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The Weird Politics of Florida's Medical Marijuana Vote

Florida's medical marijuana vote was supposed to be a bellwether for the national legalization movement. But now, supporters face an uphill battle against a well-funded opposition campaign that is determined to beat back reforms of the state's drug...<p>On Tuesday, voters in the Sunshine State will …

The World's Largest Snake Doesn't Need Males to Breed

We talked to the zookeeper in charge of Thelma, the world-famous snake that just had a virgin birth. It may be unsettling to imagine one less barrier in the way of more snakes, but finding new ways of making snakes might just be important.<p>In late October, the Louisville Zoo announced that a …

A Wall Street Banker Went on a Sex-Crazed Killing Spree in Hong Kong

Rurik Jutting, a Cambridge graduate wh​o worked for Bank of A​merica Merrill Lynch, is accused of murdering Jesse Lorena and Sumarti Ningsih, who are being identified as prostitutes from Southeast Asia.<p>On Saturday, a 29-year-old investment banker was arrested after two dismembered bodies were found …

This Guy Could Become the Most Powerful Man in the Senate

Greg Orman is running for Senate in Kansas as an Independent. If he unseats Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, he could determine which party controls the Senate after 2014.<p>​ Pay no attention to the Democrat behind the Independent curtain. That's the message three-term Kansas Republican Senator Pat …

Britain's spy chief says US tech firms aid terrorism

New GCHQ director Robert Hannigan accuses some Silicon Valley companies of becoming 'the command and control networks of choice' for terrorists<p>Technology giants such as Facebook and Twitter have become "the command and control networks of choice" for terrorists and criminals but are "in denial" …

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Ebola: Australia to help manage a UK field hospital in Sierra Leone – reports

Australia appears to be close to announcing practical assistance to contain Ebola in west Africa, with reports the government will help send medical volunteers to Sierra Leone.<p>Tony Abbott has faced political pressure to deploy teams to the region, but has resisted such action without guarantees …

Fossil fuel ads approved by Brisbane airport despite political intent

Three advertisements have been banned from appearing in Brisbane airport because they were deemed “too political” – but it has emerged that similar material from energy giant Chevron and the Queensland government’s controversial mining-funded Reef Facts campaign was approved.<p>In the run-up to the …

Pot politics could play a role in the Florida governor's race

Will pot politics push Florida Democrat Charlie Crist to victory on his quest to regain the governor's mansion?<p>That's what some Democrats are hoping.<p>Polls show Crist and his GOP rival, current Gov. Rick Scott, are neck-and-neck. A Quinnipiac University survey released Monday has Crist at 42%, Scott …

The best time to book a flight ticket, and other insights into how India flies

Over 110 million passengers get onboard flights in India every year—and most get their bookings wrong.<p>This is despite the unending fare wars, flash sales and airline launches, which together should mean that the Indian air traveller has rarely had it better. (How the airlines themselves are doing, …

Unruly Passenger Tied Down to Seat on Air India Flight from Australia to Delhi

An Indian passenger on board an Air India flight from Melbourne to Delhi was reportedly tied down using ropes and wires after he had too many drinks …

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The Times of India picks former Walmart executive as new CEO

Former Walmart executive Raj Jain has been picked to lead Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL), the powerful media company that publishes the Times of India and the Economic Times, among others.<p>He will join the company in December or early January and replace Ravi Dhariwal, who has served as CEO since …

Happy New Year Star Deepika Padukone Openly Attacked by Times of India: Netizens Express Disgust

<i>Happy New Year</i> star Deepika Padukone's 'cleavage controversy' is far from over. Following her open letter to Times of India over the issue, the …

Boobs aren’t news, but try telling that to the Times of India

It’s not the sentence you would expect to see in an “open letter” from the respectable Times of India, (established 1838). “Deepika,” runs the editorial addressed to actress Deepika Padukone, “just for the record, we do not zoom into a woman’s vagina or show her nipples.” The unedifying …