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    May 27, 2011

    Interstellar blast from the past most distant ever, scientists say

    LONDON – Researchers claim they’ve found the most distant explosion ever detected, a pulse of high energy radiation sent by a disintegrating star near the edge of the observable universe. The stellar blast was first spotted by a NASA satellite in April 2009, but researchers announced Wednesday that they have since gathered data placing it […]

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    May 27, 2011

    World/Nation Dispatches

    TRIPOLI, Libya Government proposes talks but says Gadhafi must stay Libya’s government pushed a cease-fire proposal Thursday and said for the first time it was prepared to speak with its rebel adversaries, signaling that months of fighting and NATO bombardment may be closer to forcing some concessions. Even so, the government insisted Moammar Gadhafi would […]

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    May 27, 2011

    Congress beats clock, extends key provisions of Patriot Act

    Lawmakers from the far left and far right oppose the bill, but supporters say U.S. security is still at risk.

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    May 27, 2011

    House OKs defense bill over White House protests

    WASHINGTON – Brushing aside objections from the White House, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $690 billion defense spending bill that would expand the president’s authority to pursue terrorists around the world while limiting the government’s options for prosecuting detainees. The bill would fund the Pentagon and provide $119 billion for the wars […]

  • Published
    May 26, 2011
    Harry Reid

    Senate rejects House plan for Medicare

    Maine's Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe join three Republicans and every Democrat in killing the bill.

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    May 26, 2011

    Edwards could be charged over use of campaign funds

    RALEIGH, North Carolina – The Justice Department plans to bring criminal charges against John Edwards after a two-year investigation into whether the former presidential candidate illegally used money from some of his political backers to cover up his extramarital affair, a person familiar with the case said Wednesday. An indictment could come within days unless […]

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    May 26, 2011
    Elizabeth Smart, Ed Smart

    Smart’s abductor sentenced to life in prison

    Now 23, she confronts Brian David Mitchell for the first time since 2003 from the witness stand.

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    May 26, 2011

    Italian premier doubts report NATO killed Gadhafi’s son

    Silvio Berlusconi, who has called the Libyan leader a friend, says, 'It seems like it's propaganda.'

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    May 26, 2011

    Spacecraft will head to asteroid in 2016, scoop up dust and return

    LOS ANGELES – A NASA spacecraft will reach out and touch an asteroid and send pieces back to Earth, the space agency announced Wednesday. The unmanned probe won’t land on the rocky body. But it will get close enough to kiss the surface and extend a robotic arm to grab up to 5 pounds of […]

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    May 26, 2011

    In London, Obama reaffirms alliance

    He becomes the first U.S. president invited to address members of Parliament from historic Westminster Hall.