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Nebraska Senate: Media Ignores Explosive Shane Osborn Fake Navy Memo Scandal

It was the kind of story that decides elections: a Senate candidate caught asking a friend to write an official-looking military memo praising him, after the Pentagon could not confirm its veracity. But Shane Osborn's fraudulent Navy memo has been all but ignored by both Nebraska and national media. Apr 11, 2014 5:52 AM PT

Judge May Sentence Silvio Berlusconi to Nursing Home Community Service

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is no stranger to scandal, and certainly no stranger to being convicted of tax fraud. His latest conviction may have the 77-year-old working with the elderly at a nursing home to complete his one-year sentence, announced a judge earlier this week. Apr 10, 2014 6:37 PM PT

Continued Pings Reduce MH370 Search Area to Smallest Ever

The Australian agency coordinating the international effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has narrowed the search area to the smallest it has ever been--an area of 22,364 square miles northwest of Perth, Australia--as investigators have continued to find pinging sounds appearing to come from a plane black box. Apr 10, 2014 1:54 PM PT

Venezuelan Vice President: Communist Cubans 'Here to Stay'

Vice President Jorge Arreaza announced yesterday that the communist Cuban government was "here to stay" in Venezuela: "to raise a flag against the Cuban Revolution... is an insult to the wellbeing of the Venezuelan people," Arreaza claimed, as opposition leaders fight the increased colonization of their country by the Castro regime. Apr 10, 2014 1:15 PM PT

NYT: Russia Withheld Key Information on Boston Marathon Bomber

The New York Times reports that a new investigation reveals that the Russian government was not forthcoming with pivotal facts about proceedings leading up to last year's Boston Marathon terrorist attack. That withheld information left FBI agents with insufficient information to investigate bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Apr 10, 2014 12:07 PM PT

CBS Confirms Stephen Colbert Will Drop Conservative Alter Ego for 'Late Show'

CBS announced a radical change in late night TV today with the hiring of Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to take over for David Letterman upon the latter's retirement. With many wondering whether Colbert's conservative cable news host persona will get a shot at hosting late night, CBS confirms that he will drop the character for the show. Apr 10, 2014 12:05 PM PT

Relatives Sue Nursing Home for Hiring Male Strippers for the Elderly

Relatives of residents at a Long Island nursing home have brought a lawsuit against the institution for paying male strippers to "defile" their relatives. They claim the residents are not in a proper state of mind to consent to performances by nearly nude dancers in close quarters. Apr 8, 2014 12:54 PM PT

Venezuelan Journalist Kidnapped at Gunpoint as Maduro Calls for 'Dialogue'

Government-sponsored violence against dissidents in Venezuela continues with no end in sight. As the kidnapping of a young journalist at a former opposition network makes headlines, President Nicolás Maduro calls for "dialogue" with members of the opposition who have increasingly gained public mistrust. Apr 8, 2014 10:47 AM PT

Promising Black Box Pings Disappear in Malaysia Plane Search

The batteries of the black boxes for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have finally ceased functioning. After several days of promising sounds received on board search ships that matched airplane emergency items, search teams have yet to hear anything new in the area and warn that the silence could delay the search for weeks. Apr 8, 2014 9:48 AM PT

'Hotel Rwanda' Hero Exiled After Saving More Than 1,000 from Genocide

Paul Rusesabagina became a towering figure in the fight for human rights after using his position at Kigali's Hotel des Mille Collines to save 1,268 people from the genocide in Rwanda. On the 20th anniversary of that atrocity, Rusesabagina writes that he cannot return to his country because of opposition to the government there. Apr 7, 2014 2:21 PM PT

Venezuelan General in Hiding: Maduro Completely Dependent on the Cubans

Venezuelan general Antonio Rivero surfaced from hiding to speak to the UK Telegraph about life on the run after President Nicolás Maduro issued a warrant against him for being a member of the opposition party. Rivero's life in the underground reflects the reality of dozens of public officials no longer safe thanks to Bolivarian socialism. Apr 6, 2014 4:59 PM PT

Two New 'Acoustic Events' Matching Plane Black Boxes Renew Hope of Finding MH370

The Australian government has confirmed the identification of two "acoustic events" that match the frequency signals of airplane black boxes and flight recorders, but stressed that such an identification does not definitively mean they have found missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's black boxes. Apr 6, 2014 9:04 AM PT


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