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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.<p>A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter …

Thousands of Ebola orphans abandoned as adults fear infection

“Ebola is turning a basic human reaction like comforting a sick child into a potential death sentence”<p>At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents in the Ebola outbreak and, horrifically, are now being shunned. UNICEF officials report that care takers …

Antifreeze Poisoning Trial: Texas Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning her colleague and lover.<p>The Houston cancer researcher, 43, was …

Georgia woman gets 30-year prison term in daughter's malnutrition death | Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and child cruelty charges in the malnutrition death of her 16-year-old daughter.<p>Ebony Berry, 37, did not withhold food from her daughter, Markea, but failed …

Daycare Owner Charged With Murder In 3-Year-Old's Hanging Death

A former daycare owner in Georgia is facing charges in the July death of a 3-year-old who accidentally hanged himself on the playground.<p>Janna Thompson, who previously ran Ms. Janna’s Daycare out of her home in Alphareta, is charged with second-degree murder and child cruelty, according to The …

Canada murder trial hears of body parts in mailed parcels | Reuters

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian man who has admitted to killing and dismembering a Chinese student sent packages of body parts, pink tissue paper and hand-written notes to elementary schools and political parties, jurors were told on Tuesday.<p>Graphic evidence presented on the second day of the trial …

Florida to mail out $200 million in college refunds, week before election | Reuters

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Just before Election Day, thousands of Florida families who participate in prepaid college savings plans will receive refunds, or major cuts in their monthly payments, and Governor Rick Scott is not shy about taking credit for the windfall.<p>The timing of the massive …

Here's Why Thousands of Walruses Are Gathering on Alaska's Shore

Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem …

Global Warming

Oklahoma unveils new execution procedures – including upping dose of sedative

After botched 43 minute execution of Clayton Lockett, Oklahoma's new procedures will see dose of controversial sedative used increased five fold, number of media witnesses reduced, as well as more training for prison staff<p>Oklahoma prison officials unveiled new execution procedures on Tuesday to …

The U.S. Is Home To Nearly One-Third Of The World's Female Prisoners

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem.<p>According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in the U.S. -- almost one-third of the world's documented female prison population as of 2013.<p>An infographic designed by Niall McCarthy, charted by Statista, …

Florida jury mulls stand-your-ground defence in loud music murder trial

Jury to decide whether Michael Dunn, who shot dead a black teenager, was guilty of murder or acted in self-defence<p>The fate of a Florida man accused of murdering a black teenager whose rap music was too loud for his liking rested with a jury on Wednesday after prosecutors and defence lawyers offered …

High court weighs same-sex marriage cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now.<p>A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up …

Body of newborn baby found at Hesperia recycling center

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a newborn baby girl whose body was found at a Hesperia recycling center Wednesday morning, authorities said.<p>The body was found on a conveyer belt about 8 a.m. by workers at Advance Disposal Co. in the 17100 block of Mesa Street, said San Bernardino …

Ten percent of female University of Oregon students raped: survey | Reuters

PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - About 10 percent of female University of Oregon students surveyed have been raped while attending the school and the vast majority of those sexual assault cases were never reported to campus officials, school researchers found.<p>The findings come after the school faced …

Enterovirus D68 found in 4 patients who have died, including 10-year-old girl

Samples collected from four patients who recently died have tested positive for enterovirus D68, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>It is unclear what role the virus played in their deaths. In fact, it's possible that enterovirus had nothing to do with them. The virus is …

New Afghanistan pact means America's longest war will last until at least 2024

Bilateral security deal ensures that President Obama will pass off the Afghanistan war and his new war in Iraq and Syria to his successor<p>The longest war in American history will last at least another decade, according to the terms of a garrisoning deal for US forces signed by the new Afghanistan …

Supreme Court Passes on Gay Marriage Debate for Now

The Supreme Court skipped an early opportunity to wade back into the national debate on gay marriage Thursday.<p>The nation’s top court did not include …

LGBTQI

Ebola crisis: How did the virus get into the US?

<b>Two Dallas nurses have recovered after being infected while treating the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the US. How did the virus get to the US and could it further spread?</b><p>The outbreak gripping West Africa is the world's worst, infecting nearly 10,000 people and killing …

Disease

Ebola infecting five new people every hour in Sierra Leone, figures show

Save the Children warns that ‘terrifying rate’ of spread will overwhelm country’s fragile health system<p>Ebola is spreading at the rate of five new cases an hour in Sierra Leone, according to figures released as world leaders and experts on disease control gathered in London to discuss the …

100 people potentially exposed to US Ebola patient

Up to 100 people had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil<p>Up to 100 people may have been exposed to America's first Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.<p>The figure was a significant increase from the 18 people who were previously being monitored for …

U.S. has already spent nearly $1 billion fighting ISIS

The first wave of U.S. military attacks against ISIS has cost nearly $1 billion, according to a military think tank.<p>And costs could rise to as much as $1.8 billion a month if the U.S. military presence grows to 25,000 ground troops, as some have suggested, said the Center for Strategic and …

Camera51 App Automatically Helps You Compose Better Photos with Your Smartphone

Now that practically every phone on the market has a camera, it’s easy for anyone to become a ‘photographer.’ What isn’t nearly as easy is …

Photographers to follow on Ello

Since Ello (ello.co) is picking up steam and more and more great photographers are joining, I thought I put together this list of photographers that …

Social Media

Obama administration resignations and firings

Ebola Just the Latest Hardship for Liberian Patient in the U.S.

For Thomas Eric Duncan, the visa to visit his family in the United States was a golden reprieve: a chance to escape the poverty and sickness …

Disease