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BYU-Idaho warns its young men against masturbation in earnest war-themed video

A motivational video released by Brigham Young University–Idaho has garnered attention online for urging students to identify friends they think are masturbating too much to religious officials, and comparing the gesture to rescuing a fellow soldier during war. “If you need to, talk to your bishop,” school president Kim B.…

Dissident Cuban blogger plans to launch digital paper

Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez said she plans to launch a digital newspaper in her homeland later this year, hoping it will strike a blow for press freedom on the Communist island. The prominent critic of Cuba’s rulers, famed for her “Generacion Y” blog, said she wanted her new project…

Democrats scramble to retain Senate majority in 2014 midterms

With Republicans expected to retain control of the US House in 2014, strategists warn Democrats must scramble to preserve their Senate majority — or risk a miserable finale to Barack Obama’s presidency. An incumbent American president’s party historically fairs poorly at the ballot box in the middle of his second…

Arizona couple accuses polygamist church of cutting them off from utilities

An Arizona couple is suing officials in two cities for allegedly cutting them off from basic utilities under orders of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), KUTV-TV reported on Friday. Ron and Jinjer Cooke’s suit claims that they have been denied running water and…

North Carolina high school’s ‘Blue Devils’ to no longer be baptized by their head coach

The head football coach for the Mooresville High School Blue Devils in North Carolina has been ordered to stop baptizing his players as well as leading them in prayer according to the Charlotte Observer. “It is a violation of the Constitution for the Mooresville High School football coach to organize,…

Sen. Robert Menendez setting up defense fund after spending $400K in legal fees

Robert Menendez has spent more than $400K in legal fees amid inquiries (via NJ.com) TRENTON — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, facing inquiries by both the Senate ethics committee and the Justice Department over his ties to a wealthy Florida donor, has so far spent more than $400,000 on legal fees,…

Next Iran nuclear talks set for Feb. 18 in Vienna

World powers will hold their next talks on Tehran’s contested nuclear programme February 18, top Iranian and European Union diplomats agreed during Friday talks. In an initial accord in November, Iran agreed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United…

Washington D.C. residents heartbroken after bus hits beloved snowy owl

A majestic snowy owl that has in recent days captured the hearts of Washington, a city obsessed with its zoo’s giant panda cub, was being treated after a bus apparently hit it this week. The large bird that has gained something of a cult following after perching atop landings and…

FDA investigating heart risks for patients undergoing testosterone therapy

US federal regulators said Friday they were investigating products containing testosterone after recent studies suggested a higher risk of strokes and heart attacks in men being treated with the hormone. The Food and Drug Administration stressed, however, that it has “not concluded that FDA-approved testosterone treatment increases the risk of…

Prince Charles: Climate change sceptics are ‘headless chickens’

Charles uses green awards speech at Buckingham Palace to renew attack on ‘powerful groups of deniers’ The Prince of Wales has launched an attack on climate change sceptics, describing them as the “headless chicken brigade” and accusing “powerful groups of deniers” of engaging in intimidation. Charles, who has long campaigned…

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