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Bachmann and McConnell make watchdog group’s ‘Most Corrupt’ lawmakers list

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were among the more prominent names on a list of the “most corrupt” members of Congress released by a congressional watchdog group on Wednesday. The report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) names 13 lawmakers in…

Debris narrowly misses space station

MOSCOW — An unidentified piece of debris narrowly missed the International Space Station on Tuesday in a rare incident that forced the six-member crew to scramble to their rescue craft. The piece of space junk missed the fragile orbiter by just 250 metres (820 feet), the Interfax news agency quoted…

Watchdog: Sen. Vitter tried to ‘bribe’ Sec. Salazar with pay raise

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) may have gone too far when he demanded President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary approve deepwater oil well permits in exchange for a salary increase. CREW filed a complaint (PDF) Tuesday calling for the Senate…

Group: Boehner broke the law by spending $500,000 to defend DOMA

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint Tuesday against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), alleging that he violated the law and House rules by agreeing to pay an outside law firm $500,000 to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In the complaint…

Fighting still rages in Libya despite no-fly zone

TRIPOLI – Fighting raged between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and insurgents in several towns on Tuesday despite a UN-mandated no-fly zone aimed at stopping the violence. Meanwhile, as a senior US officer said Kadhafi forces were still attacking civilians, doubts persisted over the best way to continue…

U.S. fighter jet crashes in rebel-held Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet crashed in Libya overnight after apparent mechanical failure but its crew were safe, a spokesman for the U.S. military Africa Command said on Tuesday. Libyan rebels rescued the pilot after he ejected from the warplane which came down near the…

Somali pirates hijack US yacht

By Jean-Marc Mojon NAIROBI — Somali pirates on Friday hijacked a yacht with four Americans on board in the Indian Ocean, a non-governmental organisation monitoring regional maritime activity said. Ecoterra International said the S/V Quest was seized in the afternoon 240 nautical miles (275 miles) off the coast of Oman.…

Experiment volunteers ‘walk on Mars’

KOROLEV, Russia (AFP) – A group of volunteers isolated from the outside world for eight months stepped out on a mock-up of Mars on Monday, reaching the half-way point of their experimental “voyage” to the Red Planet. Outfitted in heavy white space suits and clunky boots, the Russian and Italian…

Anderson Cooper ‘punched in the head’ 10 times by pro-Mubarak thugs

UPDATE: CNN aired shaky footage Wednesday of reporter Anderson Cooper’s camera crew under attack during the protests in Cairo. The footage showed what Cooper said were pro-Mubarak counter-protesters trying to stop the crew from filming. Cooper had said earlier he was hit 10 times by protesters, the video only shows…

New footage suggests Navy leadership knew about ‘raunchy’ films

More video footage produced by a senior officer aboard the USS Enterprise has emerged, and one clip suggests Naval leadership may have known what the Enterprise’s second-in-command was up to. Capt. Owen Honors was relieved of his command of the Enterprise this week, when footage from a series of “raunchy”…

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