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Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

Would You Move Into A 5-Foot-Wide Home?

Can’t afford to live in the heart of a major city? A new scheme has designs on the spaces in between buildings.<p>As the world urbanizes and the density of cities scales up and up, there’s the pressing architectural and urban planning reality of where and how to create new housing. In a city like New …

Three teens charged in Australian Christopher Lane's death

<b>Three Oklahoma teenagers have been charged in the death of an Australian who was gunned down in broad daylight as he jogged on a road in the US state.</b><p>College baseball player Christopher Lane, 22, was shot in the back in the town of Duncan on Friday.<p>Police said one of the accused admitted Lane was …

Herd of Fluorescent Green Bunnies Born

Ex-Romanian princess Irina on Oregon cockfighting charges

<b>A former Romanian princess has appeared in court in the US accused of running a cockfighting business.</b><p>Prosecutors say Irina Walker, 60, and her husband ran 10 cockfighting events in Oregon in 2012 and 2013.<p>Blades were attached to the birds' legs, according to the federal indictment, and paying …

In Somalia, a major campaign to stop the spread of polio

A serious polio outbreak in Somalia is threatening to grow, while the urgent effort to deliver vaccinations continues.<p>MOGADISHU, Somalia, 14 August …

Public Health

Rulings on gay rights alter couple's retirement needs

After 14 years together, Mark Frey and Doug Vogel are finally finding out what it means to be a married couple preparing for retirement.<p>The Rancho Palos Verdes residents were elated when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. But the couple, who married in …

Aleppo: A city where snipers shoot children

<b>Bustan al-Qasr is the last remaining crossing point between the rebel and regime-held sides of Aleppo. Snipers are rife and the atmosphere tense, yet hundreds are forced to use it every day to get to work, to study and buy food.</b><p>"Today, at about midday, I treated someone who had been shot in the …

Associated Press News

Afghan educators struggle for funding as US aid budget shrinks

Cuts fuel fears among some Afghans that western governments are turning their backs on Kabul as Nato soldiers leave<p>The United States has stopped funding a charity that educates some of Afghanistan's most vulnerable abuse victims, including a tortured child bride and a teenager scarred by acid for …

Russia Not Only Country With Anti-Gay Laws

Many other countries, from Iran to Cameroon, have harsh anti-gay laws.<p><b>A new Russian law that criminalizes "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors" has sparked growing calls from the global gay community and its supporters for a boycott of Russia's upcoming Winter Olympics.</b><p>While …

Gay History Book In Russia Sparks Controversy As Saratov Official Calls For Its Removal From Stores

As backlash against Russia's anti-gay legislation mounts, an official in the Saratov region pointed out another instance of so-called "gay propaganda."<p>According to local reports, Alexander Lelikov is calling for the removal of a gay history book from Russian bookstores. The Saratov lawyer, who …

Associated Press News

China police officer held for 'throwing infant' to ground in Henan

<b>A police officer has been detained after allegedly grabbing a baby from her father's arms and throwing her onto the ground in central China.</b><p>The seven-month-old infant suffered a fractured skull but is now said to be out of danger.<p>The apparently drunk officer is said to have made a bet with friends …

Baby Messiah case brings religious right, ACLU together

Perspective<p>Baby Messiah case brings religious right, ACLU together<p>A Tennessee judge's gall in ruling that a woman can't name her child Messiah is being condemned by those of all political stripes.<p>August 18, 2013|By Robin Abcarian<p>Seven-month-old Martin DeShawn McCullough is the subject of a …

Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours

David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act Alan Rusbridger on Snowden, Greenwald and the threat to journalism<p>The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the …

515-Pound Halibut Caught By Marco Leibenow Near Norway May Be World Record (PHOTO)

One German fisherman may have just reeled in a world record.<p>According to fishing tour company Angelreisen Hamburg, Marco Liebenow was fishing off the coast of Norway when he managed to catch a 515-pound halibut in July.<p>Speaking on behalf of Liebenow, Angelreisen Hamburg's David Bottcher said that …

NCAA could prevent former Marine Steven Rhodes from playing college football

The NCAA's pièce de resistance would be keeping a former Marine from playing college football because he played in an intramural league while in the service.<p>We all know that the NCAA is pretty much the worst organization ever, for a variety of reasons, but it might have hit a new low: it's …

Up Close At One Of The World's Oldest, Most Dangerous Horse Races

The Palio di Siena lasts less than two minutes and has been run regularly for more than 350 years. Just watch those hooves.

Italy

New Zealand holds its first same sex weddings

Dozens of same-sex couples said "I do" on Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage.<p>Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet to a historic bath house as gay men and women took advantage …

Republicans hate being called “racist”

Conservatives freaked when they thought Reince Priebus called them racist, because being called racist is the worst<p>The big news out of the RNC meeting today is that chairman Reince Priebus didn't actually call Mitt Romney's endorsement of a "self-deportation" policy racist, as initially reported. …

Can the GOP Fix Its Woman Problem in Time to Fight Clinton?

The tension at the heart of the party -- between its forward-looking technocrats and its headdesk brigades -- was on ripe display at the RNC's Summer Meeting.<p>BOSTON -- If you knew nothing else about the Republican Party, two days at the Republican National Committee's Summer Meeting would convince …

Hundreds of Convicted Killers Slipping Through Texas Loophole

A loophole in Texas law is opening the cell doors for hundreds of convicted killers and other violent criminals and setting dates for their early …

Chinese Zoo Fails at Trying to Have a Dog Pass for a Lion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Chinese zoos are depressing places—an ostrich was bitten and killed by a patron at one; some people …

Gaza Border Crossing Closed Indefinitely By Egypt

Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip "indefinitely" for security reasons after a day of deadly violence nationwide," a security official told AFP on Thursday.<p>Hundreds of Palestinian travellers were left stranded on both sides of the crossing, the only …