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Ex-Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan found dead

Former pitcher Mike Flanagan, who won the Cy Young award with Baltimore in 1979, has been found dead at his home. He was 59. The left-handed American won 167 games over 18 seasons with the Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. Flanagan’s body was found outside his home on Wednesday…

DOJ probes alleged News Corp. 9/11 victim hacking

US authorities have launched a probe into possible phone hacking of September 11, 2001 victims by News Corp. journalists, victims’ relatives have been told, according to a Justice Department official. During a 75-minute “initial” meeting with about 10 people whose relatives died during the terrorist attacks in New York, US…

Maddow: GOP defers to the tea party, the least liked group in America

On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow questioned why the Republican Party had allowed the tea party movement to wield such great influence over its politics, citing a recent study that found the group was the least liked in America. Maddow’s guest, former White House communications director Nicole…

Penn. school uses sheep to cut lawns due to budget cuts

An imaginative school district in the borough of Carlisle, Pennsylvania has found an innovative way to save money after a $2 million reduction in state support. The Carlisle School District is using seven sheep belonging to the principal of Carlisle’s Wilson Middle School to cut their six-acre lawn. Having sheep…

Dick Morris: Ron Paul doesn’t want to face questions

Fox News commentator Dick Morris said Wednesday that Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) disliked having to answer questions, after Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Paul was “whining” about not receiving media attention, yet wouldn’t appear on the O’Reilly Factor. “He won’t face you because he doesn’t want to face questioning,”…

Top-selling scented laundry products release hazardous chemicals: study

Laundry vents emit hazardous air pollutants when people use popular fragranced laundry detergents and dryer sheets, according to research published in Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health. The research found more than 25 volatile organic compounds, including seven hazardous air pollutants, coming out of the vents when the top-selling products were…

Chavez announces new round of chemotherapy

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday announced that he would travel perhaps next week to Cuba for a new third round of chemotherapy in his ongoing battle against cancer. Previously Chavez, 57, had said further chemotherapy to treat his cancer was a possibility, but he had not announced…

U.S. zoos step up elephant safety rules

WASHINGTON — The US zoo association has issued tougher safety guidelines on elephants that include a requirement for all institutions to provide barriers that separate handlers from the animals. The guidelines, believed to be among the most stringent in the world, won praise from animal rights activists, although the zoo…

Sen. Scott Brown aide caught using Twitter ‘sock puppet’ to mock opponent

Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has a so-called “sock puppet” Twitter account that has been impersonating and mocking his Democratic challenger, Alan Khazei, for nearly a month. A “sock puppet” is an online persona used for deceptive purposes. “I promise to devote all my time in office to making…

Cheney kept secret resignation letter as vice president

WASHINGTON — Dick Cheney kept a secret resignation letter in a safe while he was vice president in case his shaky health suddenly deteriorated, he said in an interview released Wednesday. Cheney, who has a long history of heart problems, said that he signed the letter two months after entering…

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