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

April 10, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

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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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Twitter conservatives howl after Stephen Colbert named to replace David Letterman

April 10, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

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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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Oil-By-Rail Scrutiny Ratchets Up Across United States

April 10, 2014

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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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Solar’s Disruptive Potential Discussed In McKinsey Report

April 10, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

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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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House Panel Vote: IRS Official in Contempt

April 10, 2014

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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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Firebrand Arab-Israeli cleric in trouble with law again

April 10, 2014

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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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Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

April 10, 2014

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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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Jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin plays for Palestine

April 10, 2014

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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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High School Stabbing Suspect to Be Charged as Adult

April 10, 2014

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

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Japan fighter jet dispatch highest since Cold War

April 10, 2014

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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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eBay ends Icahn dispute with board appointment

April 10, 2014

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Online retail giant eBay said Thursday it had reached a deal with activist investor Carl Icahn, who had demanded a spinoff of the payment division PayPal. Icahn, who had been leading a campaign to split up the ecommerce giant, reached a deal with eBay…

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US has given China a ‘mission impossible’ on N.Korea: envoy

April 10, 2014

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The United States is giving China a “mission impossible” by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences, Beijing’s ambassador said Thursday. “There is one thing that worries me a little…

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WHO unveils emergency moves against Ebola onslaught in Guinea

April 10, 2014

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The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country. The UN health agency announced emergency…

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NATO Chief Fires Back at Russian Criticism

April 10, 2014

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia’s criticism over NATO’s involvement in Ukraine is nothing more than “propaganda”, aimed at diverting attention away from its own illegal activities. (April 10)

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Goldcorp ups Osisko takeover bid to Can$3.6 bn

April 10, 2014

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Canadian mining giant Goldcorp upped its hostile takeover bid for rival Osisko Mining Corp. on Thursday to about Can$3.6 billion (US$3.3 billion). The new offer consists of Can$7.65 per share, the Vancouver-based company said. In January, Osisko had…

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France, Mexico open ‘new page’ after past tensions

April 10, 2014

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The presidents of France and Mexico kick-started relations between their nations on Thursday, putting behind past strains caused by the case of a Frenchwoman accused of kidnapping. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto treated visiting French leader…

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