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Epic winter storm hits central US

CHICAGO – The central United States was caught in the grip of a historic winter storm Wednesday, buried by drifting snow and sleet that ground air and road travel to a halt. The storm — one of the largest winter storms since the 1950s, according to NASA — stretched for…

U. of Ill. denies William Ayers emeritus status

University of Illinois denies 1960s radical William Ayers largely honorary emeritus status The University of Illinois on Thursday denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed Kennedy’s father, Robert F. Kennedy. All nine…

Evacuations ordered as Earl bears down on US east coast

US holidaymakers Wednesday began to flee the path of Hurricane Earl, slightly weakened but still packing potentially devastating winds and rains as it sped toward the US east coast. Weather experts said the category three storm — which once been as powerful as a category four — was likely to…

Glenn Beck blames Weathermen for Homer Simpson’s stupidity

Complaints that TV sitcoms undercut the traditional American family have been commonplace for the last decade. But it took Fox News host Glenn Beck to turn the idea into a far-reaching conspiracy theory. One article from 2003, for example, remarked that “comic portrayals of men have become increasingly negative. The…

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