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Revealed: NSA spied on Martin Luther King and senators opposed to Vietnam War

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed “disreputable,” declassified documents revealed Wednesday. The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s…

Space cadets gather in D.C. for one-way ticket to Mars

Around 40 volunteers from thousands who applied for a one-way ticket to Mars gathered in the US capital Saturday to hear from the man behind plans to colonize the Red Planet. Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes will…

Learning to throw shouldered big evolutionary step for humans

The shoulder may have been one of mankind’s greatest evolutionary successes, allowing us to kill prey by hurling spears or rocks, a study said on Wednesday. Focusing on a relatively underappreciated part of the anatomy, scientists said the shoulder was the key part of a throwing mechanism that evolved about…

Colleges sue impoverished recent grads over unpaid Perkins loans

Three of the highest-profile colleges in America are suing students over unpaid student loans, according to a Tuesday report in Bloomberg News. Yale University, George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania have all filed lawsuits recently over loans to students that have fallen into default. The lawsuits all focus…

Harvard law professor predicts George Zimmerman will be acquitted

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday said that George Zimmerman, who was recently arrested second degree murder, would probably be acquitted of the crime because of a lack of evidence. “Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin,” he said on MSNBC. “This is so thin that it…

Bernanke schools public on Federal Reserve’s role

WASHINGTON — Facing brickbats from left and right, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke revisited his academic roots to answer the skeptics Tuesday, delivering a public lecture on the bank’s role. The bookish former professor visited George Washington University to give the first in a series of four lectures on central…

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