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Sen. Wyden: Online piracy bills would ‘turn websites into web-cops’

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) blasted anti-online piracy bills in the U.S. House and Senate, the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Privacy Act, during an appearance on C-SPAN’s The Communicators on Saturday. Critics of the bills say they could destroy the fundamental structure of the Internet in the U.S,…

Berlin film fest to honour Meryl Streep

BERLIN — The Berlin film festival said Monday it would award Oscar-winning US actress Meryl Streep an honorary Golden Bear next month in recognition of her decades-long career. Streep, 62, whose latest film sees her portraying Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic “The Iron Lady”, will receive…

French breast implant firm used fuel additive

MARSEILLE, France — French breast implant manufacturer PIP used a fuel additive in its now-banned implants which the company knew were defective as early as 2005, it was revealed on Monday. The growing litany of accusations against now-defunct Poly Implant Prothese has triggered a worldwide scare with several countries, including…

Tortured Afghan child bride to go to India for treatment

KABUL — An Afghan child bride who says she was tortured by her mother-in-law and locked in a toilet for six months will be sent to India for medical treatment, the government in Kabul said on Monday. Sahar Gul, 15, was beaten, had her fingernails pulled out and was burned…

Vancouver finds novel way to reduce HIV: free crack pipes

Determined to halt the spread of diseases in their community, one Canadian neighborhood has adopted a controversial yet effective mitigation program: giving out free crack pipes. According to The Daily Mail, the Vancouver Coastal Health Harm Reduction organization has created a $60,000 “harm reduction program” aimed at at lowering HIV…

Two suspects charged over LA arson spree

LOS ANGELES — Two men have been charged over a spree of more than 50 arson attacks which kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year holiday, Los Angeles police said Monday, after a fourth night of fires. A new suspect, named as 55-year-old Alejandro Pineta, was arrested in the…

Protests, tear gas as fuel prices soar in Nigeria

ABUJA — Police fired tear gas at protesters in the Nigerian capital Monday as anger mounted after the government ended fuel subsidies, more than doubling petrol prices in the poverty stricken country. The move announced Sunday in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, saw petrol prices rocket to…

Lean beef OK for certain diets: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People using a diet centered on fruits and vegetables to lower their cholesterol may be able to introduce lean beef and get similar results, suggests a new study. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are similar to those of past research…

‘Sims’ designer creating new game for real life

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Will Wright, the designer behind successful video game simulations including “SimCity”, “The Sims” and “Spore”, is at it again. Only this time, rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of “HiveMind” is the actual player. “HiveMind,” a group of cross-platform, cross-media…

Body found after U.S. park manhunt for ranger killer

Police hunting a gunman who killed a ranger in Mount Rainier National Park found a body on Monday, a spokeswoman said. It was not immediately confirmed that the corpse was that of suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, who fled into the forest after the New Year’s Day shooting in…

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