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Oceanography professor: Mississippi river is the toilet of North America

Jeremy Jackson, Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, described the mouth of the Mississippi as “the bowl of the toilet of North America” during a speech at the California Academy of Sciences in September. He explained that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was only one…

Bachmann suggests Liberty University the greatest ‘in the history of the world’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann did a little pandering Wednesday during her visit to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. “Is there any better university in the history of the world?” she asked the crowd of students, who she called “Christian warriors.” “I think we all know it is awesome to be…

Senate confirms first openly gay district judge

WASHINGTON — The US Senate late Monday overwhelmingly confirmed the first openly gay male federal judge in US history. Senators voted 80-13 to confirm Paul Oetken to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy praised Oetken as “a superbly qualified…

California schools must include LGBT historical figures

LOS ANGELES — The gay, lesbian and transgender community’s contributions to US history will be integrated into future California public school curriculum, in line with a law signed Thursday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. California is the first American state to legislate the issue, after a similar measure was approved…

CA lawmakers pass bill to teach LGBT history

SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuters) – A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said publicly whether he supports the bill,…

Supreme Court blocks Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit

The Supreme Court has ruled against 1.5 million women who claim they were discriminated against by retail giant Wal-Mart. The court unanimously said that what would have been the largest class action in American history could not go forward because the case would have been too big and unfair to…

Official: Billions missing in Iraq may be ‘largest theft of funds in national history’

Approximately $6.6 billion in cash was likely stolen after being flown to Iraq during the months that followed the U.S.-led invasion, Pentagon officials said recently. Stuart Bowen, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, told The Los Angeles Times that the sum just might be “the largest theft of…

Sarah Palin: ‘I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere’

Failed former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin insists that she didn’t flub the history of Paul Revere. The former Alaska governor was widely mocked last week when she offered a skewed version of the Revere story. “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking…

U.S. admits Japanese-American internment ‘mistake’

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department recognized Friday that “mistakes” were made in its legal defense of the forced relocation and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy, the United States forcibly displaced over 110,000 people…

Belgian minister slammed over Nazi remarks

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center called Tuesday for Belgium’s justice minister to be sacked over controversial remarks he made about World War II Nazi collaborators. Stefan De Clerck has come under fire for calling for an “adult” debate in Belgium about granting amnesty to wartime…

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