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A new CNN/Time/ORC International Poll indicates four in 10 Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism, and suggests worries about terrorism have edged up after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The national survey shows that concerns about terrorism are up slightly, with 40% saying they worry that someone in their family will become a victim of terrorism, up 6 percentage points from a 2011 CNN poll conducted on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The survey also indicates that support for government monitoring of the Internet is down 8 points from right after 9/11, although there is still majority support: 55%. However, there is widespread and growing approval of the use of surveillance cameras in public places, with 81% saying they are in favor of it, nearly a 20 point jump from 2001.

The poll, conducted April 30, 2013, has a sampling error of +/-4 percentage points.

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STEPHEN COLBERT: Over-the-Counter Plan B

Stephen, you rascal, you.


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The Department of Justice appealed a federal judge’s ruling that directed the FDA to make the morning-after pill available with no prescription regardless of age.

The move comes a day after the FDA authorized a drugmaker to market the emergency contraception without a prescription to females 15 and older.

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“Eating boogers may boost immunity, scientist suspects”

Nose-picking in progress.
Nose-picking in progress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Parents, next time you see your child picking his or her nose you may want to fight the urge to scream “stop!”. A Canadian biochemist is making waves with a new theory that picking your nose — and eating it — may be an evolutionarily-backed way to boost your immune system’s protective powers.

And, he hopes to conduct a study to prove it, CBC News in Canada reports.

Scott Napper, an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, told CTV News in Saskatoon that he proposed this theory one day while teaching a classroom full of bored college students.

He said almost all kids try to taste things that come out of their noses, and its possible nature is trying to push them to adopt this behavior.

“I got their attention by saying that’s why snot tastes so sweet. And a lot of them were nodding along like they agreed, but not really realizing what they had acknowledged,” he told the station, laughing.


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France to Auction Wines From Presidential Cellar


Not even the French President’s wine cellar is immune to the financial austerity measures taking effect across Europe.

The Paris auction house Drouot has announced that the Élysée Palace — the presidential palace — is set to put 1,200 of its finest bottles up for auction at the end of the month, the New York Times and Reuters report. The money raised—expected to be around 250,000 euros ($327,500)—will reportedly be used to both buy cheaper wines and fund the cash-strapped country’s budget.

(MORE: More Booze Please! The National Drive to Lift Restrictions on Alcohol-preneurs)

The bottles in upcoming sale make up about 10% of the 12,000 in the Élysée Palace’s famous cellar, which provides wines for state functions. Drouot says some of the wines, mostly from Bordeaux and Burgundy, have “accompanied great moments of the Fifth Republic,” as Radio France Internationale reports, and the cellar’s wines have been served to numerous foreign guests. While…

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Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter on a Norwegian Island


Want to work in the great outdoors? Comfortable around bears? Norway may have the job for you.

The governor’s office on The Svalbard Islands –located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole – is looking for a polar bear spotter. The role involves standing guard and warning research teams working on the island about approaching polar bears. The Svalbard Islands boast a polar bear population of 3,000, while human inhabitants on the island only number 2,400.

(MORE: Can Polar Bears Keep Their Heads Above Water in a Warming World?)

Requirements for the position — which begins July 8th when temperatures can reach a balmy 42 degrees — include outdoor experience, keen eyesight, and firearm expertise, although it is unlikely you will have to use a gun, so long as you have a loud voice to scare off bears.

The Svalbard archipelago hosts one of the…

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“3 pals of Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged with coverup”

By Pete Williams, Richard Esposito, Michael Isikoff and Tracy Connor, NBC News

VKontakt Azamat Tazhayakov (left), Dias Kadyrbayev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) in a photo taken in Times Square. The picture, which appeared on Tsarnaev's page on VKontakt, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, is believed to be from November 2012.
Azamat Tazhayakov (left), Dias Kadyrbayev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) in a photo taken in Times Square. The picture, which appeared on Tsarnaev’s page on VKontakt, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, is believed to be from November 2012.


Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were accused Wednesday of removing evidence from his dorm room as new details about the case emerged in court papers.

Criminal complaints against the trio revealed that Tsarnaev cut his long hair after the April 15 attack but before the FBI released his photo and that he allegedly told friends a month earlier that he knew “how to make a bomb.”

The court papers also suggest that the 19-year-old suspect was practically blasé when one of the friends texted to say he looked like the man in the FBI photos of the bomb suspect.

Among his replies: ‘lol,” according to the complaints.


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