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Burning Man festival celebrates 25th anniversary

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – Starting on Monday tens of thousands of people will descend on a great expanse of Nevada desert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Burning Man, a gathering of free spirits, artists, entrepreneurs — and anyone else who managed to get a ticket. Several thousand…

Judge blocks tough Alabama immigration law

MIAMI — A judge blocked a new immigration law in the southern US state of Alabama Monday after the measure, attacked as draconian and intrusive, was challenged by President Barack Obama’s administration. “US District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has decided to block Alabama’s new immigration law, temporarily until September 29,…

Hiker killed by grizzly bear in Yellowstone

LOS ANGELES — A 59-year-old American man has died after being mauled by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday. Officials identified the man as John Wallace of Michigan and said he was camping alone in the vast park in Wyoming. His body was found Friday. “Results…

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?…

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