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‘NRA’ draws louder cheers than ‘Christian values’ at Perry’s Liberty University event

Rev. Jerry Falwell may have founded Liberty University, but students there seemed more interested in firearms than Christ during a Wednesday event featuring Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Mention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) drew noticeably louder cheers than did the notion of “Christian values,” which only prompted a…

Bernanke sees ‘loss of momentum’ in jobs market

WASHINGTON (AFP) – After a slew of wretched economic news, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has warned there had been a “loss of momentum” in the already tepid US jobs market. Two years into a slow and largely jobless recovery, Bernanke predicted employment and growth would eventually pick up, but…

Redford: ‘The parallels are obvious’ between my movie and Bush-era policies

In Robert Redford’s new movie, The Conspirator, a cabinet official decides that what he thinks can assure the stability of the nation is more important that the individual liberties afforded by the Constitution of that nation. Thus, he pursues military tribunals instead of civilian trials for those he determines are…

Charlie Sheen turns around his fortunes in Chicago

CHICAGO — After a fiasco in Detroit, troubled US actor Charlie Sheen appeared to have turned around his fortunes here, delivering a largely successful show that ended with an ovation. “Instead of the disjointed exercise in hero worship he had presented on night one of his theatrical tour in Detroit…

WATCH: Rumsfeld releases bizarre video from Saddam

WASHINGTON — Donald Rumsfeld has resurrected a bizarre gift from Saddam Hussein: a video that purports to show female Syrian soldiers biting the heads off snakes, and a male comrade stabbing a puppy to death. The former US defense secretary, an architect of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in…

China state-run media play down protest calls

BEIJING – China’s state media on Monday dismissed a weekend web campaign for Middle East-style protests as “performance art”, while also urging public patience over a number of contentious social problems. “The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have spread in the Middle East, and some in the West want China…

Murdoch buys education tech provider, 3 million-student audience

Wireless Generation, a US education technology company, will become a subsidiary of News Corporation for about $360 million in cash as Rupert Murdoch seeks to expand his company into academia. The company provides technology solutions for an audience of over 3 million students nation-wide. On Monday, News Corporation, the parent…

‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ loses nearly half its audience in second week

Sarah Palin is having trouble keeping the interest of her fans. In its second week, Palin’s reality show lost 40 percent of its audience. With almost five million viewers, the first episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska became TLC’s most watched debut ever. But the show’s second episode attracted only 3…

Watch: Olbermann’s 20 minute rant against the Tea Party: Only a ‘cabal of corporations’ are laughing

Ouch. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted 20 minutes of his “Countdown” program Wednesday evening to an all-out attack on the Tea Party and its candidates. “It is,” he said, “as if a group of moderately talented performers has walked on stage at a comedy club on Improv night. Each hears a…

‘Kinect’ motion control for Xbox 360 makes debut

Microsoft’s hotly-anticipated motion-sensing controllers for Xbox 360 videogame consoles made their debut before an invitation-only audience in a Los Angeles theater late Sunday. Technology developed by Microsoft under the code name Project Natal was re-christened “Kinect.” The potentially revolutionary device uses a 3-D camera and gesture recognition software to let…

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