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Germany clears genetic testing of embryos after ethics debate

Germany’s upper house of parliament on Friday gave its green light to testing embryos after in vitro fertilisation in certain cases after a passionate ethical debate in the country on the issue. The Bundesrat voted to allow so-called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos when one of the partners had a…

Gun owners tend to be male, white, married, living in south: Gallup

Gun owners in the United States tend to be male, white, married and living in the south, according to a study published Friday by Gallup. Men are three times more likely than women to own a gun, the analysis of surveys of some 6,000 people from 2007 to 2012 found.…

Social network Path settles privacy violation accusations

Social network app Path agreed Friday to pay $800,000 to settle charges it violated privacy of young users by uploading address book information without seeking permission, officials said. The Federal Trade Commission settlement came a year after Path co-founder and chief executive Dave Morin apologize for what he said was…

The Purple Corkscrew

At 5:53am on the morning of February 1, 2003, Sarah and I stood on Bernal Hill in San Francisco looking west in the sky. Broken low clouds had barely parted enough for us to find what we had come for, above the western horizon. “There it is,” I said, as…

Michigan to issue driver’s licenses to approved undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants who have approval to live and work in the United States won a victory in Michigan on Friday. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has decided to allow individuals participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) to apply for driver’s licenses, a reversal of previous…

Scott Brown will not run for Senate seat in special election: report

Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown has apparently decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts left open by Sen. John Kerry, President Obama’s new Secretary of State, reported the Boston Globe. His announcement was rather unusual; he texted the Boston Herald, “U are the first to know,”…

Campaign to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio kicks off in Arizona

A group calling itself Respect Arizona filed papers on Thursday to recall Maricopa County’s controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “We believe Sheriff Arpaio has violated our trust and our dignity as citizens because too many people have suffered as a result of Sheriff Arpaio’s abusive practices and policies,” the group wrote…

Why sales is a hot new job

Why sales is a hot new job (via The Christian Science Monitor) Tim Kilroy, a father of five, changed jobs about a year ago to become a sales representative for three companies, all in some ways linked to technology. The payoff: He raked in between $250,000 and $500,000 last year.…

Report: Oakland PD pointed firearms at a sleeping baby

A new report by the federal monitor overseeing the Oakland Police Department officers pointed their weapons at a sleeping baby while executing a search warrant. “Two officers pointed their firearms at a sleeping 19-month-old child who, of course, posed no immediate threat to the officers or others,” said the Jan.…

U.S. carbon emissions fall to lowest levels since 1994

Energy-saving technologies and a doubling in renewables led to the reduction in climate pollution, new figures show America’s carbon dioxide emissions last year fell to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a new report. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving…

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