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Oklahoma oil rig bursts into flames

An oil rig in Northwestern Oklahoma exploded late Monday night and several homes within a mile radius were evacuated. “It was a routine drilling operation and for some reason, that’s under investigation, they lost control of the well,” Rick Muncrief of Continental Resources told a local news station. No injuries…

Rep. Charlie Rangel crashes Rick Perry event in New York

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Monday inadvertently crashed a fundraiser for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in upper Manhattan. Rangel told reporters he had no idea that the event was a fundraiser for the presidential candidate. “I think Republicans have a major problem with their candidates,” he said, in response to…

Occupy Wall Street organizer: Republicans are the ones waging class warfare

David Graeberm, one of the organizers of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest, said Monday on Democracy Now that it was Republicans, not President Barack Obama, who were engaged in class warfare. “Well, generally speaking, when you hear a Republican talk about class warfare, you know they’re waging it,” he said.…

Iowa Democrats take aim at Tim Pawlenty as he kicks off ‘Road to Results’ tour

In advance of Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s “Road to Results” tour, the Iowa Democratic Party has released a new video claiming he drove Minnesota straight into the ditch as governor. Pawlenty announced his Iowa “Road to Results” tour on Thursday. He plans to drive 687 miles in an RV,…

Police: Death of News of the World whistleblower ‘not suspicious’

LONDON — A whistleblower in the phone-hacking scandal, former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare, was found dead at his home Monday but there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances, police said. Hoare alleged in interviews with The New York Times newspaper and the BBC last year that the…

PM calls emergency parliament session over hacking

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday bowed to opposition pressure and called an emergency session of parliament as the spiralling phone-hacking scandal claimed the scalp of Britain’s top police chief. As Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper empire, protested her innocence after her arrrest, Cameron defended…

China assails U.S. over Dalai Lama, fallout seen limited

BEIJING (Reuters) – China stepped up its criticism of Washington on Monday after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, but stopped short of threatening retaliation, indicating Beijing was keen to avoid escalating tensions between the world’s biggest economies. Obama met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader for 45 minutes on…

Michele Bachmann refuses to answer questions about her husband’s clinic

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) has remained silent on her husband’s Christian counseling center, which reportedly practices a discredited “reparative therapy” aimed at converting patients into heterosexuals. ABC News presented undercover video Monday that confirms the clinic owned by Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, does indeed…

Iran denies U.S. claims it armed Iraq rebels

TEHRAN — Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday rejected accusations by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran had armed rebels in neighbouring Iraq. “The United States is not in a good position in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are doing everything they can to maintain their military presence…

DR Congo rape victims to get $3.5 million from the European Union

KINSHASA — The European Union will provide 2.5 million euros ($3.5 million) to help care for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo under an agreement signed Monday. The cash will go towards “appropriate medical care” for victims of sexual attacks in the east of the country, the EU…

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