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52-year-old mom poses as teen daughter to cheat for her English exam

Police question 52-year-old who reportedly sneaked into Paris exam centre to sit three-hour English Baccalauréat test With the Baccalauréat exam season under way in France amid endless media reports on stress, cheating and unbearable pressure, one mother who seemingly wanted to ensure the best result for her child has been…

E.W. Jackson: Government programs worse than slavery for black families

E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said on Wednesday that government programs were worse that slavery for black family because they were “trying to solve problems that only God can solve.” “I am a direct descendant of slaves,” Jackson told a crowd at a Juneteenth event in Newport…

Smog crisis creates ‘apocalyptic’ conditions in Singapore

Fast-food deliveries have been cancelled, the army has suspended field training and even Singapore’s top marathon runner has retreated as residents try to protect themselves from the smog that has descended on the city-state. In Singapore’s worst environmental crisis in more than a decade, the skyscrapers lining the Marina Bay…

Colbert pays heartfelt tribute to recently-deceased mother Lorna

In a touching tribute to his late mother, Lorna Colbert, on Wednesday night Stephen Colbert dedicated the opening segment of “The Colbert Report” to remembering her and saying goodbye. “I’ve been away from the ‘Report’ for a week,” Colbert said, “because one week ago today, my mother, Lorna Tuck Colbert,…

French firefighters test hypnosis to help victims

 “Look me straight in the eye. Your mind is emptying, your body is relaxing,” says the fireman, using the calming words of hypnosis to help a trauma victim — a technique being pioneered by fire crews in the eastern French region of Alsace. At the Haguenau fire station, 120 firefighters…

French privacy rights group tells Google to change policy

By Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) – France’s data protection watchdog ordered Google on Thursday to change its privacy policy or face fines, leading a Europe-wide push to get the Internet giant to clarify its intentions and methods for collecting user data. France’s regulator, the CNIL, said Google’s privacy policy violated…

New U.S. climate strategy coming within weeks: Obama adviser

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will target carbon emissions from power plants as part of a second-term climate change agenda expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks, his top energy and climate adviser said on Wednesday. Obama will take several steps to make tackling climate…

Head of revived watchdog group pledges open look at U.S. surveillance

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a newly revived federal privacy oversight board pledged on Wednesday to be “as transparent and public as possible” as the board reviews recently exposed U.S. government secret surveillance programs. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which has been largely dormant…

North Carolina governor signs law aimed at restarting executions

By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - North Carolina‘s governor, hoping to resume executions in his state, on Wednesday signed the repeal of a law that has allowed death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence if they could prove racial bias affected their punishment. The Racial Justice Act, the only law…

Lawyers for accused Colorado gunman barred from psychiatric exam

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 moviegoers in a Colorado theater last year, cannot be present during his court-ordered psychiatric examination, the judge in the murder case ruled on Wednesday. Arapahoe County District judge Carlos Samour Jr. rejected a motion by…

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