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Helicopter crashes in New York’s East River

NEW YORK — A helicopter crashed into the East River off Manhattan on Tuesday, New York police said, with one person still missing. A police officer at the scene told AFP that three passengers and the pilot had been rescued after the crash into the swirling river. One more person…

New York City Fire Dept. welcomes first transgender firefighter

The New York City Fire Department has welcomed a transgender woman to its male-dominated team. The New York Post reported she is the first transgender firefighter in the city’s history. The tall blonde, named Brooke, is a third generation firefighter and has been assigned to the Metrotech headquarters, a department…

Van Jones: ‘I am mad at us for being so quiet’

Former Obama adviser Van Jones came to the “Take Back The American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday with one big message: stop being mad at the tea party, and started learning from them. “I’m not mad at [the tea party] for being so loud,” he said. “I’m mad…

O’Reilly guest compares Chaz Bono to heroin addicts, anorexic people

One person certainly hoping Chaz Bono doesn’t win Dancing with the Stars is Dr. Keith Albow. The psychiatrist continued his objection towards the transgender child of Sunny and Cher Bono, who is competing on the ABC show, on The O’Reilly Factor Monday evening. Earlier in the month, Albow wrote on…

Calorie counts higher than advertised in restaurants

WASHINGTON — Nearly one in five dishes served at US restaurants has at least 100 more calories than advertised, a difference that could pack on up to 15 kilograms (22 pounds) per year, said a study on Tuesday. While most of the 269 foods measured at random in the three-state…

Peer pressure makes people form false memories: study

A study released this week shows that when a person is peer pressured, they can form false memories, convincing themselves of different recollections of the past to fit what others insist is true. The study was published in Science this week. Study subjects watched a movie in groups, then were…

Only one ticket issued so far in New York parks smoking ban

The controversial smoking ban in New York City parks has been in place for just over a month now, and the Wall Street Journal reports that only one ticket has been issued for violating it. The one person who has been ticketed, according to the article, is a New York…

Texas Gov. Perry adds anti-TSA groping bill to special session

A bill that would restrict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers from conducting pat-down searches at airport security checkpoints will return in the Texas legislature’s next special session thanks to Gov. Rick Perry. Perry, the latest Republican to flirt with a possible presidential run in 2012, selected the bill for the…

‘Malintent detection’ technology tested in the northeast United States

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun field testing new technology designed to identify people who intend to commit a terrorist act. Nature reported that the DHS has been conducting tests of Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) in the past few months at an undisclosed location in the…

Feds threaten to ground Texas airplanes if anti-groping bill becomes law

A bill that would criminalize TSA agents who conduct airport patdown searches was scuttled Tuesday night after the federal government threatened to ground all flights out of Texas. The proposed law would have levied misdemeanor charges against security agents who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly [touch] the anus, sexual organ, buttocks,…

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