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Pakistani journalist calls for death penalty for CIA station chief

A Pakistani journalist who says he lost his family in a US drone strike has sued the CIA for $500 million, and is filing a request to keep the CIA’s alleged station chief in Islamabad from leaving the country. “We appeal to the authorities not to let Jonathan Banks escape…

NBC station: Will acceptance of gays bring downfall of America?

An east Texas NBC affiliate devoted a segment on its morning show Wednesday to ask viewers and listeners if acceptance of gays will bring the downfall of the country. “The acceptance of homosexuality, pushed hard by the gay rights activists, will it be the fall of this country?” asked Garth…

Space station to shift orbit to dodge space junk

Russia’s space command Tuesday ordered the International Space Station to change its orbit slightly to avoid collision with a piece of floating debris that could cause serious damage, officials said. Officials ordered that rockets be fired for 180 seconds at 1025 GMT to shift the orbit by 700 meters, mission…

Russian to offer space tourists an orbiting hotel

Russian private firm vows to fill vacuum in space tourism market with orbiting hotel A Russian firm on Wednesday announced an ambitious bid to fill the vacuum in the space tourism market by stationing an orbiting hotel in the cosmos. The Moscow-based Orbital Technologies has sky-high hopes that its planned…

Peace activist tackled after approaching McCain

A woman was thrown to the ground by a security officer for approaching Senator John McCain with an anti-war sign and shouting slogans after a debate on Sunday night. The woman was among a group of protesters who gathered outside of the Phoenix television station where the debate for the…

US escalates propaganda war in Afghanistan

US-funded station distributes thousands of radios to counter Taliban propaganda A U.S.-funded radio station is hoping a small hand-cranked radio can help turn the tide in a propaganda war against the Taliban, handing out thousands of the devices in the hopes of winning over ordinary Afghans. The idea is to…

LAPD brass plead for calm; protesters egg station

LAPD brass vows to investigate fatal shooting of day laborer; protesters egg police station Police Chief Charlie Beck pleaded for calm and vowed his department would conduct an exhaustive investigation into a bicycle officer’s fatal shooting of a drunken day laborer with a knife. But his words did little to…

Gunman dies after firing at suburban Dallas police

Gunman dies after firing shots at suburban Dallas police station; college campus shut down A gunman drove a pickup truck into a suburban Dallas police department parking lot Tuesday, lit the truck on fire and started shooting at the police station, officials said. He died at the scene. McKinney police…

Pirates take over small-town radio signal

Residents of San Mateo County, California are hearing an unusual sound on the 89.3 frequency of their FM radios these days. Commercial-free radio programmed by real, local people. San Francisco-based Pirate Cat Radio has put KPDO on the air full-time. The station’s new home, nestled among coastal farmlands, is about…

Russia blames Chechnya’s ‘Black Widows’ for suicide bombings

Obama condemns Moscow blasts as ‘outrageous’ Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on packed metro trains in Moscow on Monday, killing at least 38 people near the ex-KGB headquarters and Gorky Park, in attacks blamed on Islamists. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed those behind the rush-hour attacks would be…

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