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Missouri tornado toll rises to 132 amid search

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – The death toll from one of the worst tornadoes ever to hit the United States has risen to 132 as crews continued to search the rubble for survivors and victims. Five days after the massive tornado cut a miles-long (kilometers-long) path of destruction through this town…

Obama to address memorial for tornado victims

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will take part on Sunday in a ceremony to mourn the 132 people killed by a powerful tornado which tore through a Missouri town, the White House said. Obama, who will only arrive back in the United States from a European tour on…

Gil Scott-Heron, ‘Godfather of Rap’, dies at 62

NEW YORK (AFP) – The legendary US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, known as the “Godfather of Rap,” has died in New York at the age of 62, his recording company announced. The musician, best known for his song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, died Friday at a New…

EXCLUSIVE: Hundreds protest NYPD rape verdict in New York City

New York City activists and feminists rallied yesterday to protest the acquittal of two New York City police officers on rape charges. The acquittal occurred despite what protesters call “overwhelming evidence” against the accused, including a taped statement by one officer that he had used a condom and penetrated the…

Congress nixes chance of Obama recess appointments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republican senators on Friday forced the US Senate to stay in session over its week-long Memorial Day break in a bid to prevent President Barack Obama from nominating a controversial head of a new consumer protection bureau. Obama has the right to make so-called “recess appointments” any…

Larry Wilkerson: Congress’s ‘remarkable’ reaction to Netanyahu might be explained by money

The bellicose speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress earlier this week was received with multiple standing ovations from members of both parties, raising many questions about the politics in play. Larry Wilkerson, a former chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, appeared on The…

Larry Wilkerson: Congress’s ‘remarkable’ reaction to Netanyahu might be explained by money

The bellicose speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress earlier this week was received with multiple standing ovations from members of both parties, raising many questions about the politics in play. Larry Wilkerson, a former chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, appeared on The…

Hackers penetrate U.S. defense contractors’ security networks

Reuters is reporting that unknown hackers have broken into the networks of Lockheed Martin and other major defense contractors and may have gained access to sensitive information on present and future weapons systems. Reuters had reported earlier on Friday that “Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, is experiencing a…

Judge strikes down ban on corporate campaign donations

A federal judge has struck down a 1905 law which prevented corporations from making direct donations to political campaigns. Although the case is likely to wind up in the Supreme Court, there is already speculation that it could completely upend a campaign funding system already in disarray as a result…

Texas Gov. Perry signs voter restrictions into law

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) signed a bill into law Friday morning that would require voters to present a photo identification before casting a ballot, capping a years-long legislative battle with Democrats, who allege the measure is a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress votes from their core constituencies. The law contains a provision…

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