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Cops who beat homeless man to death walk free

Kelly Thomas, schizophrenic and homeless, cried for his dad as he was beaten. His assaulters were found not guilty<p>Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from schizophrenia, died in hospital in 2011. He had beaten, tasered and kicked to death by cops from the Fullerton County Police Department …

Kangaroo in 400-year-old manuscript could change Australian history

A 16th century manuscript featuring an image that looks like a kangaroo could prove that Portuguese explorers discovered Australia before the first recorded European landing in 1606<p>A drawing of a kangaroo on a 16th century Portuguese manuscript could potentially change the world's understanding of</b> …

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Activists in China just saved 2,800 cats from ending up on the dinner table

This week, about 30 activists in Wuhan, China blocked the path of a truck carrying over 2,800 cats destined for the south where feline cuisine is not uncommon. The cats were likely to be sold as meat at restaurants. Wuhan traffic police eventually intercepted the vehicle; the truck driver is being …

China

Pol wants 'affluenza' defense ban

A California lawmaker is proposing a law in his state that would ban the controversial “affluenza” defense that spared a Texas teenager jail time in a fatal drunk-driving crash.<p>Los Angeles-area state Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a bill this week that would prohibit factoring in a person’s …

Grocery Store Shooting Kills Three

The Most Likely Person to Read a Book? A College-Educated Black Woman

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In its look at the adoption of electronic book formats, Pew Research stumbled onto an interesting …

Obama picks black lesbian judge

President Barack Obama has already nominated more African-American judges and more LGBT judges than any previous president. On Thursday, he’ll announce the nomination of Staci Michelle Yandle, the first African-American lesbian federal judge he’s picked.<p>Yandle, who’s in private practice, will be …

U.S. presses railways to find safer alternative routes for crude-oil shipping

U.S. officials are urging the rail industry to consider alternative routes for moving crude oil after a series of fiery derailments in Canada and the United States.<p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said executives from North American rail companies agreed during a meeting on Thursday to assess …

Obama issues new policy for selling arms abroad

President Obama issued a policy Wednesday that for the first time expressly states that the United States should not sell military equipment to countries so unstable that they might ultimately turn the weapons against us or our allies.<p>Obama's "presidential directive" is an update of a 1995 policy …

Amsterdam community project pays alcoholics with beer to clean streets

A group of alcoholics has been hired to clean the streets of Amsterdam.<p>In return for a day’s work, they’re paid 10 euros, one hot meal, half a packet of cigarettes and five cans of beer.<p>Many of the men have lost careers and marriages to alcohol addiction and are happy to find some companionship and …

Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a United Nations hearing Thursday in Geneva.<p>The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child took church officials to task during what The Associated Press described as a "grilling" that insisted the …

Gandhi Scion Declines Chance to Be India’s Next Leader

Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of India’s ruling Congress party and scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, will not run as Congress’s Prime Ministerial …

Ohio executes inmate using untried, untested lethal injection method

A death row inmate who was executed by the state of Ohio on Thursday with an untried and untested combination of two medical drugs appeared to gasp and snort in a procedure that took an unusually long 25 minutes to kill him.<p>Dennis McGuire was pronounced dead at 10.53am at the Southern Ohio …

Study: Heavy Drinking Is Toxic To The Brains Of Men, But Not Those Of Women

One of the largest studies ever conducted on the long-term effects of alcohol consumption suggests that heavy drinking is linked to significant cognitive decline in middle-aged men. The brains of women, however, seem to be protected against this toxic effect for reasons that aren’t clear.<p>Cognitive …

Christie campaign organization on subpoena list in bridge probe, source says

The special committee investigating the manufactured traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge plans to issue a subpoena for Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign organization, a source involved in the probe told NBC News on Thursday.<p>The chairman of the committee had planned to subpoena only …

Congress finally passes US budget

The US congress has finally agreed how to apportion more than a $1tn worth of annual government spending, passing a 1,524-page appropriations bill by a comfortable majority in the Senate.<p>Despite fraught negotiations that included a 16-day government shutdown in October, the culmination of the …

US Army colonel: world is sleepwalking to a global energy crisis

Senior figures from industry, military and politics explore risks of financial chaos, oil depletion and climate catastrophe<p>A conference sponsored by a US military official convened experts in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an …

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Rare childhood disease may clarify Alzheimer's - Futurity

By studying a rare disease that leaves children unable to walk by adolescence, Rutgers researchers hope to better understand diseases like …

Alzheimer's Disease

Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression'

Online communities like those on Tumblr are perpetuating ideas of "beautiful suffering," confusing what it means to be clinically depressed.<p>A few months ago, Laura U., a typical 16-year-old at an international school in Paris, sat at her computer wishing she looked just like the emaciated women on …

Alzheimer's study reveals new genes implicated in disease

Largest study yet into genetics of Alzheimer's disease identifies double the previous number of genes associated with disorder<p>Researchers have taken a major step towards understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease with the largest study yet into the genetics of the disorder.<p>Findings from the …

Obama Reportedly Unaware of World Leader Phone Tapping

U.S. officials responded Sunday night to a report that the National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel …

Child taken from second Roma family in Ireland by police returned to parents

DNA samples taken from Athlone boy of two and his parents, while Dublin family await results of tests on girl of seven<p>Irish police who took a child away from a second Roma family overnight have since handed him back, it emerged on Wednesday.<p>The latest child was removed late on Tuesday night from a …

JonBenet Ramsey Judge Orders Grand Jury Documents Released

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7 Must-have Apps for Audio Lovers

Are you someone who constantly has your ear buds on?<p>Do you love listening to music, audio books, or podcasts while driving or working out?<p>Well, here are seven awesome iPhone apps to fill your ear buds with energizing music, educational audio books, or funny podcasts all day long.<p>1. Umano (free)<p>If …

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Neighbor of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro charged in murders, rapes

A man who lived on the same block as the late Cleveland serial rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro will appear in court Monday on kidnapping, rape and murder charges after county prosecutors released a 293-count indictment, officials said.<p>Elias Acevedo, Sr., 49, was charged late Thursday with four …

Should Severe Premenstrual Symptoms Be A Mental Disorder?

The way Ronna Simmons of Philadelphia describes it, every two weeks a timer goes off.<p>Simmons, 24, will have been doing just fine, working, taking care of her daughter. And then suddenly everything changes. Normally cheerful, Simmons says she begins to hate herself.<p>"I tell everybody, 'I'm not myself …