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New chemical bill written by American Chemistry Council

american Chemistry CouncilSen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she recieved a copy of the chemical reform bill that Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced last week by email that proves the legislation was created by the chemical industry.

"It was clear from the computer coding that the final draft originated at the American Chemical Council itself,” she said.

Her comments come a day before the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee is expected to discuss the legislation at a hearing.


How the FBI Created a Terrorist

How the FBI created a terroristIn the video, Sami Osmakac is tall and gaunt, with jutting cheekbones and a scraggly beard. He sits cross-legged on the maroon carpet of the hotel room, wearing white cotton socks and pants that rise up his legs to reveal his thin, pale ankles. An AK-47 leans against the closet door behind him. What appears to be a suicide vest is strapped to his body. In his right hand is a pistol.

“Recording,” says an unseen man behind the camera.

“This video is to all the Muslim youth and to all the Muslims worldwide,” Osmakac says, looking straight into the lens. “This is a call to the truth. It is the call to help and aid in the party of Allah … and pay him back for every sister that has been raped and every brother that has been tortured and raped.”


U.S. Presbyterian Church close to accepting same-sex marriage

US Presbyterian church okays gay marriageThe U.S. Presbyterian Church was close on Tuesday to approving a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations.

The 171 regional "presbyteries" or local leadership bodies of the church have been voting on whether to change the wording to call marriage a contract "between a woman and a man" to being "between two people, traditionally a man and a woman."


Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

NetanyahuPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

Difficult coalition talks still lie ahead. Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu's chief opponent and head of the center-left Zionist Union, said "everything is still open" and that he already had spoken to party leaders about forming a government.


Another Washington Post Secret Service report comes under scrutiny

US Secret serviceCarol Leonnig's recent Washington Post story about two U.S. Secret Service agents drunkenly running a car into White House barricades and over a suspicious package may not be as dramatic as was initially reported.

Surveillance video of the Secret Service’s latest scandal shows that on March 4 the two agents were driving “at a very low rate of speed onto the White House complex," according to testimony from new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy. One source told The Huffington Post the speed was “perhaps just 1 to 2 mph."


Christian charities preach helping the less fortunate, unless you're gay

christian charitiesFundraiser bake sales for the homeless are allowed at Andrews University – as long as the homeless aren’t LGBT kids.

A planned bake sale had to be abruptly cancelled last week, after student members of the unofficial LGBT group, AULL4One, were told they couldn’t raise money on campus for a Chicago-based homeless organization, Project Fierce, because the western Michigan university felt the charity didn’t align with its mission.


Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

microsoft IECue the dirge for Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s much maligned browser.  Soon the brand will be (mostly) no more.

Microsoft has hinted that Internet Explorer brand was going to be scrapped. Now it’s official.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s head of marketing, made the announcement Monday at the Microsoft Convergence conference.  Microsoft is placing its bets on its new and speedier flagship browser codenamed Project Spartan.


Ex-lawyer of 'Bin Laden hunt' doctor killed in Pakistan

ex-lawyer in bin laden hunt killedPolice say a former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden has been killed by armed men in the country's northwest.

Shakir Khan, a senior police officer, said unidentified assailants shot and killed Samiullah Khan Afridi on Tuesday in Peshawar before fleeing.

The killing comes just months after he announced that he will no longer be representing Dr Shakil Afridi, who was convicted in May 2012 of "conspiring against the state" by giving money and providing medical treatment to fighters, not for helping the CIA track down bin Laden.


St. Patrick's Day Solar Storm Bombards Earth, Sparks Auroras

solar stormsA massive solar storm is bombarding Earth now, and it could super-charge the northern lights to offer a better chance of seeing dancing green auroras just in time for St. Patrick's Day, weather permitting.

The surprisingly strong solar storm — ranked as a G4 geomagnetic storm by NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center — could trigger brilliant auroras for people in dark areas as far south as Tennessee tonight (March 17), if the space storm continues. The storm began at about 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) today.


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