Posts Tagged 'news'

Think Congressional Gridlock Is Bad? If Reid Changes Filibuster Rules, Look Out

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Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.Enlarge image

Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.


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Beauty Pageant Economics: The Sash Isn’t Cheap

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Jessica Bermudez, 24, models a dress at Deja Vu in Alexandria, Va. Bermudez is competing for the title of Miss District of Columbia USA, and says she ...</p><a class=Continue Reading →

Syrian Internet Mostly Restored After Blackout

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Internet and telephone service were restored across much of Syria on Saturday following a two-day, nationwide communications blackout that came during some of the worst fighting to hit the capital since July.

Experts say the shutdown was likely caused by President Bashar Assad’s regime, raising fears that the government is taking increasingly bold measures to cut off the country from the outside world as it tries to crush a relentless rebellion.

Renesys, a U.S.-based network monitoring firm that studies ...

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‘Anonymous’ Vows To Shut Down Syrian Government Websites

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The news that someone has shut off the Internet (and cellphone service) across Syria has led Anonymous to vow it will “shut down Syrian government websites around the world,” as Reuters’ Anthony DeRosa puts it.

SecurityWeek’s Steve Ragan writes that:

“When the public first learned of the Internet blackout in Syria, the Syrian Minister of Information was quick to blame terrorists and made a halfhearted attempt to assure the world that the government had nothing ...

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WHAM! Doctor Tries Comic Book To Boost Trauma Drug

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Drama ensues when doctors work to save patients bleeding from traumatic injuries.

Drama ensues when doctors work to save patients bleeding from traumatic injuries.

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Tanzania’s Albinos Face Constant Threat Of Attack

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Angel Salvatory, 17, buys cloth at a market in Kabanga village in Tanzania. Albinos living in a nearby protection center are allowed to go to the local ...</p><a class=Continue Reading →

Key To E. Coli-Free Spinach May Be An Ultrasonic Spa Treatment

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Spinach has lots of opportunities to pick up E. coli and other bugs during harvest and growing. Here, a Mexican migrant worker cuts organic spinach during the fall harvest at Grant Family Farms in Wellington, Co.Enlarge image

Spinach has lots of opportunities to pick up E. coli and other bugs during harvest and growing. Here, ...

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Third-Quarter Economic Growth Revised Upward

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Better than expected: Economic growth was higher in the third quarter than first thought. Here, a worker at a Ford plant in Michigan plugs a batter into a Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle.Enlarge image

Better than expected: Economic growth was higher in the third quarter than first thought. Here, a worker at a Ford plant ...

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U.K. Inquiry: News Media ‘Wreaked Havoc,’ New Watchdog Needed

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Britain's tabloids ruined many lives, a judge concludes. Now, he's recommending more oversight.Enlarge image

Britain’s tabloids ruined many lives, a judge concludes. Now, he’s recommending more oversight.


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Report: Twin Car Bombs Kill 34 Near Syria’s Capital

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Twin car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens critically wounded, according to state media and hospital officials.

The state news agency, SANA, said two cars packed with explosives detonated early in the morning in the eastern Jaramana suburb, a district that is mostly loyal to President Bashar Assad. The area is populated mostly by Christians and Druse, a minority sect.

A series of blasts have struck regime targets in ...

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In Cairo, Tensions Still High As ‘Die-Hards’ Continue To Protest

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This protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square last night had a message for Egypt's president.Enlarge image

This protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last night had a message for Egypt’s president.


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OK, North Korea’s Leader Isn’t ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ Chinese Media Concede

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NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt sends in an update on one of this week’s more amusing stories:

China’s Web surfers have had a lot to say about how People’s Daily Online — the Communist Party’s mouthpiece — got fooled into republishing a “story” by The Onion that declared North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is 2012″s “sexiest man alive.”

On China’s increasingly free-wheeling internet, thousands of users have ripped the state-run news site for falling for the joke.

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