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Doctors reveal 'harmful' standards of medical care for asylum seekers

Exclusive: Fifteen doctors write letter detailing 'gross departures' from medical norms towards detainees on Christmas Island<p>A group of doctors has revealed the shocking standard of medical care they are made to provide asylum seekers at the Christmas Island detention centre in a 92-page “letter of …

'Duck Dynasty' patriarch suspended from show for anti-gay comments - TODAY.com

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been taken off the A&E hit series "indefinitely," following anti-gay comments he made in a GQ interview published online Wednesday that appears in the Dec. 24 issue.<p>Closed Captioning<p>ON<p>OFF<p>apply | reset x<p>font<p>size<p>color<p>‘Duck Dynasty’ star suspended after anti-gay …

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Pope Francis, The Choice

Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the …

House preps for vote on budget

House Republicans are planning a Thursday vote on a bipartisan budget deal, one of their last legislative acts before leaving Washington for the rest of 2013.<p>Despite some conservative opposition inside and outside the Capitol, Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team are confident they will …

India Supreme Court Upholds Sodomy Law

The top court in the world's second-largest nation says it's up to parliament to decide on undoing the law criminalizing same-sex intercourse. This is "a major setback to LGBT rights," says the legal group that brought the case. Updated with details from the written judgement.<p>After a 12 year legal …

French officials can monitor internet users in real time under new law

Clause lets police and other agencies spy without prior legal authorisation, weeks after France expressed outrage at NSA revelations<p>French intelligence and government officials will be able to spy on internet users in real time and without prior legal authorisation, under a law passed on …

FDA Warns on Animal Antibiotics

Pope Francis named Time's 2013 Person of the Year

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.<p>The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had …

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Boehner slams conservative groups lining up against budget deal

WASHINGTON — House Speaker<p>John A. Boehnerdelivered an uncharacteristically forceful response to conservative groups lining up against the budget compromise announced Tuesday, accusing them of “using” people to advance their own goals rather than theGOP’s.<p>Speaking with reporters at the Capitol on …

Congress set to pass historically few laws in 2013

WASHINGTON -- The 113th Congress looks to be a sure bet to go down as the most ineffective in history.<p>Just 56 bills were signed into law so far in 2013, as the first session prepared to wrap up. For the first time in recent memory, the number of new laws didn’t even come close to breaking triple …

Amazing photo features George W. Bush showing off his paintings to Hillary Clinton and others on Air Force One

Bush, Clinton and others were en route to Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa<p>While on Air Force One, heading to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial, George W. Bush apparently saw fit to share with Hillary Clinton and others some of his recent paintings — and official White House …

Tea Party’s ignorant, empty threat: Why Paul Ryan will be just fine

Up in arms over the budget deal, right-wing nuts say Paul Ryan can’t run for president now. Here’s what they forget<p>House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan "can kiss goodbye any chances of running for president in 2016," claims Todd Cefaratti of something called TheTeaParty.net. "This [budget …

The real Obama story at Mandela’s ceremony the U.S. media missed

While a cellphone pic went viral, the president was engaged in high melodrama with his South African counterpart<p>SOWETO, South Africa — The American press may have been obsessed with a selfie and made-up depictions of Michelle Obama, but there was a real story at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in …

Judge Says Lazy, Unethical Prosecutors Across America Are Breaking A Basic Rule

"There is an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land. Only judges can put a stop to it," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissenting opinion in a case where one of these violations allegedly occurred.<p>The term Brady violation comes from the U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, in which …

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Ted Cruz manages to get even more repulsive

He “honors” Mandela by leaving his service and thinks it’s big of him to not endorse a nutjob. Why he’s the worst<p>OK, Sen. Ted Cruz showed <i>me</i>: I accused him of hypocrisy for his Nelson Mandela praise last week – praise that horrified his racist wingnut Facebook fans – and he followed up by attending …

FDA approves skull implant that helps treat epileptic seizures

Epilepsy affects 3 million people in the US, making it the third most common neurological disorder in the country. In a move that may offer relief for some patients, the FDA has approved a skull implant that helps reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.<p>The device …

Everyone Should Ignore Time’s Person of the Year

The magazine’s venerable feature is a smart idea, but there’s no excuse for the media pretending it’s news and turning themselves into free PR for Time Inc.<p>There’s plenty to be said for year-end wrap-ups and lists. They are a great way to recap all the biggest stories of the year, remind us what …

FreeBSD project acts on suspicions over potential Intel and Via “backdoors”

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Intel<p>The FreeBSD project will diminish the importance of the so-called random number generators (RNGs) that are built …

China Puts Former Security Chief Under House Arrest

Zhou is the most senior official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949. He was the domestic security tsar and a member of the party's Politburo Standing Committee - the pinnacle of power in the country - when he retired last year.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping …

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Boehner Unloads At Conservative Groups That Oppose The Budget Deal: 'This Is Ridiculous!'

"They're using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday.<p>Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending …

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