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Venezuela deaths rise as unrest claims student and biker

CARACAS (Reuters) - A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela’s political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose on Saturday to at least eight.<p>Both sides are mourning supporters killed in the worst turmoil since President Nicolas …

Mexico's Most Powerful Drug Kingpin Captured

Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord was captured by U.S. law enforcement and Mexican authorities Saturday, leaving the biggest and most powerful drug …

These Are The Most Godless States in America

The granola republic of Vermont is the least religious state in America, with just 22% of its population qualifying as “very religious,” according to …

Tech Titans Reveal New Data About NSA Snooping

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and LinkedIn have for the first time released new data about U.S. information requests made under the Foreign …

The Pesticide on Your Fruit May Lead to Parkinson's

Following a study that showed that the banned chemical DDT was linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research out this week …

YouTube Sex Abuse Claims Lead to Charges Against School Principal

An educator in California was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse on Monday, a month after a former student alleged in a YouTube video that she …

Republicans Offer an Obamacare Alternative

In just four months, Republicans have shifted their Obamacare strategy from “repeal” to “repeal and replace.” That’s a twist in tone and policy ahead …

Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy

"She doesn't need this," says Benenson.<p>Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward the Democratic nomination with the same deep vulnerabilities that cost her the nomination …

Big money behind war: the military-industrial complex

In January 1961, US President Dwight D Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn the nation of what he viewed as one of its greatest threats: the military-industrial complex composed of military contractors and lobbyists perpetuating war.<p>Eisenhower warned that "an immense military establishment …

Australian doctors pull inch-long cockroach from man's ear

Friends of Darwin man say they have started sleeping with headphones on after insect burrowed into his ear during the night<p>A man in Australia endured a painful hospital visit after a large cockroach burrowed into his ear and his efforts to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed.<p>Darwin-based …

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Grappling With Holodomor

Thoughts On Timothy Snyder's The Bloodlands<p>A few days ago, I listened to a chapter in Timothy Snyder's <i>The Bloodlands</i> on famine in Ukraine during the 1930s. The famine was man-made--the result of Stalin making war against his own citizens in Ukraine. I listened (I have the book in MP3 format) to …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

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China's Latest Food Scandal: Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat

Walmart has yanked the compromised meat, a venerated dish in parts of the country.<p>As if a nasty bribery scandal in Mexico was not enough to deal with, Walmart is now embroiled in a fox-meat scandal in China. Over the holidays, I watched <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>, and now just can’t help but imagine Walmart …