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Google invests $55 million in California wind energy

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday said it is investing $55 million into a California wind energy farm, raising to $400 million the amount of money the technology giant has pumped into clean energy projects. “The Mojave Desert might be best known for its scorching sun and scary sidewinders,” said…

Death toll from Missouri tornado rises to at least 116

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescue crews clawed through rubble searching for survivors Monday in the wake of the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in nearly 60 years. The massive twister cut a swath of destruction four miles (6.4 kilometers) long and three quarters of a mile (more than…

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…

Osama bin Laden a serious student: Taiwan judo coach

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden stood out not just because of his height but because of his serious, conservative demeanor, according to a Taiwan man who says the al Qaeda leader, killed by U.S. troops on Monday, was a student in his judo classes in Saudi Arabia. Jimmy…

‘Ground Zero mosque’ leader: ‘Muslim-free zones’ are un-American

The developer of a planned Islamic center in lower Manhattan says project won’t be moved away from Ground Zero. Sharif El-Gamal wrote in The New York Daily News Friday that “contrary to some confusing statements reported in the press, Park51 will not move its location.” “It has taken us nine…

Cosmic burst in distant galaxy puzzles NASA

WASHINGTON – NASA is studying a surprising cosmic burst at the center of distant galaxy that has burned for more than a week, longer than astronomers have ever seen before, the US space agency said Thursday. Calling it “one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed,” NASA said it…

Suicide attack on Afghan army center kills 37

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide attack on an army recruitment center in northern Afghanistan killed 37 people on Monday, the third major assault in the area in less than a month, the deputy governor said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the militant…

David Koch: Prank call ‘a case of identity theft’

Billionaire donates $100 million for MIT cancer center Conservative billionaire David Koch says the Gonzo journalist who impersonated him in a recent prank call heard across the nation may be guilty of identity theft. “It’s a case of identity theft,” Koch told the New York Times in a rare interview…

Watchdog lists anti-Islamic blogger’s organization as hate group

Blogger Pamela Geller was at the center of a long-running controversy last summer when she helped ignite a firestorm of protest against the establishment of an Islamic cultural center a few blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center. Now her Stop the Islamicization of America has…

Anti-tax activist forgot his past alliances with progressives

An anti-tax activist told an audience at a conservative forum recently that the left on the political spectrum consisted of nothing more than “competing parasites,” not “friends and allies” of the right. “If we say no to tax increases, stop throwing money, they will cheerfully gnaw at the guy sitting…

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