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Green labels scare conservatives away from energy efficient products

Conservatives are less likely to purchase products labelled as environmentally friendly, according to research published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “A popular strategy for marketing energy efficiency is to focus on its environmental benefits,” Dena Gromet of the University of Pennsylvania, the lead author…

U.S. commission accuses Western Europe of ‘very aggressive secularism’

A US panel criticized Western European countries Tuesday for “aggressive secularism” as it released a report on religious freedom that took aim at laws banning full-face veils in public. For the first time, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom — whose members are appointed by the government — included…

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis: study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery. In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants…

Ricin found in dojo of man charged with attempting to frame Elvis impersonator

Traces of ricin were found in the martial arts studio of a US man charged in a bizarre plot to send poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, the FBI said Tuesday. The letters were intercepted as the nation was still reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings,…

Obama slams Republicans for accusing him of exaggerating sequester effects

Barack Obama denounced Republicans on Tuesday for accusing him of exaggerating the potential effect of the sequester budget cuts and then panicking in the face of public outcry over air traffic delays. Speaking at a White House press conference to mark the first 100 days of his second term, Obama…

FDA approves morning-after pill for girls 15 and older without a prescription

The morning-after pill is to be made available over the counter to anyone in the US aged 15 and over, authorities announced on Tuesday. Days before a court-imposed deadline, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lowered the age limit for Plan B and said it that a prescription would no…

Maine calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

Maine on Tuesday joined twelve other states that have called on Congress to overturn the controversial Citizens United ruling, which unleashed an unprecedented level of political spending. “United States Supreme Court rulings, beginning with Buckley v. Valeo and continuing through Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and others, disproportionately elevate…

Muslims split on interpretation of sharia law and religious extremism

A majority of Muslims around the world want sharia law to be implemented in their countries but are split on how it should be applied, according to a study released Tuesday. The comprehensive Pew Research Center survey conducted between 2008 and 2012 focused on 38,000 people in 39 countries drawn…

John Kerry blasts politicized Benghazi misinformation

Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday denounced an “enormous amount of misinformation” about a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya amid a report four US officials are set to leak secrets. Questions about the September 11 assault on the US mission in Benghazi in which four Americans were…

Yahoo worker benefits to include gifts for babies, puppies, and kittens

New mom and Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer has added gifts for babies, puppies and kittens to employee perks as part of a campaign to bolster morale, the pioneering Internet firm confirmed on Tuesday. “We’ve been very focused on making Yahoo! the absolute best place to work,” a spokesman for the…

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