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TSA Airport Screening Lawsuit Nears Court Date To Challenge Intrusive Searches

NEW YORK -- A lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration over its airport security procedures is heading to a court hearing next week, following a Friday order in the case that could give the government extra headaches.<p>Two Harvard law students brought the suit in 2010, arguing that …

Locusts In Madagascar: UN Needs $41 Million To End The Plague

About half of the island nation of Madagascar is infested with locusts. This has mysteriously happened during Passover, despite the fact that there …

Anti-rape video in response to Steubenville trial coverage goes viral

A University of Oregon film student felt compelled to respond to some of the issues surrounding the Steubenville rape case -- and has 1.3 million views on YouTube.<p>Samantha Stendal, 19, directed “A Needed Response” and addressed it to “the Steubenville rapists … or any rapists out there,” in order …

The Official Story of Who Shot Bin Laden Has Given Way to a Stupid Media Feud

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>"You really believe this story? Osama Bin Laden?" asks Chris Pratt in the action movie version of …

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.<p>Mark McCaffrey …

David Miliband to step down as MP for post at global charity in New York

David Miliband has stunned the Labour party by deciding to quit British politics to run the International Rescue Committee charity in New York.<p>The …

Julia Pierson: veteran agent becomes first woman to lead US secret service

Barack Obama appointed the first woman to lead the US secret service in its 148-year-old history on Tuesday.<p>Julia Pierson, a secret service veteran …

Burma sets curfews to curb spread of violence

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Burma imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in three townships after anti-Muslim religious violence touched new parts of the country, edging closer to the main city of Yangon.<p>State television Tuesday reported incidents in the three townships in Bago region, all within …

Supreme Court tackles federal Defense of Marriage Act

An 83-year-old former IBM programmer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a law that cost her more than a quarter of a million dollars and deprived her, and thousands of other gay couples, of federal marriage benefits.<p>At issue is the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, passed by …

Oscar Pistorius and His Brother Have Had Enough of Their Homicide Cases

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Thursday, Oscar Pistorius and his lawyers are expected to challenge bail restrictions resulting …

Berlin Wall section removed despite protests

Construction workers backed by German police have removed a section of the Berlin Wall to make way for a building project, despite calls for the …

The CIA Has an Undercover Female Boss

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A day after Julia Pierson became the first woman director of the Secret Service, it was learned that …

Brazilian doctor investigated over 300 hospital deaths

A Brazilian doctor who has been charged with the murder of seven patients is being investigated in almost 300 other cases, according to health …

Kofi Annan claims it is too late for outside intervention in Syria

Syria's civil war cannot be resolved by outside meddling as the regime and the rebels are committed to the fight for control of the divided state, Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general has said.<p>Mr Annan said he believed that Western powers had left it too late to intervene effectively in the …

Rights group criticises Somalia over rapes

Somalia's President has responded to a report that accuses security forces of abusing people in refugee camps, saying his government is working to improve its human rights record but that the list of problems his country is facing is "endless".<p>Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that Somalia's …

Avatar activism: are social media avatars effective in showing support?

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the United States, has been encouraging supporters to switch their Facebook and …

In the Future, People Will Wonder What the Fuss Was All About

While the U.S. Supreme Court may hold the line on most of the country, while likely allowing the invalidation of California's Proposition 8 anti-gay marriage initiative, it is clear that the right to same-sex marriage will be part of America's future.<p>In the future, I'm sure people will wonder what …

Same-sex Marriage

Young Conservatives Push For DOMA Repeal At Supreme Court

WASHINGTON -- Casey Syron, 19, was probably the only person at the Supreme Court on Wednesday wearing a National Rifle Association hat. He was also holding a sign proclaiming himself to be a proud gay Republican.<p>"It's important to let people know that not all gay people are Democrats," said Syron, …

Supreme Court Defense Of Marriage Act Arguments (FULL TRANSCRIPT, AUDIO)

The Supreme Court heard arguments dealing with same-sex marriage on Wednesday, taking on United States v. Windsor, which questions whether it's constitutional for the U.S. government to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages that have been recognized by the states.<p>The High Court heard arguments in …

Gay Couples Rub PDA In Westboro Baptist Church's Face, Aren't Struck Down By God's Wrath (PHOTOS)

Gay couples were seen kissing in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters outside of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, perhaps testing the controversial congregation's insistence that such a heinous act would lead to punishment from God.<p>While much of the focus was on the Supreme Court as it …

Solidarity Gives Rise to the Equality Generation

Poll after poll reveals an emerging consensus among young people for voting rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women's rights and worker's rights. This is no accident but the outcome of years of coalition building, grassroots blossoming into an equality generation.<p>We saw the seeds planted over the …

Cowards on the Court

Supreme Court Justices Sotomayer, Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer, Roberts, and Kennedy seem determined to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage on the narrowest legal grounds. During preliminary questioning in <i>Hollingsworth v. Perry</i>, Sotomayer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Breyer, the center-liberal wing on the …

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Literal Genesis Trial Proposed To Put Evolution vs. Creationism Before A Judge

One creationist plans to put his money where his Bible is for a "Literal Genesis Trial," a $20,000 contest of his creation. The winner must prove or discredit a literal interpretation of the biblical book of Genesis, the Guardian reports.<p>Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo, who holds a PhD in kinesiology and …