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Obama remembers Katrina, after Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the grit of the people of the US Gulf Coast, exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and inundated New Orleans. After a weekend in which Hurricane Irene tore up the US east coast, the president argued that federal disaster…

Time Warner profits from Guy Fawkes masks worn at ‘Anonymous’ protests

Some of the profits from the Guy Fawkes masks frequently worn by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous” go to one of the largest media companies in the world. The mask was first popularized by the 2006 film “V for Vendetta,” where it was worn by a vigilante fighting against…

Top NASA climate scientist arrested at White House

One of the nation’s foremost experts on climate change was arrested outside the White House on Monday morning after he joined a protest against a planned Canadian tar sands pipeline. Dr. James Hansen (pictured), who runs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested along with 139 other protesters taking…

Conservative Puerto Rican lawmaker resigns after nude photo scandal

Puerto Rico Sen. Roberto Arango, the Republican lawmaker whose shirtless photograph appeared on Grindr, a hookup app for men interested in having sex with other men, resigned. In one photo, Arango is naked from the waist up, his iPhone obscuring his face. Others allegedly show Arango bent over a bed…

Bush wondered after 9/11, ‘Why didn’t we know this?’

In an interview that aired Sunday night, President Bush told National Geographic Channel’s Peter Schnall that after 9/11, he didn’t want to blame intelligence agencies for failing to predict the attacks. “At some point in time in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, I thought about why didn’t we know…

Bachmann’s Irene comments just a joke: spokeswoman

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s campaign said on Monday she was only joking when she described Hurricane Irene and last week’s earthquake in the eastern United States as a warning from God. The Minnesota congresswoman, who has gained media prominence for her fiery attacks on Democratic President…

RAW Photos: Hurricane Irene devastates upstate NY

Despite major cities avoiding significant damage, the impact of Hurricane Irene was still felt very much across the Northeast region of the United States. Many areas are now experiencing major flooding, such as the upstate New York village of Scotia. Evacuations of some impacted areas continued Monday. Were you hit by Irene?…

U.S. to shed light on Guatemala syphilis experiment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. presidential commission will release on Monday its key findings on a government research project that deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s. The conclusions have consequences for U.S. diplomacy and will impact the ethical discussion surrounding how new drugs…

U.S. dismisses Georgian elections as illegitimate

The United States on Monday dismissed elections in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia as illegitimate, and renewed support for what it called Georgia’s internationally-recognized borders. In polls on Saturday that were widely seen as illegitimate, Abkhazia elected Alexander Ankvaba, a top politician who advocates firm ties with Russia, as the…

Since 9/11, nearly half of all Pentagon contracts awarded without competition

Nearly half of the approximately $300 billion of taxpayer money the Department of Defense spent on projects in 2010 was awarded for no-bid contracts — some of which weren’t necessary, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News reported on Monday. The cost of the non-competitive contracts the U.S. military has…

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