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  • Biden used 'offensive' stereotype, 'should have been more careful'
    Biden used 'offensive' stereotype, 'should have been more careful'

    Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.

  • On eve of Scottish vote, nationalist leader urges Scots to grasp independence

    PERTH Scotland (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond implored Scots to grasp the 'opportunity of a lifetime' to secure independence in a vote on Thursday that could break the United Kingdom apart. "This is our opportunity of a lifetime and we must seize it with both hands," Salmond told a meeting of supporters in Perth, eastern Scotland, just hours before polling stations open. ...

  • Historic 'Ghost Ships' Discovered Near Golden Gate Bridge
    Historic 'Ghost Ships' Discovered Near Golden Gate Bridge

    The waters just west of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge hide a graveyard of sunken ships. By some estimates, there are 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area alone. Marine archaeologists and researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have set out to document those lost vessels. "We're looking at an area that was a funnel to the busiest and most important American port on the Pacific Coast," said James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones span a huge chunk of history, from 1595 to the present.

  • Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy
    Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy

    Astronomers have just discovered the smallest known galaxy that harbors a huge, supermassive black hole at its core. The relatively nearby dwarf galaxy may house a supermassive black hole at its heart equal in mass to about 21 million suns. The discovery suggests that supermassive black holes may be far more common than previously thought. A supermassive black hole millions to billions of times the mass of the sun lies at the heart of nearly every large galaxy like the Milky Way.

  • Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9
    Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

    A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

  • Australian leader warns of planned random attack
    Australian leader warns of planned random attack

    Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.

  • North Korea powerful temptation for some Americans
    North Korea powerful temptation for some Americans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.

  • Dog that went missing in New York found 2 years later in Florida
    Dog that went missing in New York found 2 years later in Florida

    A dog that went missing in New York more than two years ago turned up alive and well this week — in Florida.

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