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Utah legalizes use of gold, silver as currency

Utah this week became the first state to legalize the use of gold and silver coins as legal currency, the according to the Associated Press. Republican state Rep. Brad Galvez sponsored the bill, which also excludes gold and silver from capital gains taxes, as a protest against Federal Reserve policies.…

Texas to ban legal stimulant ‘bath salts’

A new type of synthetic stimulant drug masquerading as “bath salts” is on the verge of getting banned in the state of Texas after a number of highly publicized suicides caught the attention of a state lawmaker. The substance, taken as a legal stand-in for cocaine or methamphetamine, is usually…

Missouri tornado destruction chokes up Weather Channel reporter

The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes arrived in Joplin, Missouri minutes after a tornado devastated the area. Bettes became overcome with emotion while reporting on the aftermath. Watch this video from NBC’s Today Show, broadcast May 23, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad…

Strauss-Kahn will be cleared of sex crimes: lawyer

NEW YORK (AFP) – The lead attorney for ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has expressed confidence his client will be cleared of sexual assault and attempted rape charges leveled against him by a hotel chambermaid. The French politician, until recently considered a serious contender for France’s presidency, was holed up in…

Tornado rips through Missouri, death toll rises to 89

CHICAGO (AFP) – A massive tornado that swept through the Missouri town of Joplin has killed at least 89 people, the city manager announced early Monday. “We have 89 confirmed dead due to this tornado,” City manager Mark Rohr said in a statement. The tornado struck the town of Joplin…

Footage shows extent of tornado damage to Joplin, Missouri

A whopping 46 tornadoes touched down across the midwestern U.S. on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The most devastating hit Joplin, Missouri, leaving at least 89 people confirmed dead — a toll that’s expected to rise. In the footage below, a storm chaser catches a few brief images…

Jimmy Carter: My role is ‘probably superior’ to that of other presidents

Former President Jimmy Carter is in an awkward position after he told NBC’s Brian Williams that “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” in an interview. Carter quickly tried to clarify, saying that his work at the Carter Center and…

Howard Kurtz calls out fellow CNN host Spitzer’s exclusion from adulterer’s hall of shame

“Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz has beef with his employers. Earlier this week, a “CNN Newsroom” story aired a “hall of shame” of adulterous politicians in light of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity. However, one notable scandalous former politician was left out of the list: Former New York Governor-turned-CNN host Eliot Spitzer.…

Advocacy group pushes back on government wiretapping

A communications public advocacy non-profit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding that the Department of Justice explain why the government can access citizen phone records and other private information. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been controversial since it was implemented in…

Fox News President Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’

UPDATE: Fox News executive disputes claim Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’ Roger Ailes, the president of the Fox News Channel, is not fond of former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, according to sources. “He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” a Republican…

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