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Health care expert-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter on ALEC’s attempts to thwart Obamacare

As part of our ongoing focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, we checked in with health insurance executive turned industry whistleblower Wendell Potter to learn about ALEC’s efforts to influence the health care debate and undermine…  …

Llamas and goats keep grass cut at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

Chicago’s bustling O’Hare airport has hired a new crew to keep the grass cut: a herd of goats, sheep, donkeys and llamas. Yes, llamas. The llamas help protect the sheep and miniature goats from coyotes that roam the wooded areas near one of the world’s busiest airports. The donkeys are…

Russian law sends LGBT families running and hiding

Maria and Alexandra vaguely considered leaving Russia for several years, but it was not until this year’s anti-gay legislation that they started to gather paperwork. The quiet, academic lesbian couple, who live with a seven-year-old daughter in the outskirts of Moscow, have now lost hope that Russia is moving in…

World’s first study tracks dwarf minke whales

Dwarf minke whales have been tagged and tracked in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in a world-first pilot study which hopes to solve the mystery of where they spend the summer. Scientists at James Cook University in Queensland state are taking part in the project, also involving researchers from Alaska, which…

New Zealand woman drives for 190 miles asleep at the wheel

A New Zealand woman drove for hundreds of kilometres (miles) while asleep at the wheel, sending texts from her mobile phone along the way, police said Wednesday. Police said they received an emergency call just after midnight Wednesday from a friend concerned the woman had gone out in her car…

Cat DNA database created to help solve crimes

Forensic scientists are set to publish Britain’s first database of cat DNA so that it can be used for solving crimes, the University of Leicester said on Wednesday. The database containing 152 samples was originally created to help in a murder investigation of a Hampshire man. Cat hairs found on…

Indian sailors die after being trapped in explosion and fire on submarine

By Kaustubh Kulkarni MUMBAI (Reuters) – Eighteen Indian sailors were trapped and some were killed after an explosion and fire on a diesel-powered submarine berthed at a base in Mumbai on Wednesday, souring a week of naval milestones, including the launch of a locally built aircraft carrier. Defense Minister A.K.…

Former ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss accused of growing marijuana

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) – Heidi Fleiss, nicknamed the “Hollywood Madam” in the 1990s after she was accused of running a high-priced Southern California call-girl ring, may face charges after 392 pot plants were found at her Nevada desert home, a county sheriff said on Tuesday. Deputies who went to…

John Oliver: ‘Stop and frisk’ like catch and release fishing — but all the fish are brown

Tuesday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver ripped into New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, which allows police officers to detain and search anyone they suspect of a crime. Oliver noted the vast amount of people subjected to stop-and-frisks were black or Hispanic. Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams —…

New shark species discovered near South Carolina

A known type of hammerhead shark has been discovered to be a distinct species. It was assumed for many years that the hammerheads in South Carolina waters at  Bull’s Bay north of Charleston,  St. Helena Sound near Beaufort and in the Charleston…  …

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