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U.S. indirectly supplies guns that fuel Somalian conflict

By Robert Johnson In its fight against al Qaeda in Somalia, the U.S. is sending hundreds of millions dollars in weapons to Ugandan soldiers, who are selling the arms to the men they’re fighting. A new report by the United Nations and picked up by Somalia Report lays out how the $500…

Woman claims uncle was 1970s U.S. skyjacker: ABC

A woman has claimed her uncle was the legendary “D.B. Cooper”, the man behind an unsolved 1970s skyjacking, and she is cooperating with investigators to prove it, ABC News reported Wednesday. Marla Cooper has given the FBI a guitar strap and a photo of a man whom she calls Lynn…

New York leads U.S. population drain: report

New York may attract people from all over the world, but for the second decade in a row, the notoriously expensive state has also seen the country’s largest population exodus, a new report says. “New York’s net migration loss — the sum of domestic and foreign migration — increased over…

Poll: Muslims, atheists most likely to reject violence

New data from polling firm Gallup shows that out of all the religious groups in the U.S., Muslims are most likely to reject violence, followed by the non-religious atheists and agnostics. Through interviews with 2,482 Americans, Gallup found that 78 percent of Muslims believe violence which kills civilians is never…

Watch a beluga dance to mariachi band serenade

While performing for a wedding reception at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut, the band Mariachi Connecticut took a break to serenade a beluga in its tank. The beluga hangs out with the band for the whole song, bobbing up and down and pressing its head against the glass. That its…

As FAA funding languishes, employees pay and airlines profit

In the widespread relief that followed President Barack Obama and congressional leaders’ compromise to avoid default and raise the debt ceiling, a large federal agency in dire need of funding was overlooked: the Federal Aviation Administration, which employs about 4,000 workers, has gone unfunded since July 23, nearly two weeks…

New Jersey Dem resigns after nude photos surface

A Democratic county official from New Jersey resigned last night after nude photos he took of himself became the subject of mainstream inquiry, having surfaced on a local GOP activist’s website weeks earlier. The photos allegedly came from a woman who Louis Magazzu, an attorney and Cumberland County freeholder, had…

Unemployment crisis among veterans spurs call to action in Congress

While dismal employment numbers often lead the news — unemployment, for instance remains just over 9% — and the fight over the debt ceiling left fixing the jobless recovery on the back burner, some Americans who went to war at the behest of their president are finding the peace back…

Obama seals U.S. austerity bill, but markets anxious

The US debt mountain undermined financial markets Wednesday despite President Barack Obama signing a major austerity bill which raises the borrowing ceiling and averts default. Credit rating agencies said they were still keeping a watchful eye on the ability of the United States to cope with its debt. Global stocks…

China says U.S. fails to defuse ‘debt bomb’

China warned Wednesday that tortured efforts to raise the US limit on borrowing had failed to defuse Washington’s “debt bomb”, and signalled it would further diversify its holdings away from the dollar. After months of bitter negotiations with his Republican rivals, US President Barack Obama finally signed an emergency bill…

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