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New NSA leak documents show how the US is bugging its European allies

By Ewen MacAskill in Rio de Janeiro and Julian Borger US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing…

Just Change The Damn Football Team’s Name Already

Alex Pareene at Salon has a remarkable article up today about the Washington R*dsk*ns hiring Frank Luntz to try to convince people that the obnoxious racial slur that is the team’s name should not be recognized for what it is. The article makes an excellent case for bothering to consult history…

Lawsuit: Police accused woman of making up rape claim about serial rapist

A woman in Lynnwood, Washington has sued several police and city officials after she was accused of lying about being raped, according to Courthouse News Service. The man she accused of raping her, Marc Patrick O’Leary, was later sentenced to more than 300 years in prison in 2011. In 2008,…

NSA spying allegations mean U.S. could provide ‘virtually unlimited’ info on citizens to allies

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – Revelations of a huge, secret U.S. Internet spying program have raised awkward questions for allies, forced to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home. U.S. officials have confirmed the existence of the…

Tennessee couple accused of sticking 5-year-old daughter in oven

A Tennessee man who is a registered sex offender and his girlfriend were accused of aggravated child abuse and neglect against their three children, including charges they disciplined their 5-year-old daughter by stuffing her in an unlit oven. WBIR-TV reported on Saturday that 34-year-old Lavelldo Washington and 23-year-old Corneisha Wilkerson…

More than 70 cats rescued from ‘hoarder’ couple’s home

The Humane Society shelter in Silverdale, Washington, became a full house after animal control officials began the rescue of more than 70 cats and kittens from a local couple. The Kitsap Sun reported on Friday that 46 of the cats were turned over by the couple after officials arrived at…

Gingrich: Me dropping out just ‘a Washington, New York fixation’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would continue to campaign until Mitt Romney obtained all the delegates he needed to win the nomination. “I was in North Carolina yesterday,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Not a single person asked me to drop out and many, many people…

WATCH LIVE: Santorum gives speech after primaries

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks after the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin primaries. Watch live, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Government takes 92-year-old woman’s money after believing she died

A 92-year-old woman from Port Angeles, Washington revealed Friday afternoon that she had lost thousands of dollars due to her bank and the government believing she was dead, according to KOMO-TV. Betty Longshore told her unusual story Friday of how her bank, First Federal, was sent a notice by the…

Obama campaign takes in $5 million in one day

US President Barack Obama, juggling dual roles as fundraiser extraordinaire and commander-in-chief, piled up a cool five million dollars in a lucrative single-day campaign blitz. In no other country is a leader expected to tend to a deteriorating war he is leading in Afghanistan on the same day as conducting…

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