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NORAD's Santa tracker draws criticism with fighter jet escort

A North American Aerospace Defense Command website showing Santa Claus delivering presents while flanked by fighter jets has some child advocates raising concerns about Saint Nick's new travel companions.<p>NORAD Tracks Santa, operated by the joint U.S.-Canada command, has provided children with …

Shooting of Georgia Alzheimer's patient reignites 'Stand Your Ground' debate

A Georgia sheriff's department is still deciding whether to take legal action against a man who shot and killed a 72-year-old Alzheimer's patient whom he thought was a prowler.<p>The Nov. 27 death of Ron Westbrook has re-ignited the debate over "Stand Your Ground" laws.<p>Investigators said that …

Hubble finds water on five distant planets

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.<p>The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to …

Seattle Seahawks football fans 'caused minor earthquake'

<b>A celebration by football fans in the US city of Seattle grew so loud on Monday evening it registered as a minor earthquake, a research group has said.</b><p>Raucous fans jumped up and down during an early first-quarter touchdown in the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.<p>The …

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Group Hits Rahall on Carbon Tax

In campaign politics, it doesn’t take much to tie someone to an unsavory policy position. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is probably wondering how he …

NTSB Bars Train Union From Crash Inquiry, Citing Confidentiality

The investigation into the Bronx, N.Y., train crash that killed four people Sunday will continue without the direct involvement of the rail employees union the Association of Commuter Rail Employees. The move was in response to remarks the union's leader made at a Tuesday news conference regarding …

Millennials souring on Obama?

Young people helped elect President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but they’re giving him low marks now.<p>The wide-ranging poll of 18- to 29-year-olds, released Wednesday morning by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, found that America’s young people are disillusioned with Obama’s tenure in office and …

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Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry

Men and women are different—is this news? According to a new study it is. Using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, researchers have …

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Income Inequality Is The 'Challenge Of Our Time,' Obama Says

President Obama tried Wednesday to turn the conversation back to the economy, calling the growing income gap the "defining challenge of our time."<p>"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," Obama said. "How can it be, he wrote, that it's not a …

New FCC chairman Tom Wheeler appears to have conflicting views on net neutrality

New Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler may have started his term off on a pro-consumer note, but his latest remarks could throw a wrench into that initial image. While taking questions at Ohio State University, Wheeler delivered a pair of seemingly opposing answers: he declared …

Even Disconnected Computers May Face Cyberthreats

If your computer is infected with a virus or other forms of malware, disconnecting the machine from the Internet is one of the first steps security experts say you should take. But someday, even physically separating your laptop from a network may not be enough to protect it from cyber …

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC over Palin remarks

<b>British-born journalist Martin Bashir has resigned from liberal US news and chat network MSNBC after controversial remarks about former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.</b><p>In November, he referred to Mrs Palin, a Republican, as a "world-class idiot", then suggested she eat faeces.<p>He has …

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