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Syria rebels say scores dead in poison-gas attack

BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition activists Wednesday accused the government of killing scores of civilians, including women and children, in a poison-gas assault on rebel strongholds outside Damascus.<p>The official Syrian news agency called the reports “untrue” and designed to derail a United Nations …

Middle East

Welfare Can Pay More Than That Entry-Level Job

Wel­fare pro­grams pay more than min­im­um wage in 35 states.<p>That’s ac­cord­ing to a new study re­leased this week by the Cato In­sti­tute, a …

Income Inequality

Study: Near-Death Experiences Might Just Be Brain Fireworks

In a recent experiment, rats' brain activity surged as they approached death.<p><b>Problem:</b> One time I went to a Target in Indiana and all the “Non-Fiction Bestsellers” were arguments for the existence of heaven, with the exception of Cheryl Strayed’s <i>Wild</i> and maybe a cookbook or something. A lot of the …

Associated Press News

Brain changes of autism may begin in the womb

Scientists say many of the brain changes seen in autism likely occur during pregnancy and delivery.<p>Two new studies add to a growing body of evidence pointing to pregnancy as a critical period in the brain changes that lead to autism.<p>One study, published Tuesday in <i>Annals of Neurology,</i> finds a …

Crosswalk outside of Russian embassy in Sweden gets LGBT pride treatment

<b>(Street Art Utopia)</b><p>Stockholm residents decided to protest Russia’s crackdown on gay rights with a little rainbow street art<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 12, 2013 12:55pm (UTC)<p>Russia's draconian crackdown on gay rights has made the Russian embassy in Stockholm, Sweden the target of a series of pro-LGBT …

Filipino farmers destroy GM crops designed to alleviate malnutrition

A group of 400 protestors has stormed a field filled with test crops of vitamin A-delivering Golden Rice in the Philippines, in protest at the …