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Dutch man builds full-size Noah’s ark

After a dream about doomsday, Johan Huibers decided to build a replica of Noah’s ark to exact Biblical proportions. “I dreamed that a part of Holland was flooded,” Huibers told NBC. “The next day, I get the idea to build an ark of Noah.” The ship is 450 feet long,…

Olbermann to Obama: ‘Get the troops out, sir’

Ahead of a planned announcement of troop drawdowns in Afghanistan, Current TV news anchor Keith Olbermann urged the president to “declare victory” and withdraw from all current conflicts. The withdrawal, which is expected to be announced today, will likely see 10,000 soldiers return home from Afghanistan. But that’s just one-third…

Michelle Obama urges Africa to advance women’s rights

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – First Lady Michelle Obama urged young Africans on Wednesday to fight for women’s rights and battle the stigma of AIDS, using her husband’s “yes, we can” campaign slogan to motivate youth across the continent. Obama is on her second solo trip abroad as first lady to promote…

Government layoffs slow U.S. cities’ recoveries: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The layoffs of thousands of government workers may threaten the already slow-motion economic recovery in many U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. “Job growth, though occurring in more metropolitan areas than in the past, was sluggish,” the think tank…

U.S. Congress may approve limited force in Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers will consider two bills authorizing limited military action in Libya over three months after Washington joined Western allies in an air war on Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. The bills were unveiled Tuesday night as President Barack Obama has come under fire from fellow Democrats and Republicans…

Fed speaks again as weak indicators cloud outlook

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is set to give his second-ever press conference Wednesday as signs of weakness in the world’s biggest economy cloud prospects for a stimulus reduction. The central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Tuesday debated an eventual exit strategy from the…

Huntsman calls Obama Afghanistan drawdown plan ‘a little slow’

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan is “a little slow and a little cautious.” “I think over the next year there’s room to draw down more… More than 10,000 over the next year,” he explained. “I…

Responding to PolitiFact, Stewart reads laundry list of Fox News lies

When comedian Jon Stewart told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Fox News viewers are the “most consistently misinformed” in “every poll,” he may have let his rhetoric run away from him, just a little — and he got fact checked by PolitiFact, which called his allegation “false.” On Tuesday…

Newt Gingrich had a second line of credit at Tiffany’s

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign acknowledged Tuesday that Gingrich had a second line of credit at the jewelry store Tiffany’s for as much as $1 million dollars. The Washington Post reported that Joe DeSantis, a spokesman for Gingrich, said the Republican presidential hopeful’s personal financial disclosure filing will show that he…

Westboro Baptists Church to picket funeral of ‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn

The Westboro Baptists Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of Jackass star Ryan Dunn. The Westboro Baptist Church has gained infamy for picketing the funerals of military families with offensive signs such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates America.” The church believes that God is…

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