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Mars One astronaut applications near six-digit mark

About a month ago, a rather ambitious plan was unveiled – to colonize Mars with astronauts who will never return to Earth. With such a harsh reality …

Never Mind the Middle—Barack Obama Pays Off His Rich Backers

The president’s second-term appointments reflect his top-bottom political coalition, writes Lloyd Green.<p>President Obama’s pincer movement on the …

Malcolm X's grandson killed in Mexico City, US officials confirm

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of political activist Malcolm X, died while traveling in Mexico, US officials confirmed Friday. He was 28.<p>Two US officials …

Washington man damages 4 homes in bulldozer rampage, authorities say

A man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer Friday on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people, authorities said.<p>Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of …

Teen suspended for tweet critical of high school sports

The senior class president at a Wichita high school is suspended for suggesting that his school isn't all that at sports. Just that. No cursing. No incitement to violence.<p>I am writing this with a cold compress on my head and a milk chocolate digestive biscuit in my mouth.<p>Both are to soothe my …

US: Russia Withheld 'Crucial' Intel on Boston Bomb Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Citing unnamed US officials, the Journal said on its website that the information consisted of text messages between the mother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Russian relative.<p>Tsarnaev died in a shootout days after the April 15 twin blasts that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the …

‘I’m not good at math’: The IRS’s public relations disaster

About a half-hour into a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, senior Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner said something she will regret.<p>"I'm not good at math," she confessed as she tried to summon a statistic.<p>Lerner clarified that she is a lawyer and not an accountant (a fair …

Kid President Sends Heartfelt Mother's Day Salute to Moms

Kid President, the youthful powerhouse in a power suit who knows how to give one heck of a motivational pep talk, has taken his inspirational talents …

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China coal mine blast in Sichuan province kills 27

<b>An explosion at a coal mine in China's south-west Sichuan province has killed at least 27 people, state media report.</b><p>The blast happened in Taozigou coal mine in the city of Luzhou, Xinhua news agency said.<p>More than 100 miners were working underground when the accident happened on Saturday …

Amid many trials, a frenzy over Jodi Arias

Sex, violence and intrigue were the recipe for the nation's story of the moment.<p>PHOENIX -- It was a first-degree murder case. Maricopa County prosecutors were seeking the death penalty, the harshest punishment, reserved for the worst crimes, the ones with details that shock the conscience of the …

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Sallie Mae Profit Boosts College Endowments And Pension Funds As Students Pay More

University endowments and teachers’ pension funds are among big investors in Sallie Mae, the private lender that has been generating enormous profits thanks to soaring student debt and the climbing cost of education, a Huffington Post review of financial documents has revealed.<p>The previously …

4 dead bodies found shot in southern Indiana home

Four bodies with gunshot wounds were found in a southern Indiana home late Saturday night, authorities said.<p>Officials are investigating their deaths as a quadruple homicide, Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said.<p>No suspect is in custody.<p>"We've been working around the clock and will continue …

Washington State Courts Hacked: 160,000 Social Security Numbers Potentially Accessed

Hackers may have grabbed as many as 160,000 Social Security numbers and up to one million drivers license numbers from the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, according to information provided on the Court’s website yesterday. The hackers responsible for this breach used a flaw in …

Rwanda genocide 20 years on: 'We live with those who killed our families. We are told they're sorry, but are they?'

Lucie Niyigena's seven-year-old mind was a jumble of panic and confusion as she stepped over the brutalised, bleeding corpse of her grandfather and …