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Texas warns Americans to avoid Mexico border town

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The southwestern state of Texas is warning Americans to avoid the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo over the July 4 independence day weekend, fearing that US citizens will be targeted. State and local police have “received credible intelligence from multiple sources that indicates the Zetas Cartel…

Motorcyclist protesting helmet law dies of head injury

A motorcyclist riding in a group without a helmet died in an accident when he flipped over his handlebars, Reuters reported. The man, Philip Contos, was bare-headed on purpose — the group he was riding with was protesting New York’s law requiring that motorcyclists wear helmets. He died of the…

Tiny camera strapped to lit firework captures its flight

Ever wonder what a lit firework would see, if it were more than gunpowder and chemicals packed in a very specific order into a cardboard tube? Even if you didn’t, there’s now video footage to satisfy your curiosity. According to Mashable: Videographer Jeremiah Warren used an 808 #11 spy camera…

5 Civil War reenactors struck by lightning

Hospitals brace themselves for an influx of explosive injuries every Fourth of July weekend, but they surely couldn’t have predicted this particular batch of patriotic injuries: Five Civil War reenactors in Gettysburg, Penn. were injured when lightning struck, the Associated Press reported. At about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, lightning struck a…

Bill Clinton picks a Republican favorite for 2012

Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado Saturday evening, sharing his opinions on the debt ceiling, Republican candidate Jon Huntsman and corporate taxes, among other topics. Though Clinton raised the corporate tax rate for corporations that made over $10 million annually while…

Los Alamos evacuation order lifted, residents returning

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Reuters) – Evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday over 10,000 residents of Los Alamos displaced by the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, as the blaze burns to the north away from the town. The return of residents to their homes came a day after the…

McCain: Afghan drawdown plan ‘unnecessary risk’

KABUL — Top US lawmakers on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama’s military drawdown plans for Afghanistan as “risky”, unsupported by his military commanders and a threat to progress made in the last year. Withdrawal at the rate Obama has planned on — including the removal of 33,000 surge troops by…

Top Iowa staffers abandon the Cain campaign

Herman Cain’s top two staffers in Iowa have left their posts over the candidate’s alleged refusal to put forth a serious effort in that state, home of the first presidential primaries of the 2012 election cycle. Politico is reporting that Cain’s Iowa campaign director Tina Goff has resigned, as well…

Rand Paul promises to filibuster everything over debt ceiling

A group of tea party Senators plans to filibuster over raising the debt ceiling, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced in an interview that aired on C-SPAN Sunday. “I was part of a group this week that said, ‘No more,’” Paul explained. “We’re tired of talking about extraneous issues. We’ve had…

South Yemen air strikes ‘kill two civilians’

ADEN, Yemen — Yemeni air strikes targeting suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Jaar killed two civilians and wounded three, an official from the militant-held southern town said on Sunday. “Military aircraft carried out a number of strikes yesterday (Saturday) in the Al-Makhzan area at the entrance of Jaar,” the official told…

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