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GOP presidential hopeful gets whacked in head by door

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who is considering whether to run for president, received 16 stitches to his forehead on Friday after he was accidentally hit by a door at a gym, officials said. The accident occurred at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis, according…

84-year-old man allegedly beaten by police officer after calling 911

An Alabama police officer allegedly hospitalized an elderly man who called 911 to report an accident across the street from his house while his wife watched the entire beating from her wheelchair. The Courthouse News Service reported that 84-year-old Dorsey Henderson of Fairhope, Alabama called 911 after investigating the car…

With an eye to Japan, world pledges cash for Chernobyl

KIEV (Reuters) – The world community, spurred by the nuclear crisis in Japan, on Tuesday pledged 550 million euros ($780 million) extra cash to help build a new containment shell at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Ukraine had hoped for 740 million euros from world governments and international organizations at a conference…

More bodies found in Air France wreckage

PARIS (Reuters) – Parts of the wreckage of an Air France plane found in the Atlantic at the weekend contain the bodies of some of the passengers who died when the aircraft crashed off Brazil in 2009, the French government said on Monday. Air France flight 447, an Airbus 330-203 plane, plunged into the ocean…

NY Chinatown bus in another deadly crash

NEW YORK – Two people died and dozens were injured in the second fatal accident of a bus from New York’s Chinatown in a matter of days, police said Tuesday. The bus running from Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood to Philadelphia sped off the tarmac and along the grass divider on the…

14 killed in NYC tour bus crash

NEW YORK (AFP) – A tour bus flipped over on a highway in New York city early Saturday, killing 14 people and leaving a least six others in critical conditions, authorities said. “The accident was horrific. Fourteen people are dead and others are badly hurt,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The…

Spill no reason to halt deep sea drilling: BP

MALMOE, Sweden – Last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked by an explosion on a BP-leased platform is no reason to stop deep sea drilling, the group’s chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said Monday. “If we truly learn from this accident, I see no reason to close off the deep…

Official sought to keep meeting secret in trooper crash case

When the place and time of a workers’ compensation hearing for a former Illinois state trooper was unexpectedly changed, some suspected that something shady had happened. It turns out they were right. E-mails obtained by the Belleville News-Democrat through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act showed that workers’ compensation arbitrator…

Exclusive: ‘US empire’ will fall due to lack of faith, not finances or war, author warns

As many in America longingly talk of “recovery” from the most devastating economic condition since the Great Depression, others have begun thinking in a very different direction, urging fellow citizens to prepare for the worst. Dmitry Orlov, author of “Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects,” is one of…

‘I never exhaled’: Former GOP governor admits to recent pot-smoking

A former Republican governor of New Mexico has admitted that he smoked pot as late as 2008. It’s no secret that Gary Johnson, who was governor from 1994 to 2002, is an advocate for marijuana legalization. In a recent interview with The New Republic, Johnson joked, “I never exhaled.” In…

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