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Samurai sword-wielding homeowner kills armed robber in California

Two suspects armed with a handgun and an axe broke into a home in Fresno, California on Saturday morning, but one was killed by the samurai-wielding homeowner. ABC 30 reported the resident of the home was first tied up by 34-year-old Aaron Baeza and 30-year-old Christopher Rupe. But the resident…

Denmark wins Eurovision Song Contest

Denmark won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the Swedish city of Malmoe early Sunday with the song “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest. Denmark, widely tipped to win the annual music competition, took the honours ahead of the 25 other finalists in a glittering ceremony watched by millions of…

Researcher: Owning a gun for safety like hiding from lightning under a tree

In video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, Arthur Kellermann of the RAND Corporation said that keeping a gun in your home was a bad way to protect your family. “It’s natural to want to do everything you can to keep you family safe, especially if you live in a dangerous…

Gay and lesbian couples push for same-sex marriage in Venezuela

Gays and lesbians demonstrated in Venezuela’s capital Saturday to push for an end to discrimination and for civil rights such as same-sex marriage. “In some areas of the capital, two men cannot be seen holdings hands without security ushering them out,” said Cesar Sequera, who leads Diverse Venezuela, among marchers…

Right-wing radio host: I want to shoot Clinton right in the vagina

Fringe right-wing radio host Pete Santilli made disturbing comments about Hillary Clinton last week, calling for sexual violence against the former secretary of state because of her alleged involvement in a bizarre conspiracy theory. “Miss Hillary Clinton needs to be convicted, she needs to be tried, convicted and shot in…

Fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical…

Human tissue cloning could treat heart disease or Parkinson’s disease

Lorraine Barnes suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has lived with the consequences – extreme exhaustion and breathlessness – ever since. “I was separated from my husband and so my children, Charlotte and James, had to grow up overnight because suddenly they were caring for me,” she says. Charlotte…

Noam Chomsky: Obama was willing to start nuclear war to kill bin Laden

MIT professor Noam Chomsky criticized the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Friday, saying President Barack Obama could have provoked a nuclear war. “We were very close to war with Pakistan, which easily could have turned into a nuclear war, which could have destroyed all of us,” he…

Psychologists find being positioned above others buffers against effects of ostracization

Being physically above others can buffer against some of the negative psychological consequences of social exclusion, according to research published online May 16 in Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Our study investigated whether participants’ spatial position has an influence on their reactions to being ostracized,” Christiane Schoel of the University…

Democrat tears into GOP for politicizing IRS hearing and encouraging ‘pollution of our democracy’

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) on Friday blasted Republicans for attempting to use this week’s scandal at the IRS to attack and undermine Obamacare. At a House hearing, Doggett condemned the “outrageous and inexcusable” list used by IRS staff to flag tea party applications to become social welfare nonprofits for additional…

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