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21 sickened from Salmonella-tainted sprouts in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — An outbreak of salmonella poisoning in salad sprouts has sickened 21 people in the United States but is not connected to the German E. coli outbreak, health authorities said Tuesday. The illnesses arose between April 12 and June 7 and so far have spanned five states. Three people…

Sen. Harry Reid: Republicans living in a fantasy world

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Tuesday that his Republican friends seem to be living in a fantasy world because of their views on deficit-reduction. “Republicans should start accepting the hard truths we face and work with us to do the right thing for the middle class instead…

Charges dismissed against woman arrested while videotaping traffic stop from her front yard

The case against a 28-year-old woman charged with obstructing governmental administration after refusing a police officer’s order to leave her front yard while she was videotaping a traffic stop has been dismissed. WHEC reported a judge dismissed the case against Emily Good of Rochester, New York on Monday because there…

Bachmann fans float Wikipedia edits to cover candidate’s recent gaffes

Several strange edits have shown up on Wikipedia entries pertaining to famed Americans referenced by Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann — specifically, it appears that her fans have attempted to rewrite the lives of actor John Wayne and President John Quincy Adams to fit her woefully inaccurate retellings of history.…

Google predicts U.S. will miss up to $3.2 trillion in GDP growth if green tech isn’t encouraged

Web giant Google said Tuesday that the United States stands to lose up to $3.2 trillion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth if it further delays policies that encourage renewable energy technology. In an economic study published on the company’s official blog, Google researchers assumed several key breakthroughs would…

Activists rally to push for maximum sentence for NYPD cops acquitted of rape

This morning, a group of activists gathered in across the street from the Foley Square Courthouse in New York City to demand the maximum sentencing for Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, the former NYPD officers at the center of the well-publicized “rape cops” trial. Moreno and Mata were acquitted of…

House to use Skype for constituent calls, despite security concerns

Technology experts for the House of Representatives said in a memo Tuesday that House members will now be able to use the free Internet-based phone and videoconferencing service Skype. Security concerns had originally stopped the House from allowing use of Skype, logisticians explained to The Hill. “There’s a concern about…

Woman sprays police with breast milk

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she sprayed sheriff’s deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle, police said on Monday. Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to…

Olbermann: Fire TSA’s chief and replace him with ‘a human being’

During his reoccurring “Worst Persons” segment Monday night, Current TV’s liberal host Keith Olbermann called for John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to be fired and replaced with “a human being.” Olbermann was reacting to reports that the TSA instructed a woman to remove her 95-year-old mother’s…

How the BET Awards are a symbol for 2011

Infamous YouTube rant-master Jay Smooth explains how the epic blooper at the BET Awards — presenter Tiffany Green was shown two different winners, between her cue card and the teleprompter — changed his life: He now has an iconic image to explain his feelings and symbolize his generation, he said.…

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