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Conservative think tank: Herman Cain’s rise proves the tea party is not racist

WASHINGTON – Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s rise in the Republican primary polls refutes charges of racism within the tea party movement, the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute argued Thursday. “The [tea party] movement is, in the mind of many in the Democratic Party and liberal organizations, rooted…

Sony finishes restoring PlayStation Network services

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony has restored PlayStation Network services everywhere except Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, after being targeted in a massive online attack, the company said on Thursday. Users in the Americas and Europe and much of Asia are able to buy and download games online. Sony Network…

Man recovers computer using built-in security system

With all the stories of malicious hackers breaking through costly computer security, it’s nice to know there are still some dumb thieves out there. Here, computer security worked as it was designed this week after a cab driver was arrested for stealing a man’s Macintosh computer. Using the security system,…

Rep. Ed Markey: Only rich go to heaven in ‘Republican Rapture’

In a speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) explained that Republicans only wanted the rich to go to heaven in their Rapture. “Recently radio evangelist Harold Camping calculated that the world would end at precisely 6 p.m. on May, 21,” Markey recalled. “Well, he was wrong…

Dramatic waterspout off Australia’s coast caught on camera

An Australian news channel filmed several water spouts off Australia’s central coast Monday. The phenomenon reached up to 2,000 feet, according to Channel 7 News. Watch this video from Reuters, broadcast Monday May 30, 2011.…

Man films Springfield, Mass. tornado from parking lot

A video published to YouTube Wednesday shows the deadly tornado that struck Springfield, Massachusetts as it swirled past a parking lot. The camera man, apparently filming the scene on his mobile phone, expresses concern for his safety several times but doesn’t leave. [Contains language that may not be suitable for…

Romney entry to spice up U.S. Republican race

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination heats up on Thursday with the entry of default front-runner Mitt Romney into a race devoid of a clear favorite. The former Massachusetts governor is expected to tout his business credentials and paint President Barack Obama as a poor…

Rare tornadoes hit Massachusetts, 4 dead

NEW YORK (AFP) – Massachusetts was under a state of emergency after at least two tornadoes hit the northeastern US state late Wednesday, leaving four people dead, officials said. Governor Deval Patrick declared the state of emergency “in response to the impacts of the tornadic activity and severe weather,” his…

Maddow: Palin’s campaign tactics are just like Vladimir Putin’s

According to MSNBC’s liberal news host Rachel Maddow, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is taking an approach to campaigning that evokes images of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s carefully managed public persona. Ignoring the media and staging outings purely to project carefully sculpted images, the MSNBC host said recently, is not…

Former world leaders: War on drugs has failed

NEW YORK – A group of prominent former world leaders said Wednesday the so-called war on drugs has “failed” and that decriminalizing marijuana may help curb drug-related violence and social ills. “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” the members…

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