony Weiner is enjoying Weinergate

A panel of Fox News commentators theorized that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was actually enjoying the attention and publicity that has come his way since the so-called Weinergate scandal began a week ago. A lewd photo was sent from Weiner’s Twitter account in an alleged hack. There has been no…

North Carolina House Speaker guts education budget, then says teachers don’t care about kids

Republican North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis was instrumental in cutting more than $100 million from the state’s education budget, but now claims it’s the state’s teachers who are negatively affecting students. At the North Carolina GOP convention, Tillis defended a recently passed controversial bill that will make it more…

GOP 2012 candidate Jon Hunstman to skip Iowa caucus

Jon Huntsman, the former ambassador to China under President Barack Obama who resigned his post to present himself as a Republican presidential candidate, has announced that he will likely not participate in the lead-off caucuses in Iowa. Huntsman, who served as the governor of Utah from 2005 until he was…

Chris Wallace on Sarah Palin: She could be a serious candidate

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is gushing about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin after his interview with her. Despite calling her out on her Paul Revere gaffe (Palin characterized Revere’s historic midnight ride as a statement about Second Amendment rights), Wallace said he was very impressed by Palin. “This…

Ron Paul slams Mitt Romney in ‘money bomb’ fundraiser email

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (TX) urged his supporters to donate to his campaign by noting his “establishment” contender, Mitt Romney, was able to raise $10 million from his “bailed-out banker buddies on Wall Street” in one day. “Establishment candidates are revving up their campaigns and trying to blow…

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