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Bennett is a college-educated contract writer with WebProNews. When not bombarded by fascinating news or political upheaval, he spends his time relaxing with good friends, loyal family, and typically some of the many bastions of free internet discourse.
Colombian FARC Rebels Release American Hostage Unharmed
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Latin America’s oldest left-wing guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, released an American hostage over the weekend that CNN reports being captured back in June. “We are pleased to have facilitated his release so he can …

NSA Washington March Calls for Reducing Spying
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Reuters and CNN reported today on an anti-NSA march that took place in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of protesters turned out for the march, many carrying signs that bore slogans like “Thank You, Edward Snowden,” “Stop …

Canadian Travel Scam Turns Australian Couples into Drug Mules

The Australian reports that a Perth couple were conned into being drug mules by a bogus Canadian travel agency. It all looked legit, at least on the surface. A 72-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife entered a sweepstakes for a …

Belmont, NC Drug Store Standoff Ends Peacefully
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In a story that should be hailed as a shining example of two police departments working together towards a nonviolent goal, the Charlotte Observer reports a six-hour standoff between a lone gunman and law enforcement came to a peaceful end. …

Sultan of Brunei Moves Sharia into Law

As unlikely as it looked that any of the United States would implement Sharia law (in spite of people who believed it possible), other nations seem more willing. The AFP reports the tiny nation of Brunei, noted as the third …

Boeing 747 May Get 86′d in the Years to Come Boeing 747 May Get 86′d in the Years to Come

The Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet has been hailed as a double-decker revolution in air travel that shrank the globe by the Associated Press, yet even Arsenio Hall seems able to offer one as a (seemingly unattainable) prize on his new …

Danvers Homicide: Teacher, 24, Killed By Student, 14
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CNN reports tragedy out of Boston today, where a Danvers High School mathematics teacher was brutally murdered by a 14-year-old student and dumped in the woods behind the school. According to the Essex County District Attorney’s office, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer …

Study: Pollen Tells Us What Killed Bronze Age Civilizations

The New York Times reported that a recent study of pollen may explain the sudden collapse of what were, at the time, highly successful civilizations like the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Hittites. 3200 years in the distant past, Tel …

Alan Grayson Likens Tea Party to KKK
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Yahoo News reports Democratic firebrand and Florida congressman Alan Grayson stirred up a Tea Party hornet’s nest when he told Al Sharpton on MSNBC that the Tea Party movement is really about as popular as famous white supremacist group the …

BART Strike Over; Full Service Expected In Afternoon

The Wall Street Journal and KTVU local news both report that the BART transit strike that has frustrated California for four days is finally over. California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom said “This has gotta be the last time this happens. …

Study Confirms Humans Came From Africa Using… Herpes
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Scientists have debated, since such discussions were made permissible, the origins of the human species: did we come from Asia? Africa? Maybe even the Middle East? Until very recently, many of these theories had equal merit. However, a study of …

AP: Monsanto’s Chemicals are Sickening Argentina
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A recent AP investigation might change your mind if you think the Haitian farmers acted brashly when they destroyed the seeds Monsanto donated to them as relief from an earthquake. Argentina is, today, the world’s third-largest soy producer, and the …

Drug Cartel Leader Shot… By Clown

Reuters and The New York Post have both reported that one of Mexico’s most powerful ex-drug lords was shot by children’s clowns as he attended a party in Cabo San Lucas. A former Tijuana Cartel boss, the 63-year-old Francisco Rafael …

Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat

CBS News reported that Saudi Arabia rejected its seat on the U.N. Security Council just mere hours after the five new members were announced. Saudi Arabian discontent seems directed at the United States over some of D.C.’s decisions in the …

Skeletons Found in Georgia Shine Light on Evolution
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NPR reports that for the first time, the former Soviet state of Georgia unveiled an archaeological display of skulls and skeletons of five ancient humans they unearthed in 2005 in Dmanisi. One skull, being simply named “Skull 5,” is being …

New Study: Our Brains Need Sleep To Clean Themselves

NPR reports that a new study from University of Rochester researchers may explain not only why we so desperately need sleep, but also the role sleep plays in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. A study of mouse brains that were asleep showed …

Justice Dept. Brings New Charges in 2007 Blackwater Shooting
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The AP via ABC News reported yesterday that the U.S. Justice Department has brought charges against four ex-contractors from Blackwater Worldwide over a 2007 shooting that left between 14 and 17 civilians dead. Although the four contractors involved had been …

UN Security Council Votes In New Members, Causes Controversy

The AP via the Washington Post reported today that Saudi Arabia, Chad, Nigeria, Lithuania, and Chile were voted onto the United Nations Security Council. None of the countries were opposed on the floor because, for the first time in several …

Epinephrine Pens Now Stocked at Schools in 29 States

Schools around the United States have been managing a new anxiety: whether or not their students will drop dead during recess of unanticipated allergic shock. Fox News reported that 15 states enacted laws permitting their schools to carry epinephrine pens, …

NSA “Cybercommander-In-Chief” & His Deputy To Resign
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It’s been said that no publicity is bad publicity, but if you happen to be Gen. Keith Alexander, this year would contain enough bad publicity to drown even walking scandal Anthony Weiner. From the news that he wasted taxpayer dollars …

Regular Bedtime Likely to Produce Good Behavior in Kids

LiveScience reports a new study published this week by British researchers in the journal Pediatrics has concluded that young children behave worse when they go to sleep at a different time each night. 10,000 children were enrolled in the Millennium …

Fossilized Mosquito Found; Sadly Lacks Dino Blood

Smithsonian Magazine just put out a blog that chronicles the strange journey of a fossilized mosquito with ancient blood still contained in its stomach, reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park. The ancient mosquito was unearthed in Montana’s Glacier National …

BPA Miscarriage: Possible Link Discovered By Study
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LiveScience via Yahoo News reported yesterday that the common plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to miscarriage risks in pregnant women. The study is to be presented at the meeting of International Federation of Fertility Societies and the …

Paul Ryan May Be Challenged By Dead Sikh’s Son
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In 2012, a white supremacist military veteran loaded up with weapons and attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Five people were killed in the attack, including Satwant Singh Kaleka, the small-business owner who founded the temple. No motive …