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12 Quotes From Roald Dahl for Book Lovers

Roald Dahl was the dreamer of dreams responsible for some of the world's most beloved whimsical stories. Tales of chocolate factories, giant peaches …

Twisted minds of the super-rich: Why insane Nazi analogies have become so common

Billionaire Tom Perkins thinks the “war on the one percent” is like the Holocaust. The saddest part? He’s not alone<p>The rich have never been richer and the poor keep getting poorer. The financial Masters of the Universe enjoy indefinite taxpayer-funded bailouts, while the social safety net for the …

A fracking company banned this woman from 312.5 sq miles of Pennsylvania

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Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures

The advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has delivered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a petition with a million signatures asking to restore the federal protections for net neutrality that were struck down in court two weeks ago.<p>The petition shows …

Length of execution time has doubled since new drug protocol was implemented - study

New death penalty protocols are outraging capital punishment opponents and possibly making the executions more painful, extending the process so that …

California bill would ban warrantless drone surveillance

A bi-partisan bill being discussed by lawmakers in California could keep police agencies and other government entities from using drones to conduct …

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Piracy lawsuits face new hurdle after judge rules against mass claims

A federal judge has ruled that copyright holders seeking to file suit against online pirates may not join multiple defendants into one suit, likely …

​US announces early release plan for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders

The Obama administration announced Thursday a new clemency effort that encourages defense lawyers to refer to the Department of Justice low-level, …

Home Birth Study Finds No Increased Risk For Mom Or Baby, Experts Still Divided

Tanya Smith-Johnson has given birth to four healthy babies: two in a hospital and one in a birth center attached to a hospital. Her fourth was born at home, with the help of a midwife. Though the experiences were similar in many ways, Smith-Johnson -- who enrolled in medical school, but stopped …

Amanda Knox's Guilty Verdict Raises Specter of Extradition

The word "guilty" in Amanda Knox's murder trial immediately led to the speculation over another word - extradition.<p>The Italian judge who announced …

Company Behind West Virginia’s Chemical Spill Files For Bankruptcy

According to the Charleston Gazette, Freedom Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.<p>On January 10, a tank owned by Freedom spilled 7,500 …

The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead.

On the morning of January 30th, Fight for the Future joined 85 other organizations who delivered over 1 MILLION signatures demanding immediate action …

Inmate's family sues Ohio after ‘agonizing’ execution with untested drug protocol

Convicted killer Dennis McGuire struggled noticeably for his life during a lengthy lethal injection procedure in Ohio on Thursday, and now his family …

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. That's according to a report prepared for federal and private investigators by Dallas-based cybersecurity …

What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality

The principle behind the phrase “net neutrality” is that internet service providers of all kinds should treat data flowing over the open internet …

NSA Reformers Brace For Disappointment From Obama's Speech

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is set to announce his vision of surveillance reforms in a speech on Friday, and National Security Agency critics in Congress are bracing for disappointment.<p>The New York Times reported Wednesday that Obama was likely to accept a limited set of incremental …

Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

In a report signed off on by Democrats and Republicans, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, "were likely preventable."<p>The panel finds fault with both the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies for …

House Republicans Are Pushing A Bill That Would Force The IRS To Audit Rape Victims

House Republicans are currently advancing the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” or HR 7, a measure that would impose sweeping restrictions on …

We don't fully understand where drones will lead us, FAA head tells Congress

Measured integration of unmanned drones into American airspace will happen by the Dec. 30, 2015, deadline, the FAA administrator told a Senate panel …

Jimmy LaSalvia, Founder of GOProud, Leaves Republican Party

GOProud Founder Jimmy LaSalvia.<p>Jimmy LaSalvia co-founded political action group GOProud to prove to America that the Republican Party is a safe home …

Anti-NSA Blackphone: Encrypted smartphone designed to liberate users from total surveillance

Silent Circle – an encryption firm that has made it its mission to defy NSA snooping – is releasing what it says will be the world’s most secure …

‘Massive’ low-flying helicopter to test radiation levels in Baltimore

The US Department of Homeland Security has deployed a helicopter to fly over Baltimore, Maryland to measure radiation levels and to examine how …

​NYC to pay $18 mil for RNC arrests in largest protest settlement in US history

New York City has agreed to pay $18 million for the arrest, detention and fingerprinting of hundreds of protesters, journalists and legal observers …

Gruesome photos of US Marines burning Iraqis emerge online

Kim Jong-un's aunt 'in vegetative state after brain surgery'

US and South Korean intelligence sources reportedly say that Kim Kyong-hui is not dead as previously claimed<p>Speculation over the fate of the aunt of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, took a new twist on Thursday as intelligence sources in Seoul and Washington claimed that Kim Kyong-hui is in a …

Canada reports the first H5N1 avian flu fatality in North America

A Canadian individual who recently returned home from Beijing has died from H5N1 avian flu — marking not only the first human fatality from the virus in North America, but the first reported case at all.<p>Health officials confirmed the case on Wednesday, while reinforcing that the death was most …

Pakistani Teen Dies Stopping Bomber From Striking School

A teenager who was killed after reportedly stopping a suicide bomber at a school in northwest Pakistan is being hailed as a hero.<p>Aitizaz Hasan, 15, was late for school on Monday and as a punishment wasn't allowed to attend assembly, the <i>Express Tribune</i> newspaper said.<p>Hasan and two schoolmates were …

Drivers vow to fight de Blasio plan to eliminate NYC horse-drawn carriages

Horse-drawn carriage drivers are vowing to fight New York City's new mayor in his bid to eliminate the carriages from the Big Apple and replace them with vintage-style electric cars.<p>Mayor Bill de Blasio, citing the complaints of animal rights activists, singled out Central Park's horse-drawn …