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2011 is deadliest U.S. tornado season in 75 years

CHICAGO (AFP) – The deadliest US tornado season in 75 years has ripped babies from their mother’s arms and transformed entire towns into apocalyptic scenes of destruction as the toll hit 523. And it isn’t over yet. While warmer summer weather should hopefully reduce their intensity, the peak tornado season…

U.S. lawmakers cut Homeland Security funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives has voted to shave more than a billion dollars from next year’s Department of Homeland Security budget as part of its deficit reduction plan. The Republican-held House voted 231 to 188 to cut the fiscal 2012 budget by $1.1 billion to $40.6…

Film takes behind-the-scenes look at school shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mass school shootings fill TV screens with bloody images, newspapers with heart-wrenching accounts from terrified students, and pose searching questions about the motives of the young killers. But the movie “Beautiful Boy”, opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, puts a rare spotlight on the anguished parents of a teen…

Lawrence O’Donnell to Bill O’Reilly: Remember your own sex scandal?

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said it was “really uncool” for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly to comment on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s current fiasco, since O’Reilly had his own sex scandal in 2004. “Bill, you really should take a pass on this Twitter story,” he said. “You are in no position…

Bernstein: Fight over debt limit a ‘fake, manufactured controversy’

The investigative journalist who helped uncover the Watergate scandal said Thursday that the fight over raising the federal debt limited was a contrived debate, manufactured “particularly by Republicans.” “They’re going to take it to the cliff and pull back at the last minute, but the consequences of that are very…

Obama barely paying attention to 2012 Republican contenders

WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama was barely paying attention to the Republican race to unseat him in 2012, as a possible foe Mitt Romney threw his hat into the ring. But it did mount a detailed defense of Obama’s economic record, as Romney warned…

Tornadoes have already killed 523 in 2011

CHICAGO — The United States is experiencing its deadliest year for tornadoes since 1936 and the fifth worst year on record, officials said Thursday. With the tornado season far from over, the 2011 toll rose to 523 Thursday. It includes four new victims who died in hospital nearly two weeks…

MI6 campaign against Inspire magazine hoped to confuse terrorists

LONDON — Would-be terrorists searching the Internet for tips on how to build bombs were instead taught how to bake the perfect cupcake after an intervention by MI6, the Telegraph reported Friday. Intelligence agency MI6 launched the cyber-operation against Jihadi magazine, “Inspire”, in an attempt to hamper attempts by Al-Qaeda…

Three arrested in protest of proposed North Carolina same sex marriage ban

Three activists were arrested Thursday afternoon after entering the North Carolina House floor and chanting “Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina” while the chamber was in session. The incident was part of a GetEQUAL campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would define…

Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard: Abductors ‘stole my life’

PLACERVILLE, California – A California woman kidnapped as a girl and repeatedly raped over 18 years hit out at her abductors Thursday saying they had stolen her life, as a court sent the couple away behind bars. Jaycee Dugard, who was 11 when she was seized and is now 31,…

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