Only in America
March 30, 2012

A former space shuttle astronaut is going to court for the right to call himself an astronaut. Democrat Jose Hernandez is running for Congress in California's 10th District, but a lawsuit filed by a firm with ties to his GOP opponent demands that the word "astronaut" not appear next to Hernandez's name on the official ballot, on the grounds that "astronaut is not a title one carries for life."

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Forget about keeping your phone charger on your bedside table — soon, the table itself will be the only charger you need.

Ikea's new "Home Smart" collection, out in April, features tables and lamps that can wirelessly charge mobile devices. And if you already have your fair share of Ikea tables, the line will also include "charging pads" that can be attached to regular furniture.

The Home Smart furniture features Qi, a wireless charging standard found in Windows and Android phones. While iPhones don't support wireless charging, Ikea will also sell charging covers for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and 6 models so they will work with the furniture.

#sixseasonsandamovie
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Despite creative shakeups, cast shakeups, and outright cancelation from NBC, Community is the sitcom that just can't be killed. For its fabled sixth season, the series is moving online to Yahoo! Screen.

The trailer for the new season riffs on the ultra-serious trailer for this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Abed would undoubtedly approve.) But while Pierce, Troy, and Shirley have all moved on, things are looking reliably zany at Greendale:

Community season 6 premieres on Yahoo! Screen on March 17.

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Russia's Perm-36 museum issued a statement Monday that it is "ceasing its activities and beginning the process of self-liquidation" following months of government pressure for the museum to close.

Perm-36 is the only Russian museum built on the site of a former gulag camp, The Moscow Times reports. The museum commemorates victims of Soviet labor camps.

The Times notes that the museum's closing comes as a recent Levada Center poll found that more than half of Russians have positive views of Josef Stalin. Russia's government reportedly investigated the museum last year for "extremism," the Times reports.

In its official statement, Perm-36 said that discussions about preserving the museum "have proven unsuccessful." The museum also noted that it had been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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After an arduous two-month selection process that included a request to move the case out of Boston, a 12-member jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev faces 30 charges and a potential death sentence for allegedly detonating two bombs during the 2013 marathon that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for Wednesday.

Quotables
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress about Iran's nuclear ambitions, calling it a condescending affront to U.S. intelligence.

"That is why, as one who values the U.S.–Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi had been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) invite to Netanyahu, though she did not join the large group of Democratic lawmakers who boycotted the address.

surveillance state
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In recent years, federal agencies and local police alike have availed themselves of technology known as "stingrays," cell phone surveillance devices that essentially fool your phone into thinking it's a cell tower. As the ACLU notes, stingrays "also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby," which means police could be keeping tabs on your location and other info, sans warrant.

Now, a newly released document indicates that the local reach of the devices may be interfering with cell service, too. Because of how the stingray functions, "its use has the potential to intermittently disrupt cellular service to a small fraction of Sprint’s wireless customers within its immediate vicinity," wrote FBI Special Agent Michael A. Scimeca.

"If an emergency or important/urgent call (to a doctor, a loved one, etc.) is blocked or dropped by this technology," says the ACLU's Nate Wessler, "that’s a serious problem."

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In one of the most highly anticipated speeches to Congress by a foreign leader in recent years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday torched the Obama administration's ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

"It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb," Netanyahu said. "It paves Iran's path to the bomb."

Referencing the Book of Esther and Nazi Germany, Netanyahu warned that Iran was committed to destroying Israel and that the developing deal would "all but guarantee" Tehran acquires nuclear weapons. And though he did not offer specifics on an alternative plan to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, Netanyahu said no deal should come until Iran stops sponsoring global terror, stops meddling with its neighbors, and stops threatening to annihilate Israel.

"This deal won't be a freewill to arms," Netanyahu said, "but a farewell to arms control."

Many Democratic lawmakers skipped the controversial speech, which the Obama administration warned could scuttle the nuclear negotiations and prove "destructive" to America's relationship with Israel.

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One of the men convicted in the 2012 gang rape of an Indian student is now blaming the woman for the injuries she suffered during the event, which led to her death.

In an interview for an upcoming BBC documentary about the event, Mukesh Singh, who drove the bus in which the rape occurred, said the woman "should just be silent and allow the rape." Singh also said the 23-year-old woman was at fault for being outside at 8:30 p.m.

"A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," Singh said in the BBC interview. "Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good."

Singh is on death row for his involvement in the event, as are three of the other attackers, but he is appealing his death sentence. BBC News reports that throughout 16 hours of interviews, Singh "showed no remorse" for the attack.

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New Mexico eighth grader Adelina Silva was giving her classmates forms from her school's website when she was stopped by a teacher and marched to the principal's office to be suspended. The forms in question were the problem: They were permission slips students could have their parents sign to allow them to opt out of an upcoming standardized test.

While the school district insists that it supports the right to opt out, teachers were allegedly told by the state's Public Education Department that they aren't allowed to criticize the tests.

As for Adelina Silva, her mom is fighting the suspension. "She did absolutely nothing wrong and yet they are making her feel like she did," Silva's mother said. The 12-year-old is upset that she missed class time and says she would hand the forms out again if given the chance.

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David Petraeus will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plea deal with the Justice Department, The New York Times reports. The deal will allow Petraeus, a retired four-star general, to avoid an "embarrassing" trial over whether he gave classified information to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell, while he was director of the CIA. Petraeus, who has denied criminal wrongdoing, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.

The affair was discovered by FBI agents who were investigating cyberstalking allegations. During an investigation into Broadwell, the agents found evidence that Petraeus had trusted her with classified information. But at a press conference in 2012, President Obama said there was no evidence Petraeus divulged classified information "that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security," according to the Times.

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