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County commissioner apologizes for ‘n*gger rigging’ remark

Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile in Kansas has apologized for using a racial epithet during a meeting on April 2. The Salina Journal reported that Gile later apologized for using the expression “n*gger-rigging it” while discussing a repair project. He claimed he actually intended to say the phrase “jury-rigged” but…

Teenage rape victim commits suicide after being bullied by peers

A teenage girl from Nova Scotia in Canada was driven to suicide after photos of an alleged sexual assault led to her being shunned and harassed by her peers. The 17-year-old girl, Rehtaeh Parsons, died Sunday in a hospital after attempting to hang herself. “Rehtaeh is gone today because of…

Jackie Chan’s plan to move ancient buildings to Singapore angers China

A plan by Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan to move ancient Chinese buildings to Singapore has sparked controversy in a nation already sensitive about losing its artifacts, state media said Tuesday. Beijing has pressured overseas auction houses to cancel the sale of antiques it says were looted during the…

Thatcher was trailblazer who said she ‘owed nothing’ to feminism

Margaret Thatcher once said she owed nothing to feminism, but the only woman ever to become British prime minister unwittingly cleared the way for other women to succeed in the male-dominated world of politics, observers said on Tuesday. In the impassioned debate sparked by her death on Monday, Thatcher’s role…

Canadian high school student improves experimental cancer treatment

A Canadian high school student has improved an ineffective experimental cancer therapy with a simple tweak — pairing it with antibiotics — earning accolades from a panel of eminent scientists on Tuesday. Cancer “photothermal therapy” — or PTT — involves injecting a patient with gold nanoparticles. These then accumulate in…

Nugent calls Obama ‘the Chicago gangster’ and asks NRA host to ‘help me shoot somebody’

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent on Monday insisted that he had just been using a metaphor when he called President Barack Obama “the Chicago gangster” and then asked a NRA television host to “help me shoot somebody.” In an interview on NRA News, host Cam Edwards explained that the president’s proposed…

Land desertification and drought causes up to $450 billion in lost farm output

Loss of land through desertification and drought costs up to five percent of world agricultural gross domestic product (AGDP), or some $450 billion (340 billion euros), every year, said a study presented at a UN conference Tuesday. Each year an area roughly three times the size of Switzerland is lost…

Alabama governor signs bill that may close state’s few remaining abortion clinics

Alabama on Tuesday became the latest state to tightly regulate facilities where abortions are performed, placing onerous new requirements on doctors that could force the state’s five remaining abortion clinics to shut down. “As a physician, and as a governor, I am proud to sign this legislation,” Governor Robert Bentley…

Google announces experimental superfast Internet service to be installed in Austin, Texas

Google announced Tuesday that its experimental superfast Internet service will spread to Austin, the Texas home of a South By Southwest festival beloved by technology trendsetters. Google Fiber should start connecting its so-called gigabit Internet to homes in Austin, the Texas state capital and a hotbed for Internet entrepreneurs, by…

South Africa creates offshore marine refuge

South Africa has turned two small islands in the southern Indian Ocean into its first offshore marine protected area, the environment ministry said Tuesday. The protected status for the windswept Prince Edward islands, lying 1,777 kilometres (1,104 miles) from the South African mainland, aims in part to help toothfish populations…

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