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Washington nuclear plant evacuated after minor incident

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state’s only nuclear power plant evacuated about 25 workers after a small amount of hydrogen sprang from a pipe and ignited in a six-inch flash, plant officials said on Friday. The incident at the Columbia Generating Station late Thursday afternoon resulted in no injuries or equipment…

Man says 1-year-old daughter’s overdose accidental

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man charged in the overdose death of his one-year-old daughter said the girl ingested the painkiller oxycodone after he lost one of the pills, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released on Friday. Manuel Angel Rivera told investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office that…

Congress reaches agreement on budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Democrats and Republicans in Congress have reached a deal to avert a government shutdown. President Obama has also delivered a brief message, saying that “some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful [but] we protected the investments we need.”…

House GOP votes to overturn net neutrality

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives voted on Friday to reject Internet “neutrality” rules that were adopted last year to keep big Internet service providers from blocking certain traffic House Republicans, in a 240-179 vote, pushed through a measure disapproving the Federal Communications Commission’s rules. Tech…

370,000 executive branch workers to be furloughed during shutdown

WASHINGTON – At least 370,000 employees of the Obama administration would be furloughed in the short-term during a government shutdown, according to data compiled by Government Executive. A shutdown would occur if Congress fails to pass a measure budget deal or resolution to continue funding the government after money expires…

D.C. residents pledge to dump trash at Boehner’s house

A government shutdown could literally be a mess for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Thousands of the Washington, D.C. residents who will be without trash service if the government shuts its doors are promising to take their garbage to the Speaker’s residence. A Facebook page is inviting people to join…

Exclusive: Grayson says GOP ‘taking the whole country hostage’

WASHINGTON – With a government shutdown less than 12 hours away, progressive firebrand and former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Friday afternoon compared the budget negotiations to the showdown that occurred last December over tax cuts. “Once again, the Republican Party leadership in Washington is taking the whole country hostage,”…

Sen. Kyl incorrectly claims ‘well over 90%’ of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions

Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) made a startling misstatement on the Senate floor Friday, amid a heated debate on funding women’s health services — a key sticking point for Republicans and Democrats struggling to pass a budget that would keep the federal government from shutting down. “You don’t have to go…

New Hampshire politician now charged with rape got elected despite violent past

Jeffrey Gray is an elected member of the Salem, New Hampshire Planning Board charged with kidnapping a woman, keeping her in his house in Windham, NH for three days, and sexually assaulting her. But this isn’t the first time Gray has been accused of terrorizing women — in fact, his…

Maine lawmakers to let one-armed people carry switchblades

CONWAY, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Maine lawmakers on Wednesday approved legalizing switchblades for people with one arm, moving close to becoming the first state to make such an exception to laws that ban use of the spring-action knives. Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed…

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