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Malkin girds for 2014 GOP civil war

Michelle Malkin doesn’t run away from fights, she runs toward them. And she’s running faster than ever headlong into the 2014 Republican primary battles on behalf of upstart conservative candidates who are mounting insurgent challenges to the GOP old guard.<p>Twitter is Malkin’s weapon of choice. …

Paul warns Texas could turn blue

HOUSTON — Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday predicted that Texas would turn blue within a decade if the Republican Party doesn’t become more inclusive.<p>“What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don’t change,” Paul (R-Ky.), who grew up in Texas, said at a dinner held …

Danish zoo shoots giraffe and feeds carcass to carnivores

Marius is put down at the age of 18 months for being inbred - despite online petition and offer of home in Yorkshire<p>A perfectly healthy young giraffe was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Sunday despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers.<p>Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, …

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Iran says warships to approach US borders

An Iranian naval officer has said a number of warships had been ordered to approach US maritime borders as a response to the stationing of US vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.<p>"Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has …

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Mexico vigilantes enter Knights Templar cartel stronghold

<b>Vigilante groups in the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan have entered a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel, occupying the main square.</b><p>Hundreds of vigilantes, backed up by armoured vehicles and troops, arrived in Apatzingan on Saturday.<p>They have also set up roadblocks around the city, …

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Australian astronomers discover oldest known star in universe

13.6bn-year-old heavenly body is a time capsule that allows scientists to study the chemistry of the first stars<p>A team of scientists at the Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the universe.<p>The discovery of the heavenly body, which formed about 13.6bn years ago, …

Midterm Elections Looming Large in Senate Agenda

Fully 10 months be­fore a vote is cast, the Sen­ate is in full elec­tion mode, with both parties shift­ing the ac­tion to fit their strategies.<p>The …

Steve Daines

Kansas Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

In Washington, the debate over what to do about climate change is split largely down party lines. But it hasn't always been that way.<p>Republican Sen. John McCain campaigned on the issue in his presidential runs. "Climate change is real," he said in 2007. "The Earth is warming, and it is the result …

Poll: Catholic Beliefs at Odds With Vatican Doctrine

As Pope Francis reaches out to Catholics around the world in an effort to reinvigorate the church, the Vatican faces a wide ideological gap with …

Global warming 'pause' due to unusual trade winds in Pacific ocean, study finds

Study shows sharply accelerating trade winds have buried surface heat underwater, reducing heat flowing into atmosphere<p>The contentious "pause" in global warming over the past decade is largely due to unusually strong trade winds in the Pacific ocean that have buried surface heat deep underwater, …

Family Planning Squeezed In California By Health Law

An unexpected quirk in the Affordable Care Act has left birth control clinics struggling to balance their budgets in California.<p>Clinics that have long enjoyed state support to run as nonprofits are having to rethink how to stay in business.<p>Take the Planned Parenthood clinic in Concord, about 30 …

Clock running on debt ceiling

It’s getting close to crunch time.<p>There have been conversations between Speaker John Boehner’s office and the White House on lifting the debt limit, but no negotiations over a package, according to sources familiar with the talks.<p>Time is running short for Congress to raise the nation’s borrowing …

Breaking Political News, Video & Analysis

The cellphone review also looking at other electronic devices<p>The former first lady helped celebrate the comedienne's 60th birthday.<p>His remarks were a …

Donald Trump

North Korea rescinds invite to US to discuss release of Kenneth Bae

Comes as the United States and South Korea prepare to hold their annual joint military drills from Feb. 24 to April 18<p>North Korea has rescinded an invitation for a senior US official to visit Pyongyang to seek the release of imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae, a State Department official said, …