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Restoring democracy: Florida scraps electronic voting machines

a shared story    484 weeks 2 days 5 hours 51 minutes ago
After the history-making presidential recount of 2000, Palm Beach County sold hundreds of its infamous Votomatic machines to memorabilia seekers, including a group of chiropractors in Arizona, the cable-news host Greta Van Susteren and the hotelier André Balazs. One machine ended up in the Smithsonian Institution....(more) 

AIG crisis could be tip of an insurance iceberg

a shared story    408 weeks 23 hours 13 minutes ago
When insurance giant American International Group Inc. imploded last fall, the firm's problems were quickly blamed not on its core insurance business, but on an obscure operation that traded exotic mortgage securities. But as the economic crisis has deepened, it has become clear that AIG's problems extend...(more) 

US Foreclosure Filings Nearly Double in September

a shared story    484 weeks 4 days 10 hours 44 minutes ago
Foreclosure filings across the U.S. nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006, as financially strapped homeowners already behind on mortgage payments defaulted on their loans or came closer to losing their homes to foreclosure, a real estate information company said Thursday. 

Clint Eastwood to Receive Award For Showing 'Human Face of War'

a shared story    417 weeks 2 days 2 hours 49 minutes ago
That punk Clint Eastwood must be feeling pretty lucky right now, as he prepares to accept an award from the Center for Japanese Studies on campus. The center will award its first-ever "Berkeley Japan New Vision" award to the actor and director for his film "Letters from...(more) 

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McCain and Clinton win in New Hampshire

a shared story    471 weeks 6 days 56 minutes ago
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) won today's New Hampshire primaries, capping two remarkable political comebacks. While public polling suggested that McCain would triumph over former governor Mitt Romney, there were few -- if any -- political strategists who believed that Clinton had any...(more) 

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Franz Reichelt - Eiffel Tower - Parachute Fail

a shared story    347 weeks 3 days 9 hours 32 minutes ago
Franz Reichelt was a tailor who designed what he promised was a "parachute jacket." He decided to unveil it to the public by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. Pathe filmed it. The also filmed officials measuring the size of the crater he made when he...(more) 

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New Tone Set in E-Mails on Bush Warrant

a shared story    467 weeks 5 days 11 hours 21 minutes ago
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- The tone has changed in e-mails this Vermont town has been receiving on its proposal to issue warrants for the arrests of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Now, more people are supporting the resolution.... 

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New York's most famous prostitute revealed...

a shared story    462 weeks 5 days 3 hours 41 minutes ago
She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer. Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the...(more) 

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Blizzards, blocked bridges and a baby born in a car as bad weather spreads

a shared story    415 weeks 2 days 21 hours 10 minutes ago
The two Severn bridge crossings between England and Wales were among hundreds of roads and routes closed while snow continued to create chaos across regions of Britain yesterday, with more than 20,000 homes left without electricity. Some of hundreds of motorists trapped by a blizzard in Devon...(more) 

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Parachuting Dog Helped Win WWII

a shared story    455 weeks 1 day 1 hour 37 minutes ago
The Allied airmen and women of World War II were certainly brave and skilled in battle, but even they couldn't win the war on their own. Plagued in the early, low-tech years of the war by dangerous afflictions such as altitude and decompression sickness, pilots got some...(more) 

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Apple Mac Shipments Surge

a shared story    483 weeks 4 days 9 hours 37 minutes ago
PC World - Much of the attention for Apple has been on the iPhone lately, but the company's hardware business is showing strength too. Apple's hardware shipments for the third-quarter surged 15.9 percent over the same quarter last year, according to a report released Wednesday by...(more) 

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Reaction to Karl Rove Resignation

a shared story    493 weeks 6 hours 8 minutes ago
Here's my reaction: whoopee!!! Has Bush lost his brain or has Karl really gone to start folding the silk sheets for their life in the corporate world where they've made so much money for their friends. Whatever. He's gone. Someone dust off a federal prosecutor and...(more) 

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