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US ill-prepared for emergency radiation: study

WASHINGTON – Most American states are not prepared to cope with a major nuclear radiation event, said a study published Monday that happened to coincide with a feared nuclear disaster in quake-hit Japan. The survey of state health departments was conducted in 2010 and found that almost half of the…

House and Senate Dems to introduce ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ repealing DOMA

WASHINGTON – A coalition of House and Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation designed to roll back the “Defense of Marriage Act” that outlaws same sex marriage. Though unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the measure would highlight the political distance between Democrats and Republicans on this divisive issue. The…

NPR slams ‘inappropriately edited’ attack video

National Public Radio (NPR) is pushing back against video released last week that led to the resignation of their CEO. The video, created by conservative prankster James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas,” showed activists Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar posing as members of the fictional Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) and meeting…

DeLay judge abruptly steps aside after suggesting plea bargains

A Texas judge who’s spent years overseeing the high-profile trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has recused himself from the trials of two DeLay co-defendants, abruptly stepping aside after he reportedly suggested plea bargains to attorneys for the defense. District Judge Pat Priest made the suggestion while…

Father of MLK bomb suspect: Son didn’t plant bomb, is a racist

The father of man suspected of planting a bomb at a Spokane, Washington Martin Luther King Day parade believes that there is no way his son could have committed the crime. After a raid on his home, Kevin Harpham was arrested last Wednesday on charges of attempting to use a…

Fox News chairman Ailes told Palin not to make the ‘blood libel’ video

Among former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s (R) many lucrative jobs is her stint as a Fox News contributor for $1 million per year — which likely also provides her with her largest audience. So before she took to the airwaves to accuse her critics of “blood libel” for tying her…

U.S. millionaires say $7 million not enough to be rich

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A million dollars ain’t what it used to be. More than four out of ten American millionaires say they do not feel rich. Indeed many would need to have at least $7.5 million in order to feel they were truly rich, according to a Fidelity Investments…

Re-opened London museum features extinct animal collection

The refurbished Grant Museum of Zoology in London opened recently, allowing visitors a peek into a variety of their archived materials — including a the bones of a number of now-extinct species, including the dodo. Watch the video, first aired on the BBC on March 14, 2011, below: [Image via…

Obama to meet with Afghanistan commander Petraeus

WASHINGTON (AFP) – General David Petraeus, the commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan, will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, US officials said. The Oval Office meeting, which will be closed to reporters, comes immediately after the US president sits down with Danish…

Top 10 most shocking spending cuts Republicans voted for

WASHINGTON – House Republicans recently passed over $60 billion in spending cuts from current levels for fiscal 2011, pitched as necessary to reduce the massive budget deficit. From disaster relief funding to aid fr abused women, the GOP went after the government’s 2011 budget with a zeal it normally reserves…

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