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Illinois court asked to clarify state payments without budget

CHICAGO Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a court to determine what the state can continue to fund in an absence of an enacted budget for the fiscal year that began on Wednesday, she said on Thursday. That includes a brewin

Man Who Climbed White House Fence Sentenced to Time Served

A Maryland man who jumped over a White House fence and was subdued after kicking two guard dogs on the north Lawn in October on Thursday was sentenced to time served and a year of supervised release, the Justice Department said. Domini

George Takei Calls Justice Clarence Thomas A ‘Clown In Blackface’ Over …

George Takei has come under fire this week for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface” over the judge's stance on marriage equality. However, the “Star Trek” actor insists that his comment was not racially motivated. During ...

Rick Perry: Republicans must reach out to black voters

Washington -- Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said Thursday that Republicans have lost their "moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln" after having given up on trying to win the support of African-Americans. Perry, who declared his presidential bid ...

Court blocks plans for Willets West mall near Citi Field

NEW YORK (AP) — A state court has blocked a plan for a shopping mall in a Queens park near Citi Field. The four-judge Appellate Division ruled Thursday that the Willets West mall project was illegal because the land, although paved over, is part

Iran and UN Work Out Ways Forward in Nuclear Talks

VIENNA—Iran and the United Nations atomic agency have worked out “some ways forward” to deal with questions about Tehran's past nuclear activities, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Friday. In a brief statement after his trip

Syria military resists major rebel assault in Aleppo

The Syrian military has carried out a series of air strikes after rebel forces launched a major assault to take control of the northern city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels fired hundreds of rockets and shells into at

IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group says it has destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler. An IS statement says the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a check

China earthquake kills at least four in Xinjiang region

At least four people have been killed and more than 48 injured by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in China's Xinjiang region, according to state media. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 20km (12 miles) northeast of the city

France rejects asylum request from Wikileaks’ Julian Assange: President …

PARIS: The French government rejected an aslyum request from Wikileaks' Julian Assange on Friday, saying he did not face "immediate danger". "France cannot act on his request," said the office of President Francois Hollande in a statement. "T

Elon Musk-Backed Group Attempts to Avert Judgment Day With AI Rules

The Terminator is back, and with him, the running quips (usually tongue-halfway-in-cheek) that the machines are getting closer and closer to taking over. A consortium of artificial intelligence researchers is trying to wrest that narrative away, while ...

Cystic fibrosis hope as new gene therapy improves condition

Ten thousand people suffering from cystic fibrosis have been offered new hope after a gene therapy was shown to reverse the condition in some cases. The therapy, which was described by health experts as 'life-changing' is likely to be available within

Oceans face massive and irreversible impacts without carbon cuts – study

By 2050, the loss of coral reefs and mangroves is expected to contribute to 'substantial declines' for tropical fisheries, on which many human communities depend. Photograph: Alamy. Press Association. Friday 3 July 2015 and older 03.55 EDT Last modified on

Windows 10 release date is delayed (unless you’re ”special”)

The Windows 10 release date is supposedly July 29 -- that's what we were told, but it's not so simple, it turns out. Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Windows honcho, says the plebs have to wait in line, behind 5 million "insiders." And volume-license ...

Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

With unique square-shaped tails, seahorses can bend and twist while still maintaining a resistance to crushing. How their anatomy may be a game changer for robotic engineers. The future of robotics may be defined by an unlikely source: the tails of ...