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GM Recalls Another 3 Million Cars With Ignition Switch Defect

General Motors is recalling another 3.16 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to one that led to an earlier massive recall of small cars, and is linked to 13 deaths. The ignition switches in Chevrolet Impalas, Cadillac Devilles and five other models can slip out of the “run” position if…

Cliven Bundy’s son: Las Vegas suspects kicked off ranch

The couple who police say killed three people in Las Vegas had been kicked off the Nevada ranch where anti-government protesters faced down federal agents earlier this year, Cliven Bundy’s son told The Associated Press. Ammon Bundy called the couple “very radical” and says they didn’t “align themselves” with the protest’s main issues. AP

At least 4 dead after Iran dust storm

At least four are reported dead after a massive dust storm hit Tehran, Iran, on Monday. The event was called ‘unexpected and rather unprecedented’ by Fars News Agency. Photo: A view of Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 2, 2014, while a flash dust storm hits the Iranian capital. (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi via The Weather Channel) [weather channel]

NASA photo captures strange bright light coming out of Mars

A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet’s surface. The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet. Although the space agency hasn’t…

[VIDEO] Pres. Obama announces new economic sanctions on Russia

President Barack Obama says the United States is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine. Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S. to sanction key sectors of the Russian…

Game of Thrones Season 3 Recap

SPOILERS A soldier knows nothing, an aspiring ruler gains something and a house loses practically everything. The cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones look back at the third season in this 25-minute recap.

Video shows 1st known footage of US Supreme Court proceeding

The first known video footage of a Supreme Court hearing was posted on YouTube. The video appears to show footage from a campaign finance case in October 2013 as well as a spectator disrupting an oral argument on Wednesday. A group called 99Rise claims credit for the disruption. Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg says officials are…

Ukraine arrest warrant for ex-leader Yanukovych

Ukraine has issued a warrant for the arrest of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, the interim interior minister has announced. Arsen Avakov said on Facebook that a criminal case had been opened against Mr Yanukovych and other officials over “mass murder of peaceful citizens”. > “An official case for the mass murder of peaceful citizens has…

Bachmann: Hillary can’t ride wave of white ‘guilt’ into office like Obama did

Former presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said in an interview with TriCities.com columnist Cal Thomas that the United States won’t elect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton president in 2016 because the country “isn’t ready for a woman president.” According to Bachmann, the tide of white “guilt” that President Barack Obama rode into office…

Ukraine: Protesters capture 67 police in Kiev

Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine’s embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 33 people dead. Video footage on Ukrainian television showed shocking scenes Thursday of protesters being cut down by gunfire,…

Reality Show Pastor Dies From Snake Bite

A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snakebite. Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said. On “Snake Salvation,” the ardent Pentecostal believer said that he believed that a passage in the Bible suggests poisonous snakebites will not harm…

Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuits against MLB, players’ association

Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits that attempted to overturn his season-long suspension on Friday, suggesting he might be prepared to accept the penalty. The New York Yankees third baseman filed the lawsuits against Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig, and the players’ association in January after his suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor…

Russian deputy PM causes new controversy as games begin

As events get under way at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia’s deputy prime minister has said gay Olympians and fans have nothing to worry about but then added “Please do not touch kids. That’s the only thing,” In a move set to draw further anger from the international community. Photo: Russia Deputy Prime Minister…

Russia hunts as many as 4 ‘black widows’ before Olympics

Russian security services may be looking for as many as four ‘black widows’ dispatched to carry out terrorist attacks related to the Winter Olympics, including at least one woman believed to be in or near the Olympic city of Sochi, US and Russian sources told NBC News on Monday. Wanted posters that have gone up…

Players voice concerns about heat in Australian Open

As temperatures rise to 108 degrees in Australia, tennis players are voicing concerns about playing in the Australian Open during the heat wave. Comparing the situation to playing tennis in a sauna, most players have to cool off between points with bags of ice. One player, Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic, fainted mid-match. “It’s hazardous to…

Lawrence O’Donnell Condemns Phil Robertson… But Not for His Comments About Homosexuality

The vast majority of the coverage surrounding Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s suspension has concerned his comments linking homosexual sex to bestiality, among other “sins,” but those weren’t the only controversial remarks he made in his interview with GQ. During his MSNBC show Thursday night, Lawrence O’Donnell chose to draw attention to Robertson’s comments about…

Eagles defeat Detroit Lions in Philadelphia blizzard

LeSean McCoy had the best rushing performance in team history in some of the worst conditions. McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in a blizzard Sunday. Snow began falling two…

Jon Stewart Talks Tea Party with Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough joined Jon Stewart Tuesday night to talk about the current state of the Republican party and whether men like Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan would make it in today’s GOP. Scarborough argued that, actually, they could, if they stood up against and loudly denounced the more extreme elements of the party. -snip-

Cheers To You, Saul: ‘Homeland’ Recap, Season 3, Episode 7: Mission Accomplished

Spoiler Alert: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 7 of Showtime’s “Homeland,” titled “Gerontion.” Make no mistake — the second-half of this season’s “Homeland” means business. After meandering aimlessly for a few too many episodes at the beginning of the season through Dana’s teen runaway subplot and Carrie’s “beautiful…

Google’s $349 Nexus 5 KitKat Available Today

The Web giant says KitKat can run on lower memory requirements, which means it can ship on low-end phones as well as high-end. That should help with Android’s fragmentation problem, the company says. Google on Thursday took the wraps off the Nexus 5, adding 4G LTE capabilities, camera improvements, and the zippy new KitKat version…

Broadway musical ‘Wicked’ celebrates 10th anniversary

The high-flying, high-grossing Broadway musical ‘Wicked’ celebrates its 10th anniversary today, reaching a milestone only 10 other Broadway productions in history have achieved. The show, based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, tells the “untold” story of L. Frank Baum’s Witches of Oz. Since its New York premiere a decade ago, ‘Wicked’ has grossed more…