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11-year-old girl pregnant after months of ‘continuous’ sexual abuse

An 11-year-old girl in Houston is about to give birth following months of sexual abuse, according to police, who said it was one of the most heinous crimes they’ve seen. “This case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Sara Marie Kinney, public relations director for the…

New feminist group trains female activists in violent, naked protest techniques

Known for its topless protesters, Femen is a worldwide movement against patriarchy. But are the activists’ breasts obscuring the message? One day last summer, Inna Shevchenko went into a forest outside Kiev, to learn how to use a chainsaw. The lumberjacks who were instructing her couldn’t work out why she…

Turkish prime minister says speech calling Zionism ‘a crime against humanity’ was misunderstood

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published Wednesday that his controversial comments branding Zionism a crime against humanity had been misunderstood. Erdogan, who has often attacked Israeli policies, triggered a storm of protest about his comments on Zionism at a UN forum in Vienna last month. “I…

WATCH LIVE: Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates debate on ‘nothingness’

At the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates a debate between prominent scientists and thinkers regarding the existence of nothing. Watch live video below: (Event starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.) Streaming Live by Ustream…

Medical marijuana bill approved by New Hampshire House

New Hampshire is one step closer to becoming the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. On Wednesday, the state House voted 286-64 to approve legislation that would allow patients with chronic or terminal diseases to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommended it. The bill allows for state-licensed marijuana dispensaries…

Chipotle pulls Utah Boy Scouts sponsorship over gay ban

Chipotle Mexican Grill has withdrawn its support of a Boy Scouts event in Utah due to the organization’s ban on gay members. “We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that…

U.K. police hope to sniff out pot growers with marijuana-scented cards

Thousand of houses in the United Kingdom are being sent marijuana-scented “scratch and sniff” cards in a new bid to track down marijuana growers. In a press release, the charity group Crimestoppers explained the cards were designed to educate residents about the smell of marijuana. They hope once people can…

Scientists claim to have built hologram-projecting cell phone

Fancy watching a movie on your mobile phone, where figures leap out from the screen in 3D, rather as Princess Leia did in that scene from “Star Wars”? That’s the claim made by US researchers, who on Wednesday reported they had made a display which gives a three-dimensional image that…

Jimmy Fallon to replace Leno as NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ moves to New York

NBC has committed to moving The Tonight Show to New York and replacing longtime host Jay Leno with current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the network had not decided on an exact timetable to move back from Burbank, California to the city…

Former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan quits TV to run organic hydroponic farm

Former MSNBC host and author of the book Greedy Bastards Dylan Ratigan has announced that after leaving his show in June of 2012, he has re-launched his life as an organic, hydroponic farmer. In an open letter on his website DylanRatigan.com, Ratigan proclaimed that his life changed direction when he…

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