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Cobra escapes Bronx Zoo exhibit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bronx Zoo closed its reptile house exhibit over the weekend after workers discovered a highly poisonous Egyptian cobra was missing from its enclosure. The snake’s disappearance prompted zoo officials to immediately shut down the reptile house late Friday until further notice “out of an abundance…

Illinois sheriff under fire for ‘little fag Jew boy’ comment

An Illinois gay and lesbian advocacy group called for the resignation of Schuyler County Sheriff Don Scheiferdecker Saturday after he jokingly commented on the picture of a co-worker on Facebook, calling him a “little fag Jew boy.” The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reported that the sheriff was new to Facebook and did…

Federal agency recognizes pot for medical use

Medical marijuana dispensaries currently under fire from the IRS may have been handed a critical new weapon in their fight to stay open. The National Cancer Institute, one of the many federal agencies who make up the National Institute of Health, has ruled that marijuana does in fact have medical…

Rumsfeld: Leaving Gaddafi in power will ‘embolden’ America’s enemies

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday that the reputation of the United States would be damaged if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is allowed to remain in power. “My personal view is that once you’re involved, you have to recognize that the prestige of the United States is at…

Gates: Libya not a ‘vital national interest’ to the U.S.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday that Libya was not a “vital national interest” to the U.S. “Do you think Libya posed an actual threat to the United States?” ABC’s Jake Tapper asked Gates. “No, it was not a vital national interest to the United States,” Gates replied. “But…

Sen. Bernie Sanders calls for eliminating corporate tax loopholes and tax breaks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called for closing corporate tax loopholes and eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas companies Sunday after reports that General Electric and other giant corporations pay nothing or almost nothing in federal income taxes. According to The New York Times, General Electric made $14.2 billion in…

Gingrich admits to a double flip-flop on Libya intervention

Newt Gingrich can’t make up his mind. The former House speaker explained Sunday that he was actually against using force in Libya before his March 23 flip-flop on the no-fly zone. In a March 7 interview with Fox News, Gingrich said, “Exercise a no-fly zone this evening.” After President Barack…

Chris Wallace attacks White House for not coming on his show to talk about Libya

Fox News’ Chris Wallace slammed the White House Sunday because they allegedly wouldn’t provide any officials to appear on his show to talk about the intervention in Libya. “Of course, we wanted to get the White House view on Libya,” he said. “However, they chose to offer Secretary of State…

Virginia offers naming rights for rest stops

ARLINGTON, Va (Reuters) – Driving through Virginia? You could soon be making a pit stop at the Geico Travel Plaza. The commonwealth is selling naming rights to its 42 rest stops and welcome centers to help defray the $20 million annual operating and maintenance costs. “By partnering with the private…

US Jesuits agree $166 million abuse payout

SEATTLE (AFP) – A US Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166 million to compensate some 500 mostly native American child victims of “horrific” sexual abuse at religious mission schools, lawyers said. The US Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Society of Jesus agreed to the payout — which lawyers said…

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