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Colombian schools permit teaching of native languages

Schools in Colombia have lifted a patchwork ban on the teaching of native languages, leading to a boom in children and adults learning to speak in tongues that have largely been forgotten by most of the population. This video is from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Tuesday, August 9, 2011.…

Nebraska attorney general compares welfare recipients to hungry raccoons

Employing a confusing metaphor initially intended to argue against environmental regulations, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) wound up comparing welfare recipients to raccoons scavenging for insects. Bruning is widely considered among the top contenders to replace Nebraska’s retiring Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson. This video was captured by liberal advocacy…

Obama campaign mulls attacks on Mitt Romney’s religion

President Barack Obama’s advisers consider former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) their most likely opponent in 2012, according to Ben Smith and Johnathan Martin of Politico. And so, in the words of one anonymous Democratic strategist, they are going to try to “kill” him by borrowing the tactics used by then-President…

Gay ex-NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey mentoring female prisoners

After resigning a governorship, admitting a homosexual affair with a staffer and being denied a priesthood, there’s apparently only one place to go: jail. Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey who resigned in 2004 after revealing an affair with his homeland security adviser Golan Cipel, is now a…

Texas Rep. tells crowd Obama impeachment ‘needs to happen,’ but fails to say why

A Republican congressman from Texas recently told a gathering of tea party supporters that the impeachment of President Barack Obama “needs to happen,” but when queried as to why, he could not say. The comment comes from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a women’s doctor who took office in 2003, stepping…

Watch: Iowa voter tells Bachmann about her ‘wild-eyed’ Newsweek photo

A voter in Iowa Monday was the first to inform Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that a less-than-flattering photo of her had graced the cover of Newsweek magazine. “Have you seen it yet?” the voter asked. “I have not,” Bachmann replied. “It’s a big close-up of you, a wild-eyed photo…

Long work hours linked to alcohol abuse

Long working hours can more than triple the risk of alcohol abuseand addiction, New Zealand research has found. An Otago University study of more than 1,000 people aged 25-30 found a statistically significant link between the amount of hours worked and alcohol abuse. “Individuals working 50 or more hours per week had rates of alcohol-related problems that…

HSBC to sell credit card business

HSBC said Tuesday it is in talks to sell its United States credit card and retail services business as the global banking giant shifts focus to fast-growing markets, particularly in Asia. The lender has unveiled massive cost-cutting measures in recent months, including plans to save up to $3.5 billion by 2013…

Moody’s: U.S. still as sound as AAA-rated countries

NEW YORK — The United States remains on a fiscal footing that is as solid as other AAA-rated countries, the Moody’s ratings agency said Monday, in a retort to last week’s downgrade by its rival Standard & Poor’s. “Relative to other large AAA-rated governments, the US debt position is somewhat…

Philadelphia imposes ‘flash mob’ curfew

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia announced Monday a nighttime curfew for minors in its historic downtown in an attempt to stop flash mob invasions by rampaging teenagers. The measure was the latest effort to secure a city famous as the site of the signing of the US Declaration of Independence and drafting…

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