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Capt. Kirk’s Vulcan Entry Wins Pluto Moons Contest

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — “Star Trek” fans, rejoice.

An online vote to name Pluto’s two newest, itty-bitty moons is over. And No. 1 is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series.

Why Democrats Are So Confident Of A Sequestration Victory

If it appears to you that Democrats are approaching the Friday sequestration deadline with greater poise than the GOP, you’re not mistaken.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Campaign Contributions Appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of a decision upholding a century-old ban on corporate campaign contributions in federal elections.

Supreme Court Considers If Warrantless DNA Swab Violates Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in a case that could throw a monkey wrench into the widespread use of DNA testing — a case that pits modern technology against notions of personal privacy.

Loaded Words: How Language Shapes The Gun Debate

The country has been debating gun regulations for months. Later this week, a Senate committee will start work on various proposals, including a background check on every gun sale and an assault weapons ban.

Deepwater Trial: US lawyers say BP ignored warnings on ‘well from hell’

The man in charge of BP‘s ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig warned his boss that staff were operating in “chaos, paranoia and insanity” just days before a fatal blowout killed 11 men and caused the worst oil spill in US history, a New Orleans court heard on Monday.

Park Geun-hye takes office as South Korean president

South Korea‘s new president, Park Geun-hye, has called on North Koreato abandon its nuclear weapons programme, as Pyongyang edges closer towards membership of the global club of nuclear states.

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