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Beyonce pregnancy sets Twitter record

Twitter users fired off a record number of tweets per second following the announcement by pop diva Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards that she is expecting a baby. “Last night at 10:35 pm, Beyonce’s big MTV #VMA moment gave Twitter a record bump: 8,868 Tweets per second,” the…

Strauss-Kahn apologizes to IMF staff: witness

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn apologized to staff at the Washington-based lender, a witness said, after sexual assault charges against him were dropped. Strauss-Kahn told staff he had come to “apologize to those who have been hurt” by the scandal, and said he was sorry the sensational case…

Unethical US research killed 83 in Guatemala: panel

At least 83 people died as human guinea pigs in macabre US research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala in the 1940s, a commission ordered by President Barack Obama concluded. Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing and more than 1,300 were exposed to venereal diseases by human contact…

US Muslims ‘happy with life despite discrimination’

US Muslims are far more satisfied with the direction of their country than most Americans even though nearly half of them have faced discrimination and prejudice in the past year, a poll found Tuesday. The survey was conducted ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and aimed…

Texas polygamist Warren Jeffs seriously ill

LOS ANGELES — Warren Jeffs, the jailed leader of a US polygamist sect, was in critical condition at a Texas hospital, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Jeffs, 55, was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for his “spiritual marriage” to two young girls, and after police seized…

Valerie Plame: Dick Cheney ‘wounding’ former colleagues

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word to discuss the memoir recently published by former Vice President Dick Cheney. “He’s wounding his former colleagues,” she said in regards to his depiction of Condoleezza Rice. “He’s shown nothing but contempt.” “And I think…

Virginia quake may have exceeded nuclear power plant’s design

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The historic earthquake that shut down Dominion Resources Inc’s North Anna nuclear plant last week may have exceeded what the reactor was designed to withstand, the U.S. nuclear regulator said on Monday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has dispatched an additional team of inspectors to…

Keith Olbermann blasts Eric Cantor for using disaster to push budget cuts

On the “Worst Persons” segment of his show Monday night, Countdown host Keith Olbermann accused House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) of “exploiting” Hurricane Irene for his own political agenda. Cantor had said that emergency funding for repairing the widespread damage caused by the hurricane would have to be fully…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Ron Paul ‘completely out to lunch’ on FEMA

CNN host Wolf Blitzer on Monday asked Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont what he thought about Congressman Ron Paul’s claim that the nation was better off before the existence of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “All they do is come in and tell you what to do and…

Obama’s uncle arrested outside Boston for drunk driving

BOSTON (Reuters) – A relative of President Barack Obama was arrested last week outside Boston on charges of drunk driving, a spokesman for his lawyer said on Monday. Onyango Obama, 67, of Framingham, Massachusetts, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failure…

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