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US Marine Corps buying 80 F-35C fighter jets

WASHINGTON – The US Marine Corps is buying 80 F-35C joint strike fighter planes, the Pentagon said, casting doubt on plans to buy a vertical-landing version still under development. A short take-off, vertical landing model the F-35B destined for the Navy has run into “considerable” development difficulties and has been…

Fewer Americans worry about climate change: poll

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who are worried about global warming has fallen to nearly the historic low reached in 1998, a poll released Monday showed. Just 51 percent of Americans — or one percentage point more than in 1998 — said they worry a great deal or fair…

Wisconsin Democrats nearly halfway to recalling GOP state senators

Almost half of the signatures needed to recall key Republican Wisconsin state senators have been collected by the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Democrats have collected over 56,000 signatures supporting a recall of eight state senators who aligned themselves with Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill, The Washington Post reported.…

New York plans to revive waterfronts

NEW YORK – New York’s mayor on Monday unveiled a $3.3 billion plan to revitalize hundreds of miles of shoreline, expand ferry services and boost the shipping industry in the Big Apple. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan calls for the long-term development of industrial and tourist potential along the maze of…

US ill-prepared for emergency radiation: study

WASHINGTON – Most American states are not prepared to cope with a major nuclear radiation event, said a study published Monday that happened to coincide with a feared nuclear disaster in quake-hit Japan. The survey of state health departments was conducted in 2010 and found that almost half of the…

House and Senate Dems to introduce ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ repealing DOMA

WASHINGTON – A coalition of House and Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation designed to roll back the “Defense of Marriage Act” that outlaws same sex marriage. Though unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the measure would highlight the political distance between Democrats and Republicans on this divisive issue. The…

NPR slams ‘inappropriately edited’ attack video

National Public Radio (NPR) is pushing back against video released last week that led to the resignation of their CEO. The video, created by conservative prankster James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas,” showed activists Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar posing as members of the fictional Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) and meeting…

DeLay judge abruptly steps aside after suggesting plea bargains

A Texas judge who’s spent years overseeing the high-profile trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has recused himself from the trials of two DeLay co-defendants, abruptly stepping aside after he reportedly suggested plea bargains to attorneys for the defense. District Judge Pat Priest made the suggestion while…

Father of MLK bomb suspect: Son didn’t plant bomb, is a racist

The father of man suspected of planting a bomb at a Spokane, Washington Martin Luther King Day parade believes that there is no way his son could have committed the crime. After a raid on his home, Kevin Harpham was arrested last Wednesday on charges of attempting to use a…

Fox News chairman Ailes told Palin not to make the ‘blood libel’ video

Among former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s (R) many lucrative jobs is her stint as a Fox News contributor for $1 million per year — which likely also provides her with her largest audience. So before she took to the airwaves to accuse her critics of “blood libel” for tying her…

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