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Brazil tells John Kerry: NSA spying creates mistrust

Brazil warned US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that failure to resolve the row over Washington’s electronic spying could sow mistrust between the countries. Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told a press conference after talks with Kerry that revelations about the vast US global surveillance network posed a “new…

Georgia man arrested for beheading and stabbing puppies

A man in Cobb County, Georgia has been arrested for allegedly mutilating two puppies his neighbors gave him to watch. Robert Williams Davis, 38, was arrested just before midnight on Saturday after police officers found the dogs’ dead bodies in a wooded area behind his house. A 14-year-old neighbor of…

Virginia city’s rape policy was ‘Assume the victim is lying’ until last week

The city of Norfolk, Virginia only last week changed its official police policy away from assuming that victims of sexual assault are lying about what happened to them. According to Think Progress, Norfolk police classified all sexual assault claims as “unfounded” by default. The rules changed in the wake of…

Hospital technician pleads guilty to leaving dirty needles after feeding his painkiller addiction

BOSTON (Reuters) – A former hospital technician in New Hampshire who caused patients as old as 80 to become infected with hepatitis pleaded guilty to leaving dirty syringes for hospital use after he injected himself with stolen painkiller. The technician, David Kwiatkowski, had previously admitted to knowing that he was…

Newark, New Jersey introduces transparent ‘stop and frisk’ policy as alternative to New York City’s

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police in the city of Newark, New Jersey, have enacted new, highly transparent “stop and frisk” procedures that civil libertarians have called a model for the country and an alternative to the New York City policy rejected by a U.S. judge. New Jersey’s…

Federal court orders nuclear agency to decide on Nevada Yucca Mountain waste dump

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court said on Tuesday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission can no longer delay a decision on whether to issue a permit for the long-stalled nuclear waste project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. On a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of…

Utah man runs for mayorship of town he targeted in teen bomb plot

An 18-year-old Utah man who served time for a plot to bomb his high school is now running to be mayor of his town. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Joshua Kyler Hoggan will be on the ballot in the primary election against Roy, Utah city council member Willard…

‘Safe’ sugar levels in humans are toxic to mice

Sugar is toxic for mice in dosages that in humans would equal a “safe” diet that includes three cans of soda per day, scientists said Tuesday. Mice fed a diet in which sugar contributed a quarter of their daily calories did not become obese or ill, yet died younger and…

Plastic surgeon defends finder’s fee reward for a ‘size 0 or 2′ wife to CNN

The hosts of CNN’s New Day did their journalistic best to investigate a New York City plastic surgeon who has resurfaced after a New York Post report on his exacting dating specifications and the rewards for prospective matchmakers. “Genuinely, I want to get married,” Dr. Emil Chynn said in a…

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