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Pentagon announces new measures to combat sexual assault in the military

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday unveiled steps to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces by increasing protection for victims, beefing up oversight of investigations, and making responses to such crimes more consistent across the military. “Sexual assault is a stain on the…

Ohio lawmakers to revisit anti-choice ‘heartbeat bill’ next session

Several Ohio lawmakers announced their plan to reintroduce the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” to ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected. State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann planned a Thursday press conference to announce the revival of the bill, which passed the GOP-led House but failed in the Senate after its…

Chinese zoo exposed as trying to pass of dog as ‘African lion’ when it started barking

BEIJING — A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking. The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. It…

What women hear when New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks

On September 10, 2013, registered Democrats in New York City — many of them women — will head to the polls to determine their party’s candidate for mayor (and, mostly likely, the next mayor of New York City, given its demographics). And it is for that reason, nominally, that former…

Indiana police threaten to Taser black firefighter in the face for waving at them

A police department in Indiana has launched an internal investigation after a firefighter said he was thrown to the ground and threatened with a Taser for waving at several officers, who thought he was flipping them off. Evansville firefighter George Madison Jr. told the Evansville Courier & Press that he…

Rockefeller impersonator gets maximum sentence of 27 years for murder in California

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A German-born con man who posed for years as a member of America’s wealthy Rockefeller family was sentenced on Thursday to a prison term of 27 years to life for slaying the son of his Los Angeles-area landlady and burying his dismembered remains…

Study: Women who use ‘pull out’ birth control method at greater risk of unintended pregnancy

By Veronica Hackethal, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many young women use the “pull-out method” for birth control, and they tend to have more unintended pregnancies than other women, a new study suggests. Researchers compiling surveys from more than 2,000 women ages 15 to 24 found 31 percent had…

Washington Post claims its website was hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Washington Post said Thursday its website was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, becoming the latest media organization victimized by the group that backs strongman Bashar al-Assad. A note to readers said the Post website “was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of…

California Representative believes ‘for a criminal practice, there has to be a gun’

On Tuesday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) informed constituents at a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills that all crime require the presence of a firearm. Responding to a question about his position on “Wall Street criminal practices,” McClintock said “for a criminal practice, there has to be a gun.…

Ex-Washington Post ombudsman to Jeff Bezos: First, fire Jennifer Rubin

Former Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton penned a column for the Washington City Paper on Thursday in which he offered Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a few pieces of advice pertaining to Bezos’ purchase of the Post last month. Pexton dispenses a few sage bits of advice that one would offer…

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