Lunar gazers get a real show

Lunar gazers get a real show

Skygazers with a clear view in North America and Europe were greeted with a celestial treat in the early morning hours Tuesday, as a unique total lunar eclipse transformed the Moon pink, coppery or even a blood red. Coinciding eerily with the northern hemisphere’s mid-winter solstice — for the first time in almost four centuries […]

Senators still see chance for 9/11 health bill

Senators still see chance for 9/11 health bill

A retooled bill providing medical care for firefighters and other emergency responders to the September 11, 2001 attacks could be resurrected soon in the Senate, a few weeks after Republicans blocked the measure, backers said on Sunday. “We believe we are on a path to victory by the end of this week,” said Senator Charles […]

Bank of America sued over mortgage abuses

Bank of America sued over mortgage abuses

The states of Arizona and Nevada sued Bank of America Corp on Friday, accusing the largest U.S. bank of routinely misleading consumers about home loan modifications. The two lawsuits, filed by each state attorney general in Arizona and Nevada state courts, seek potentially massive fines against the bank and compensation for customers. Arizona accuses Bank […]

New Mexico guv may pardon Billy the Kid

New Mexico guv may pardon Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid, the Wild West outlaw who is reputed to have killed 21 men and whose exploits have been widely chronicled in U.S. popular culture, is under consideration for a pardon. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Thursday he was reviewing a pardon petition based on the widespread belief that New Mexico territorial […]

WikiLeaks founder shows no remorse while on bail

WikiLeaks founder shows no remorse while on bail

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has declared that he is the victim of a smear campaign after being freed on bail over rape allegations and sent to spend Christmas at an English country house. The 39-year-old Australian computer expert said that curbs on him, which he described as “hi-tech house arrest,” would not halt the release […]

WikiLeaks founder set to be released on bail

WikiLeaks founder set to be released on bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, was expected to walk free on bail on Thursday after London’s High Court upheld a decision to release him under strict conditions. Assange, the target of U.S. fury over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret diplomatic cables, has spent nine days in a London jail […]

Aghan war is a bloody, hopeless mess

Aghan war is a bloody, hopeless mess

A White House review of President Barack Obama‘s Afghanistan war strategy reported on Thursday that allied forces are making headway against the Taliban and al Qaeda but that serious challenges remain. “In Afghanistan, the momentum achieved by the Taliban in recent years has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in some key […]

Slow down or we’ll show you some leg

Slow down or we’ll show you some leg

We’ve all heard stories about people trying to sneak into the carpool lane with a “passenger.” One that can be made from cardboard or inflatable plastic, that is. But the cops in the Czech Republic have been taking notes, it seems. Much like how you would distract your shoe-eating pooch with a “look over here!”, […]

Fat women are often poor women

Fat women are often poor women

Women who are poor are much more likely to be obese but men are not, U.S. government researchers said on Tuesday in a report that contradicts some common perceptions. They found income does not greatly affect whether a man is obese but that education seems to affect both sexes. “Among men, obesity prevalence is generally […]

Obama tax deal drives up rates

Obama tax deal drives up rates

What the Federal Reserve giveth, Obama taketh away. The U.S. central bank’s $600 billion stimulus plan was supposed to lower interest rates. But President Barack Obama‘s tax deal with Republicans, by rekindling fears of budget deficits in the bond market, has pushed them higher. As the Fed meets this coming week, the surprise shot in […]