Savage storms kill 45 in Southeast US

BROCK VERGAKIS and EMERY P. DALESIO Yahoo! News 18.04.2011
Savage storms kill 45 in Southeast US

A tornado-spewing storm system that killed at least 45 people across half the country unleashed its worst fury on North Carolina, where homes broke apart, trees snapped and livestock were swept into the air. Residents in the capital city and rural...

American Idol Contestant Brutally Beaten By Gang Of Girls

Administrators at Brooklyn Academy High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant canceled Friday's talent show in the wake of a all-girl gang assault on one of the student contestants, PIX 11 has learned.

US Federal Aviation Administration official out amid sleeping-on-the-job cases

Federal Aviation Administration official in charge of operating the air traffic control system has resigned amid revelations that several controllers have fallen asleep on the job this year, the FAA chief said Thursday.

Donald Trump to make 2012 announcement (or announcement about an announcement) on ‘The Apprentice’

Ever since Donald Trump began soaking up media attention around his possible 2012 presidential run, he's faced plenty of detractors claiming that he's simply using all the 2012 speculation to shore up his celebrity brand. The latest turn in the Tr...

Suicide Rates in U.S. Increase as Economy Declines, CDC Researchers Find

Suicide rates in the U.S. tend to rise during recessions and fall amid economic booms, according to study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Arizona passes bill requiring proof of US birth for presidential candidates

The Arizona Senate has approved a revised bill requiring presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens eligible to run for the office.

Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity

Steven E.F. Brown San Francisco Business Times 14.04.2011
Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity

People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled) according to a report by Evan Mills, an energy analyst at Lawrence ...

18,460 dead people on Ohio voter rolls

Ohio's top elections official says it appears that thousands of voters considered "active" are anything but.

Body count now at 10 as police confirm more remains found on NY beach highway are human

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The number of possible victims of a serial killer rose to 10 on Tuesday after authorities confirmed that two sets of remains found along a New York highway a day earlier are human.

DC to offer Internet gambling, becomes first in US

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, trying to raise millions of dollars from the habits of online poker buffs and acting ahead of traditional gambling meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.

Fed official: Big US banks are 'government-sponsored entities'

Big banks like Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc should be reclassified as government-sponsored entities and have their activities restricted, a senior Fed official said on Tuesday.

9th Body Found In NY Serial Killer Probe, Possibly A 10th

NEW YORK — Police have confirmed that the latest set of bones found Monday morning at Jones Beach State Park are human remains. Those remains, potentially those of a 9th victim, were discovered near Zach’s Bay at the park, which is about a mile an...

Thermal Cameras On Boston Streets Can Show Activity Inside Homes

A thermal imaging project in the city of Boston has been put on hold because of privacy concerns. Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports. Boston officials had hoped to have aerial and street-level photos taken across about four s...

US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts

EILEEN SULLIVAN Yahoo! News 08.04.2011
US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts

Terror alerts from the government will soon have just two levels of warnings — elevated and imminent — and those will be relayed to the public only under certain circumstances. Color codes are out; Facebook and Twitter will sometimes be in, accord...

Demographer: US has 4M adults who identify as gay

How many gay men and lesbians are there in the United States? Gary Gates has an idea but acknowledges pinpointing a solid figure remains an elusive task.

New York law now makes choking a crime, results in 2,000 arrests

Strangulation, common in domestic abuse cases, is now a crime in New York and already 2,000 people have been arrested under the weeks-old law, authorities said on Thursday.

GOP lawyer circulating Obama impeachment article

A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by some Congressional Republicans.

'I'd kill myself first!' John Edwards 'suicidal' over facing jail, claim pals

Disgraced politician John Edwards is said to be deeply depressed - to the point of being suicidal - over the prospect of a criminal trial that could end with him being jailed if found guilty.

Dems fundraising off threat of US government shutdown

A fundraising appeal from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee warns supporters that "Tea Party Republicans are threatening to shut down the government on Friday unless we surrender to their outrageous demands."

STUDY: US Congress members spend 27% of time 'taunting' one another

David A. Fahrenthold The Washington Post 07.04.2011
STUDY: US Congress members spend 27% of time 'taunting' one another

It may be helpful, at a time like this — when Congress is threatening to shut down the U.S. government in a dispute over a tiny fraction of the federal budget — to think of legislators like a lost forest tribe.

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