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Walter Reed Army hospital to close its doors

WASHINGTON — The storied Walter Reed Army hospital, where generations of American soldiers came to heal their wounds, will shut down in September, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “Walter Reed is closing its doors on the 15th of September permanently after 102 years of service to the nation. For many of…

Rhinoceros head stolen from French museum

BLOIS, France — Thieves stole a rhinoceros head from a museum in France, the latest in a string of raids thought to be fuelled by an international trade, police and museum sources said on Monday. Staff at the natural history museum in Blois, 160 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of Paris,…

White House to pay $37 million in salaries for 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it will pay $37,121,463 in salaries for 454 employees in 2011. Three policy advisors have a salary of zero, while more than 20 make the highest pay grade: $172,200. More than 30 percent earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year while…

House to use Skype for constituent calls, despite security concerns

Technology experts for the House of Representatives said in a memo Tuesday that House members will now be able to use the free Internet-based phone and videoconferencing service Skype. Security concerns had originally stopped the House from allowing use of Skype, logisticians explained to The Hill. “There’s a concern about…

Lawsuit claims Sony fired network security staff before PSN breach

Just two weeks before hackers stole millions PlayStation Network and Qriocity user accounts, Sony Corp laid off employees responsible for network security, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Reuters reported Friday that the class action lawsuit alleges the company spent lavishly to protect its corporate secrets but was less concerned…

Bible cited as reason for kicking gay men out of public pool

Activists in Kentucky are planning a peaceful response after two gay men with developmental and intellectual disabilities were kicked out of a public pool. A maintenance technician reportedly cited the Bible while telling the two men they couldn’t swim at The Pavilion, a government-funded recreational facility in Hazard, Kentucky. “We…

Despite sinking polls and fleeing staff, Gingrich clings to 2012 campaign

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is back on the campaign trail as of last weekend, clinging to his candidacy despite having no staff and a lack of widespread public support. At a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Los Angeles Sunday night, a reporter asked Gingrich if he still…

IMF ex-chief Strauss-Kahn had separate ethics rules

When International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested after being accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York City, onlookers wondered whether the IMF would sanction him for abusing his position (Strauss-Kahn reportedly yelled “don’t you know who I am?” while attacking the maid). Strauss-Kahn resigned,…

New York bill arms hotel maids with a ‘panic button’

NEW YORK — Hotel maids should be given panic buttons to guard against the kind of sexual assault former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly made on a woman cleaning his room, a New York lawmaker said Tuesday. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, in the New York state legislature, told AFP that his…

California prison riot leaves two stabbed, many injured

LOS ANGELES — At least two inmates were stabbed Friday in a “large scale riot” at a maximum security prison in California, where gunfire was used to quell the unrest, authorities said. Around 150 inmates were involved in the disturbance that started mid-morning in the main exercise yard of the…

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