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Reported Rape Cases In Delhi Nearly Double In Aftermath Of Gang Rape On Bus

Nearly a year after the brutal gang rape of a student on a moving bus, the number of reported rape cases in Delhi has nearly doubled, according to a report heard by India's Supreme Court Wednesday.<p>Between January and Oct. 15 of this year, 1,330 instances of rape and 2,844 molestation cases were …

Wash. school placed on lockdown over Halloween toy gun

Police in Washington state say a realistic-looking Halloween costume sent Wenatchee city officers and Chelan County sheriff's deputies rushing to an elementary school after a passer-by reported seeing someone walking nearby with what appeared to be an assault rifle.<p>Wenatchee police say the school …

Are Farm Veterinarians Pushing Too Many Antibiotics?

In a barn outside Manhattan, Kan., researchers from Kansas State University are trying to solve the riddle of bovine respiratory disease. They're sticking plastic rods down the noses of 6-month old calves, collecting samples of bacteria.<p>"This bacteria, Mannheimia haemolytica, lives in most cattle," …

Families brace as billions in food stamp cuts set in

Benefit cuts to food stamp recipients kick in Friday, a move by Congress that will siphon $5 billion off a program that helps one in seven Americans put breakfast, lunch and dinner on the table.<p>As president of the Food Bank for New York City, Margaret Purvis expects those cuts will draw even more …

Income Inequality

Which Plans Cover Abortion? No Answers On HealthCare.gov

As if the rollout of the federal health law didn't have enough problems, abortion is back in the spotlight.<p>How the various health plans in the exchanges would or would not pay for abortion was one of the very last issues settled before the bill was passed in 2010. Now abortion's invisibility on the …

Pumpkins filled with cocaine found at Montreal airport, officials say

Canada's border services agency says it has stumbled upon a different kind of Halloween surprise in some pumpkins this year.<p>Authorities believe three pumpkins found in a woman's luggage at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal airport on Thursday were stuffed with approximately 4.4 pounds …

Man, 80, fights bear, falls off cliff – and survives

Octogenarian Russian shepherd kicks and headbutts animal, which tosses him off a cliff – but he lives to tell the tale<p>An octogenarian versus a hungry Russian bear. It was a confrontation that could have ended only one way, and yet shepherd Yusuf Alchagirov was sitting upright in bed this week and …

Germany allows 'indeterminate' gender at birth

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1024000/1024558_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524655873_5209dcfb959b1aff178ff243921c0aab<p><b>Germany has become Europe's first country to allow babies with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.</b><p>Parents are …

LGBTQI

Strict Texas abortion law takes effect

HOUSTON — A federal appeals court allowed most of Texas' new<p>abortionrestrictions to take effect immediately, lifting an injunction Thursday that had suspended much of the law.<p>The decision came three days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin blocked restrictions that he found …

Data Protection

Vatican surveys church worldwide on response to social and family matters

The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year.<p>The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a …

Associated Press News

Germany may invite Edward Snowden as witness in NSA inquiry

Edward Snowden may be invited to Germany as a witness against the US National Security Agency.<p>Action is under way in the Bundestag to commission a parliamentary investigation into US intelligence service spying and a German politician met Snowden in Moscow on Thursday to discuss the …

Associated Press News

Chinese boy, 10, 'ordered' to jump from building by teacher after talking in class

A Chinese father is calling for an inquiry after his 10-year-old son threw himself from a high-rise building, allegedly on the orders of a teacher who caught him talking in class<p>A 10-year-old boy fell to his death from a 30-storey block of flats after a primary school teacher “ordered” him to jump, …

Self-Criticism

Hagel blasts states on same-sex benefits policy

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.<p>"This is wrong," Hagel said in a speech in New York.<p>…

A Lot of Homeland Security Employees Are Fudging Their Timesheets

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to whistleblowers in a report submitted to the White House and Congress by the Office of …

Amanda Knox case: new DNA test casts doubt over murder weapon

New testing of DNA found on knife believed to have been used in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher casts fresh doubt over whether it was the murder weapon<p>New testing of traces of DNA on the kitchen knife allegedly used to kill Meredith Kercher shows that it belonged to Amanda Knox …

Crime

Elaborate Drug Tunnel Discovered Near San Diego

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Drug enforcement authorities on Thursday announced the discovery of a large drug tunnel linking …

U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

Some of the electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency have been on "automatic pilot" in recent years and have inappropriately "reached too far," Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.<p>Kerry's comments are causing something of a stir.<p><i>The Guardian</i> says they're the "most …

Hacking trial: Coulson told staff to 'do his phone'

Andy Coulson ordered snooping on Calum Best, the son of George Best, by telling one of his senior lieutenants at The News of the World to “do his phone,” the phone hacking trial has heard.<p>The former tabloid editor, who went on to become David Cameron’s chief spokesman, is alleged to have given the …

Wayne Rooney

Few Obamacare insurance sign-ups on opening day, documents show

WASHINGTON - -Just six enrollments occurred on the opening day for www.healthcare.gov, the troubled Obamacare website, according to documents released late Thursday by a House oversight committee.<p>Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, obtained …

Mexico passes 'junk food tax' reform

<b>The Mexican Congress has approved a tax reform bill imposing new levies on junk food and soft drinks.</b><p>President Enrique Pena Nieto's project also aims to boost government revenue by increasing top earners' income tax.<p>The government says the extra cash will go on infrastructure and social security, …

Polish priest wanted over Dominican child sex-abuse

Poland's Catholic bishops last month apologised to the victims of priests accused of paedophilia<p><b>Prosecutors in Dominican Republic have asked their attorney-general to extradite a Polish Roman Catholic priest on child-abuse charges involving thousands of pornographic images.</b><p>The priest, Rev Wojciech …

Dominican Republic

Germany adopts third gender law

Germany has become Europe's first country to introduce a third gender by allowing babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.<p>The new law gives parents an option of leaving gender section blank on birth certificate, creating a category in public …