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Democratic lawmaker introduces LGBT-inclusive immigration reform bill

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wants to do something about the nearly 6 million people that have been separated from their spouses, minor children, sisters or brothers for years because of an immigration backlog. The congressman announced Thursday that he was introducing the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 2709) to reform the…

NASA’s Dawn probe closes in on giant asteroid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Dawn space probe is closing in on its first target, the massive asteroid Vesta, almost four years after its journey began in September 2007, NASA said Tuesday. Dawn is on a long-haul mission to unlock the secrets of the solar system by studying the two largest…

Toll of deadliest storm system this season rises to 17

At least 17 have died in the last two days as a result of the severe weather tearing across the southern United States, CNN reports. Hundreds of callers reported tornadoes that downed power lines, wrecked houses and downed trees. Deaths have been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, according…

Want to save fuel? Fly a kite, German inventor says

THE NORTH SEA, Germany (AFP) – The blue-hulled vessel would slip by unnoticed on most seas if not for the white kite, high above her prow, towing her to what its creators hope will be a bright, wind-efficient future. The enormous kite, which looks like a paraglider, works in tandem…

Experts: Wisconsin only ‘Republican broke’

According to The Wisconsin State Journal some economists allege that Governor Scott Walker’s budget crisis is a fabrication invented out of whole cloth and predicated on a series of tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. Walker has repeatedly asserted that the state is “broke”, but using the word “broke”…

Android smartphone share to rise, prices to fall

WASHINGTON — Google’s Android mobile operating system will power nearly half of the smartphones worldwide by the end of next year, technology research company Gartner said Thursday. Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units this year, up 57.7 percent from 2010, increase to 630 million units next year and…

Epsilon hackers ‘highly sophisticated cyber thieves’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An online marketing firm hit by what may be one of the biggest data thefts ever was the victim of “highly sophisticated cyber thieves,” according to its parent company. Alliance Data Systems Corp. also reiterated that only the names and email addresses of customers were stolen in…

US judge tosses $625 million award against Apple

WASHINGTON – A US District Court judge in Texas has tossed out a $625.5 million damages award against Apple in a patent infringement case involving a document management and display system. Judge Leonard Davis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, Texas, vacated the…

Massachusetts finds expired food in school cafeterias

BOSTON (Reuters) – Out-of-date food has been found lingering in public school cafeterias across Massachusetts, sent from warehouses up to six weeks past “use by” dates, the state department of education said on Friday. Roughly a dozen schools reported expired food shipments or sought guidance on an inconsistent system for…

Minnesota Republican: ‘I watched Minneapolis get destroyed’ by integration

As Minnesota’s state senate debates a public school funding bill that would remove funding from integration programs in the major cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth and shift it to a statewide literacy drive, one freshman Republican has been particularly blunt in his opinions. “I watched Minneapolis get destroyed,” Sen.…

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