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Secret U.S. memo made legal case to kill a citizen

10:12 AM 10/09/2011

The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document.

Clint Eastwood, back in front of the camera

5:14 PM 10/06/2011

Following his award-winning performance in “Gran Torino,” Clint Eastwood announced to his fans that his acting career was done. But now rumors of his return to the screen are swirling around Hollywood.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is why ’50/50′ works

9:34 AM 10/03/2011

There is an unassuming grace about “50/50” that sneaks up on you and rescues the movie from the genre-splicing sentimentality that threatens to turn this mortality comedy into a maudlin farce.

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat

12:40 PM 10/02/2011

(Reuters) - U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt's biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Electrifying blue waves luring awe-struck crowds to San Diego beaches

9:49 AM 10/02/2011

By day, a red tide is unsightly and uninviting, with water the color of coffee. But at night, during this unusual phenomenon caused by a plankton bloom, the waves are a brilliant, almost neon blue. This wonderfully surreal scene has played out almost nightly along San Diego beaches for several weeks, luring spectators with cameras and video recorders.

Obama tells blacks to ‘stop complainin’ and fight

10:59 AM 09/25/2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.

Fall TV’s mean women, milquetoast men

12:29 PM 09/23/2011

If the fall TV season is any guide, the sexual revolution that was supposed to liberate men and women from traditional sex roles seems to have resulted instead in a straight-up role reversal. The male characters are messes — insecure, jobless, barely able to dress themselves without a wife or girlfriend and/or living in mom’s proverbial basement. Their female counterparts, meanwhile, are flaunting the same selfish, boorish ways that once got men called “chauvinist pigs.” The only difference today is that when these female characters act like jerks, we are expected to cheer them on as “empowered.”