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U.S. nuclear industry’s fate rests with Southern Co.

NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The future of U.S. nuclear power rests squarely on the shoulders of Atlanta-based Southern Co, which will lead the industry’s effort to prove the concept of new reactor construction after a 30-year hiatus. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on February 9 voted 4-1 to issue…

‘Occupy Maine’ protesters paint artwork to keep occupation legal

A group of more than 60 demonstrators in Portland, Maine marched from Monument Square to the University of Southern Maine on Monday to show their solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in New York City and elsewhere, Bangor Daily News reported. The “Occupy Maine” protesters have been camped out…

Southern Poverty Law Center labels Senator Rand Paul an ‘extremist’

The Southern Poverty Law Center included Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky in a list of “extreme right-wing” candidates in its latest Intelligence Report. The civil rights organization labeled Paul as an extremist because he said that private businesses should not have to follow the Civil Rights Act of 1964…

Amnesty, ACLU call for independent probe after eighth Guantanamo detainee death

The American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are calling for an independent investigation into the death of detainees at Guantanamo Bay after the U.S. military reported another death at the detention facility on Wednesday night. “This latest death highlights the immediate need for a full and independent inquiry into…

Afghan dies in apparent suicide at Guantanamo

MIAMI — A 37-year old Afghan detainee died at Guantanamo Bay in an apparent suicide, the US military said in a statement. The man, identified by one name, Inayatullah, was an admitted planner for Al-Qaeda terrorist operations, according to the Southern Command. He arrived in Guantanamo in September 2007. Inayatullah…

Mississippi governor tries to write Southern racism out of modern history

As the Republican Party positions itself for a major comeback after its electoral losses in 2006 and 2008, it is looking for ways to undercut Barack Obama’s appeal as the nation’s first black president without opening itself to accusations of racism. Evidently as part of that effort, Mississippi Governor Haley…

Scientists find system with 5 Neptune-like planets

European astronomers find star system with at least 5 Neptune-like planets, suspect more European astronomers say they have discovered a star system containing at least five Neptune-like planets. They suspect there are two more, including one that could be the smallest found outside our solar system. Christophe Lovis of Geneva…

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