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Oh hell, not again: Another snowstorm heads for East Coast

Schools closed, governments sent workers home early and planes were grounded Wednesday in an all-too-familiar routine along the East Coast as another snowstorm swept over a region already beaten down by a winter not even half over. “I fell three times trying to get off the steps,” commuter Elliott Self said after leaving an elevated train in Philadelphia. “I just want the snow to stop. I want the sun again. I want to feel just a little bit of warmth.” Millions of people got that oh-no-not-again feeling as the wet and sloppy storm engulfed the Northeast, where snowbanks in some
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OK! So what makes us tick?

What makes us tick? Anybody who’s ever suffered jet lag knows all about the body’s internal clock, which is driven by a cluster of brain cells. But even the cells throughout our body have their own 24-hour clocks to coordinate activities at the cellular level. Now new research suggests that these internal timepieces may be more complicated than scientists thought. For years, scientists have said this clock is basically the activity of certain genes. But in a new study, scientists looked at human cells that don’t even have genes. And in these red blood cells, they found an enzyme flip-flopping
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Is this the year the economy finally rebounds?

Rep. Michele Bachmann said her response to President Obama‘s State of the Union was just fulfilling a request to speak from the Tea Party Express. But there’s no mistaking that her six-minute speech, carried on CNN, highlights a divide within the Republican Party and adds to the buzz that the third-term lawmaker is planning to run for the White House. The Des Moines Register reports that Bachmann will make her second trip to Iowa, to speak to a group of evangelical voters — a bloc that’s been key to winning the state’s GOP presidential caucuses. This comes on the heels
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Ramn back off the Chicago ballot

Just days ago, Rahm Emanuel seemed to be steamrolling the entire field of candidates for Chicago mayor. He had millions in the bank, a huge lead in the polls and abundant opportunities to show off his influence, including a meeting with the visiting Chinese president. But on Monday, the former White House chief of staff was waging a desperate bid to keep his campaign alive after an Illinois appeals court kicked him off the ballot for not meeting a residency requirement. The surprise decision threw the race into disarray with less than a month to go. Emanuel’s lawyers quickly sought
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WikiLeaks: One percent and counting

RAPHAEL G. SATTER Nearly two months after WikiLeaks outraged the U.S. government by launching the release of a massive compendium of diplomatic documents, the secret-spilling website has published 2,628 U.S. State Department cables — just over 1 percent of its trove of 251,287 documents. Here’s a look at what the consequences of the cables’ release has been so far, and what the future could hold for WikiLeaks. ___ IT’S LIFTED THE VEIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WikiLeaks has given the world’s public an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at U.S. diplomacy. Among the most eye-catching revelations were reports that Arab countries had lobbied
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The State of The Union response exresss: Who’s next?

Time was when the President of the United States delivered the State of the Union Address, and people cheered or jeered — dependent on their political persusasion then everybody went out and g0t drunk. Now everyone from the party boss to the janitor gets face time on the tube to pontificate on the state of affairs in the nation. Barack Obama, of course, delivers the State of the Union next Tuesday. That’s part of his job as the top boss.  The Republican Party gets its change to and down its view on the state of things in the official GOP
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Is Todd Palin banging an Alaska madam?

The National Enquirer reported today that Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has been engaged in an illicit affair with a massage therapist-cum-madam. The tabloid newspaper indicated it has documentary proof that the woman in question, 36-year-old Shailey Tripp, had been arrested for running a house of prostitution in March 2010. Tripp pleaded no-contest to those charges in June. The National Enquirer also claims to have proof that the authorities have physical evidence that may definitively prove liaisons between Tripp and Palin took place. The National Enquirer has a history of leading
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Keith Olbermann to MSNBC: ‘No good night and no good luck’

Keith Olbermann was MSNBC’s most popular personality and single-handedly led its transformation to an outspoken, left-leaning cable news network in prime time. Despite that, he often seemed to be walking on a tightrope with his job. Friday night, it snapped. Olbermann returned from one last commercial break on “Countdown” to tell viewers it was his last broadcast, and read a James Thurber short story in a three-minute exit statement. Simultaneously, MSNBC e-mailed a statement that “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.” The network thanked him and said, “we wish him well in his future endeavors.” Neither MSNBC President
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Another failure: Now what?

The collapse of another attempt at international outreach to Iran on Saturday has left world powers with few options except to wait — and hope that the bite of sanctions will persuade Tehran to reconsider its refusal to stop activities that could be harnessed to make nuclear weapons. But their patience could be tested. While the U.S. and others say that Iran already is suffering from the wide range of financial and trade sanctions, travel bans and other penalties imposed by the U.N., the U.S., the EU and others, the Islamic Republic shows no sign of bending. Uranium enrichment lies
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White House needs to do more to prevent future oil spills

A presidential panel investigating the Gulf oil spill says that the oil industry, Congress and the Obama administration need to do more to reduce the chances of another large-scale disaster. That’s the primary conclusion of the independent panel assembled by President Barack Obama, which released its final report Tuesday. The commission recommends increasing budgets and training for the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling; increasing the liability cap for damages when companies drill offshore; dedicating 80 percent of fines and penalties from the BP spill to restoration of the Gulf; and lending more weight to scientific opinions by other federal
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