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WATCH LIVE: Protests continue in Ferguson despite rainy weather conditions

Demonstrations appeared to be continuing in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night despite rainfall pelting the area. Argus Radio, which has been livestreaming protests for most of the past week, reported that demonstrators were taking shelter under storefront awnings during the evening. Buzzfeed posted a picture of the storm as it…

Georgia aquarium sues federal officials in bid to import 18 beluga whales from Russia

By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries service in September for the right to acquire…

Pakistani lawmakers meet with protestors pushing to force PM Sharif from office

Islamabad (AFP) – Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with the sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have…

New York man awarded $10 million after being wrongfully convicted of killing a rabbi

New York (AFP) – A New York man was awarded $10 million after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, his lawyer said. Jabbar Collins, now 42, was convicted and sent to prison for the February 1994 murder of Abraham Pollack, an Orthodox rabbi who…

California bill would require listing of parental rights for sperm donors and surrogates

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill aimed at protecting the parental and adoptive rights of non-traditional families in California was sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday in an effort to close gaps in a state law that have led to at least one high-profile legal case.…

FBI tells healthcare companies that ‘malicious’ hackers are looking to steal their data

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems Inc that resulted in the theft of millions of patient records. “The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting…

Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Virginia

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented gay marriage in Virginia from going into effect by blocking an appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban. The court granted a stay application filed by gay marriage opponents who said a July 28 ruling…

Hot and getting hotter: See how urban heat islands are cooking US cities

Originally published at Climate Central Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse. In the future, this combination of urbanization and climate change could raise urban temperatures to levels that threaten human health, strain energy resources, and compromise…

‘Touching therapy’ psychologist charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania

(Reuters) – A Pennsylvania psychologist was arrested on charges of sexual assault for treating patients with a special brand of “touching therapy” he practiced, the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Dr. Richard Lenhart, 53, of State College, Pennsylvania, sexually assaulted two female patients at his private practice under the…

Obama vows to be relentless with Islamic State after beheading of James Foley

By Steve Holland and Elizabeth Barber EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed that the United States will not be swayed from airstrikes against Islamic State after the group beheaded an American journalist, an act he said is proof that the militants stand for no religion. Obama’s…

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