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George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty and Goes Free

The jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has found Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.<p>Zimmerman, who faced the possibility of …

Synthetic Drug 'Bath Salts' Trumps Methamphetamine In Addictiveness, Study Finds

The infamous drug bath salts, which rose to notoriety the last year, now has some even stronger evidence to its mighty addictiveness. A new study finds that the active ingredient in the drug trumps even the most addictive substances we know, namely methamphetamine. The study, using rats who became …

Five Mind-Blowing Charts on the War on Pot

Thanks to the citizens of Colorado and Washington, the tide is turning in the War on Pot. But the true toll of marijuana prohibition has been little …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

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Meningitis warning given ahead of NYC's Gay Pride weekend

People traveling to New York City for Gay Pride events over the June 28-30 weekend are being told to seek advice about vaccination for invasive meningococcal disease, in a report released Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.<p>Doctors from Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York City …

Mexican cat draws support for mayoral run

Fed up with politicians they call "rats," a group of friends in the eastern Mexican city of Xalapa have put forward their ideal candidate for mayor: a cat named Morris.<p>Xalapa resident Sergio Chamorro, who adopted the cat in August, said the plan began as a joke between friends borne out of their …

North Korea Says NSA Spying Makes the U.S. a 'Kingpin of Human Rights Abuses'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>North Korea, land of gulags, government-enforced information blackouts, and humans so hungry they …

Russian Duma backs adoption ban on foreign gay couples

<b>Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has unanimously backed a bill placing adoption restrictions on nations that allow same-sex marriage.</b><p>The proposal seeks to ban adoption of orphans by foreign gay couples and by single foreign nationals from countries where same-sex marriage is legal.<p>It …

Same-sex Marriage

Civil liberties groups file lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims

Asad "Ace" Dandia, a 20-year-old college student and Brooklyn native, thought nothing of the Facebook friend request he approved in March 2012.<p>The …

Angelina Jolie stunt double sues News Corp over US 'phone hacking’

News Corporation is being sued over phone hacking in the US for the first time in a move which lawyers said would “open the floodgates” for legal action on American soil, and could lead to criminal charges.<p>Angelina Jolie’s stunt double, Eunice Huthart, lodged court papers in a district court in …

Mexico City To Consider Legalizing Marijuana

The leftwing Party of the Democratic Revolution is preparing legislation that would make it legal to smoke weed in Mexico City, news site Sin Embargo reports.<p>The potentially game-changing legislation, which legislators plan to introduce in September, would allow people to grow marijuana at home, …

America's Landlords Are Far Less Likely to Rent to Gay Couples

New York Mom Accused of Running $3 Million Marijuana Operation Indicted

A suburban mother of two accused of running a sophisticated $3 million marijuana enterprise out of a New York warehouse was slapped with a federal …

North Korea: Kim Jong-un Mein Kampf report 'a thrice-cursed crime'

North Korea has unleashed its wrath on the authors of a report that Kim Jong-un praised Adolf Hitler and gave officials copies of Mein Kampf.<p><b>New Focus International</b>, an online news website run by North Korean defectors, published a report stating that, to mark his birthday on January 8, the <b>North</b> …

Berlin Looks a Lot Different to Obama in 2013 Than It Did in 2008

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Barack Obama returned to Berlin today, almost five years to the day from when he delivered his …

Egypt tourism minister resigns over new Islamist Luxor governor

Egypt's minister of tourism has resigned following the appointment of a new governor in the temple city of Luxor who belongs to an Islamist party linked to a deadly attack on tourists, state TV has announced.<p>Hesham Zazou said that following the appointment of Adel al-Khayat – a member of the …

The Afghanistan Peace Process Is Falling Apart Before It Can Even Begin

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Within hours of announcing they were ready to talk peace, the Taliban took credit for killing four …

In Germany, Obama Urges World To Fight For 'Peace With Justice'

<b>Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. 'Peace With Justice':</b><p>Speaking at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin — near the spot where John F. Kennedy made his famous speech almost 50 years ago — President Obama on Wednesday called on the global community to fight for democracy and freedom everywhere.<p>"Our fates are linked," …

Boom in '1984' sales in NSA wake

As the story of the National Security Agency secret surveillance program exploded, sales of George Orwell’s “1984” - about a totalitarian state and government monitoring - have shot up on online book seller Amazon.<p>As of Wednesday morning, four different editions of the book are in the top 40 of …

Edward Snowden, Satyajit Ray and Inverted Totalitarianism

<i>"[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the... commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing</i> …

Turkish protesters and police battle for control of Taksim Square

Turkish riot police using teargas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday night, hours after the …

Argentina’s radical gay rights movement

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>It shows what the U.S. could be doing better<p>Kate Redburn<p>June 9, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Jacobin.<p>At first glance, the gay rights movement in Argentina looks oddly familiar to an American. In the early 1970s, gays and lesbians began forming political …

Expedia Will Air Pro-Gay Marriage Ad When Supreme Court Decides On DOMA, Prop 8

The film follows a father's journey, both literal and figurative as he confronts his conflicting emotions around his lesbian daughter's same-sex marriage. Through his trip to her wedding, he ultimately finds his understanding.<p>In February, the ad was selected as one of TED's Ads Worth Spreading. …

A New Way for America

Two bruising wars have left America bankrupt and its military enervated. The U.S. military is still deployed in more than 150 countries. While our footprint might intoxicate Washington's elite and the military brass, our recent failures call into question whether America has over-extended …

Teens targeted with smoking texts

Send a text, stop a smoker?<p>That’s what the National Cancer Institute hopes for, as it pushes new smartphone-based tobacco cessation programs.<p>Instead of sending teens the traditional tobacco cessation literature, one program sends teens a text saying something like: “Smoking 1 may seem like the …

The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror

When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy.<p>Reuters<p>The image is still powerful, isn't it?<p>So are the anger, and the memories.<p>Most Americans don't just remember where they were on September 11, 2001 -- they remember feeling frightened. Along …

Calling Out the 'We're a Nation at War' Dodge

The phrase is used by people who want to justify a policy without having to prove that it's legal and prudent.<p>Public domain<p>"America is a nation at war." That notion is often invoked to defend the NSA surveillance program being unveiled before our eyes. You've heard it ad nauseum from American …