April 21, 2014

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Turkey university cancels panel on gays; ‘immoral’ by Hezbollah

A Turkish university cancelled a panel on gay rights after it came under harsh criticism from Islamic extremists who branded the event as “immoral”, a liberal daily reported Monday. The Ilke news agency, which is close to Turkey’s Islamist Hezbollah…

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April 21, 2014

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Supreme Court takes up status of Jerusalem

The US Supreme Court Monday decided to hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem, once again taking up the sensitive issue of the status of the contested city. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall before deciding on the constitutionality…

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April 21, 2014

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President says ferry crew’s actions ‘tantamount to murder’

The captain and crew of a South Korean ferry that capsized with hundreds of children on board acted in a way “tantamount to murder,” President Park Geun-Hye said Monday, as four more crew members were arrested and the death toll rose to 87. Park’s denunciation…

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April 21, 2014

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Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike. “It would be difficult to stop the construction of the fourth…

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April 21, 2014

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India’s top court lifts iron ore mining ban in Goa

India’s top court ruled Monday that iron ore mining can resume in the mineral-rich state of Goa but capped annual output, ending a ban imposed to stop environmental damage. India was once the third-biggest exporter of the raw material, used to make…

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April 21, 2014

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More red ink for US newspapers in latest survey

US newspapers suffered further revenue declines in 2013, seeing only mixed success in a transition to digital, according to industry figures. Total newspaper industry revenue amounted to $37.59 billion in 2013, a 2.6 percent drop from $38.60 billion…

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April 10, 2014

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Texas AG sides with hospital that allowed ‘sociopathic’ surgeon to maim, kill patients

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is going out of his way to defend four civil lawsuits against a hospital accused of allowing a “sociopathic” neurosurgeon to treat patients. None of the suits name the state, but the Dallas Morning News reported…

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April 10, 2014

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Du Pont heir never completed court-ordered treatment after conviction for daughter’s rape

An heir to the DuPont chemical fortune who was convicted of raping his daughter did not attend the court-mandated sex offender treatment program that enabled him to avoid jail time. Delaware online reported Thursday that Robert H. Richards IV was ordered…

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April 10, 2014

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Twitter conservatives howl after Stephen Colbert named to replace David Letterman

The announcement Thursday afternoon that Stephen Colbert had been named the replacement for the retiring David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Night” elicited a range of emotions from Twitter users – sometimes within the same tweet. The range of emotions…

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April 10, 2014

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Charles Rangel rips Gohmert and GOP ‘Confederates’ with ‘hatred in their heart’

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) on Thursday defended the assertion that race played a role in the treatment of President Barack Obama and other minorities in government, saying that the Republican Party had allowed itself to be taken over by “Confederates…

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April 10, 2014

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Editors Resign From Frontiers Journal Over Retracted Paper That Upset Climate Science Deniers

Wed, 2014-04-09 16:54Graham Readfearn Two university professors are resigning as editors at a scientific publisher in protest of its decision to retract research linking climate change scepticism to conspiratorial thinking. Professors Ugo Bardi, of…

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April 10, 2014

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Oil-By-Rail Scrutiny Ratchets Up Across United States

Thu, 2014-04-10 08:37Justin Mikulka Two years ago, trains snaked through American towns and cities day and night often without residents, or even city officials, knowing they were carrying explosive crude oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota…

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April 10, 2014

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Solar’s Disruptive Potential Discussed In McKinsey Report

For a variety of reasons, solar companies have had a hard time profit-wise in recent years. However, that doesn’t mean their sales haven’t been growing. The solar market has grown in size year after year, and for the companies that squeezed through…

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April 10, 2014

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Here’s What Changed in Yesterday’s Windows 8.1 Update

Users of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 may have noticed a rather large OS update yesterday—that’s Windows 8.1 Update 1, if you were wondering. The update brought a whole bunch of new bits and pieces to the table to make the experience of actually using…

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April 10, 2014

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House Panel Vote: IRS Official in Contempt

A House committee has voted to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. She headed the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. (April…

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April 10, 2014

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Firebrand Arab-Israeli cleric in trouble with law again

An Israeli court Thursday found Islamic cleric Sheikh Raed Salah guilty of obstructing the work of police when they quizzed and searched his wife, the firebrand’s latest run-in with the law. The court said Salah, an Arab-Israeli, had “interrupted” police…

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April 10, 2014

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Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

Mexico’s booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months. The Latin American nation now only trails Canada, but experts say Mexico…

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April 10, 2014

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Jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin plays for Palestine

The Palestinian territories are rarely a destination for jazz musicians let alone stars of an art form that is more at home in big cities such as New York and Chicago. Which makes the performance of jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin before a packed…

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April 10, 2014

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High School Stabbing Suspect to Be Charged as Adult

Alex Hribal, 16, allegedly went on a rampage, stabbing 22 people at Franklin High School near Pittsburgh.

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April 10, 2014

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Japan fighter jet dispatch highest since Cold War

Japan dispatched fighter jets more often over the past 12 months than at any time since the Cold War ended, according to government figures, with the sorties mostly aimed at chasing away Chinese and Russian aircraft. Tokyo scrambled fighter jets 810…

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