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Wednesday June 11, 08
About 90 people tiptoed around night-vision cameras atop tiny silver tripods and dodged remote sensors connected to a computerized surveillance system. They waited for the Lincoln Ghost Train, which some people believe passes through this western Ohio city on the anniversary of the 1865 trip that carried the president's body to Springfield, Illinois, for burial.
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tapped Northrop Grumman to develop binoculars that will tap the subconscious mind. The Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System program, informally called "Luke's Binoculars," combines advanced optics with electro-encephalogram electrodes that can, DARPA believes, be used to alert the wearer to a threat before the conscious mind has processed the information.
Catholic peace activist Jim Douglass of Birmingham believes in conspiracy theories, including the Big Daddy of them all, the conspiracy to kill President John F. Kennedy.
The joint report by children's commissioners for all parts of the UK said attitudes towards youngsters were hardening across the country.
The recent California Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will undoubtedly impact the face of workplace discrimination litigation. Factor in New York's decision to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, and you have a national trend on your hands. Are employers ready?
Two Christian preachers are suing British police after an officer accused them of a "hate crime" for handing out gospel literature in a Muslim area of Birmingham in February. Arthur Cunningham and Joseph Abraham say they were told to stop and threatened with arrest.
An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.
A church trial began Monday for the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, who is accused of concealing the sexual abuse of a teenage girl by his brother, also a priest, in the 1970s.
Outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour delivered her last speech to the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva this week and not only praised recent changes that have enabled United Nations (UN) human rights monitors to more closely scrutinize sovereign states, but also called for new mechanisms further strengthening a system often used to promote abortion.
Nuclear war will begin next Thursday, June 12, or sooner, according to the latest prediction of self-proclaimed prophet Yisrayl "Buffalo Bill" Hawkins, the founder of a religious sect in Abilene, Texas.
A Federal Jury returned a verdict late Friday afternoon in the amount of $6,221,000.00 against TASER International Inc., for the wrongful death of a 40-year-old Salinas, California, man, who died following repeated shocks from three TASER electronic control devices ("ECDs").
In an episode that has reignited debate over what kids in classrooms should hear about sex, a Utah middle school teacher has come under fire for leading what parents said were explicit discussions during an eighth-grade sex education class.
A British baby has now become a cause célèbre for his mother and pro-life advocates in the United Kingdom for miraculously defying twin death sentences from abortion and genetics.
The openly gay U.S. Episcopal bishop at the center of the Anglican church's global battle over homosexuality, has entered into a civil union with his longtime partner at a private ceremony.
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson was running for president against conservative Barry Goldwater when his campaign unleashed the "daisy ad." It showed a little girl counting as she plucked a daisy, charmingly mixing up her numbers. Then a baritone voice takes over, counting down to an overwhelming nuclear explosion. It's followed with a warning that the stakes are too high not to vote for Johnson.
Cleaning house after a pair of embarrassing nuclear weapons mistakes, Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the top civilian and military leaders of the Air Force on Thursday, saying they had presided over a "serious, systemic" decline in the care and oversight of the nation's most powerful arms.
Now 19, Miss Banner is celebrating the publication of her work, The Eyes Of A King. The fantasy novel - the first in a trilogy - hits the shelves today and there is already talk of a film version.
The May 8 letter from U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to George W. Bush received virtually no media coverage, in spite of the fact that it warned the president that an attack on Iran without Congressional approval would be grounds for impeachment. Rumor has it several senators have been briefed about the possibility of war with Iran.
Some of the records related to an abortion battle raging in Kansas have been made public for the first time, revealing what Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline claims are falsified patient information and evidence of illegal late- term abortions.
District Court Judge Marilyn Huff ruled Wednesday that the company would suffer irreparable harm if it could not begin holding classes for Navy sailors at a converted warehouse outfitted with an indoor firing range.
If elected president, Senator John McCain would reserve the right to run his own warrantless wiretapping program against Americans, based on the theory that the president's wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight, according to a statement released by his campaign Monday.
D.C. police will seal off entire neighborhoods, set up checkpoints and kick out strangers under a new program that D.C. officials hope will help them rescue the city from its out-of-control violence.
More than 800 black farmers filed a new lawsuit against the Agriculture Department just two weeks after Congress reopened a 1999 settlement over past discrimination.
Personal devastation and a culture nearly destroyed. Such is the legacy of residential schools. Can a Truth and Reconciliation Commission start the healing?
If millions of Christians suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth as the opening act for Armageddon, Threat Level thinks most nonbelievers will be too busy freaking the hell out to check their e-mail. But if they do log in, now they can be treated to some post-Rapture needling from their missing friends and loved ones, courtesy of web startup YouveBeenLeftBehind.com.
We know GPS gadgets can tell where you are. But researchers at Microsoft are developing ways for them to know what you are doing too – even down to which mode of transport you use to get to work.
Homosexual hero also extols ‘harder-core pornography,’ says phrase “sexual perversion’ is meaningless
Frank Kameny — the “gay” pioneer revered by homosexual activists for his role in pressuring the American Psychiatric Association to effectively reclassify homosexuals as normal — now says that sex with animals is OK “as long as the animal doesn’t mind.”
According to a study conducted by the Barna Group called “Teens and the Supernatural,” three out of every 10 teenagers have played the Ouija board, had their palms read, and eight out of 10 have read horoscopes.
The telecoms who are being sued for their cooperation in the government’s illegal warrantless surveillance program have received billions in government contracts. According to Washington Technology magazine, Verizon received $1.3 billion, Sprint $839 million and AT&T $505 million in federal prime contract revenue for fiscal 2007, for a total of $2.6 billion. While the companies have been government contractors for a long time, it still represents a significant increase in revenue.
Forced acceptance If you thought "gay marriage" was simply about equality, you'd be wrong.
California, which recently had such unions declared legal by judicial fiat, has had registered domestic partnerships which mirror marriage for almost a decade. Yet it has not been enough for homosexual activists.
Six people have died after being injected with a human antibody in eastern China, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday, the latest case of deaths caused by suspect medicine.
A group of Southern Baptists are revisiting a controversy by calling their international missions agency to remove restrictions from candidates who speak privately in tongues and have been baptized by immersion following conversion, but was not baptized by a proper administrator or another Baptist who believes in eternal security.
The Guardian spends a day with Operation Leopard officers to find out who they are stopping and how well the initative works