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In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This may be the role reversal to end all…

Cloning breakthrough: Scientists create patient-specific stem cells from adults’ skin tissue

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists have moved a step closer to the…

Fox host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Climate science is just a ‘product that’s sold’ to Americans

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday morning declared that climate change was just another…

Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s

A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color…

Tech News

FBI facial-recognition program uses low-resolution photos and employment mugshots

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Considerations (via Techdirt)…

Google, IBM worries could raise questions about other tech-sector companies

Disappointing results from Google Inc and IBM may unnerve investors shaken by a strong recent…

Media

Literary icon Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Colombia’s Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of…

Courtney Love slams Bruce Springsteen: ‘Saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll’

Courtney Love slams Bruce Springsteen: ‘Saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll’ (via NJ.com) In…

U.S. News

Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach

(Reuters) – Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Friday confirmed…

In response to bridge investigation, Christie names Seton Hall dean as ombudsman

In response to bridge scandal review, Christie names Seton Hall dean as ombudsman (via NJ.com)…

California sees Obamacare surge as open enrollment ends for 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thanks to a final April surge, California’s Obamacare marketplace enrolled a…

Hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser confesses to illegal campaign contributions scheme

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded…

Ex-BP employee accused of insider trading sold $1 million in stock after Gulf oil spill: SEC

Regulators Thursday charged a former BP employee who worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…

World

U.S. releases $450 million in frozen Iran funds for complying with nuclear deal

The United States has authorized the release of a $450 million installment in Iranian assets that were frozen as punishment…

Russia agrees to surprise security deal in Ukrainian crisis

Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal Thursday to try to ease the Ukrainian crisis, in a glimmer…

Pope Francis includes elderly Muslim in Easter foot-washing ritual

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual…

Pentagon chief: U.S. will send ‘non-lethal’ military aid to Ukraine

The United States will send helmets, medical supplies and other non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine amid fears of another Russian…

John Kerry slams ‘grotesque’ anti-Jewish pamphlets in eastern Ukraine city

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday notices were sent to Jews in a Ukrainian city asking them…

Iranian murderer set to hang gets a slap in the face from the victim’s mother instead

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he…

115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap: principal

A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped from her school by Islamist…

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