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Elian Gonzalez blames U.S. law for childhood ordeal

Elian Gonzalez, who at age six sparked an international custody battle that ended in his dramatic return to Cuba, blamed a US law for his mother’s death in an interview posted Monday. In November 1999, Gonzalez was plucked from the sea off Florida’s coast after an overcrowded motorboat capsized en…

Scientist proposes ‘SETI Lottery Bond’ to fund search for extraterrestrial life

In an article for the Journal of British Interplanetary Studies, Jacob Haqq-Misra proposes to fund the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) project by issuing a bond that pays out when proof of intelligent life on other planets is discovered. The proposed bond is a “lottery bond,” meaning that it will…

Researchers find being exposed to fast food symbols makes it harder to appreciate everyday joys

Success, in the Western world, means “gaining time,” according to French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard. The faster we do things — work, eat, sleep, read — the more time we “gain.” But this focus on time efficiency could be making the small things in life harder to enjoy. A trio of…

UN climate chief: Coal power has ‘an unacceptably high cost to human and environmental health’

The United Nations’ climate chief urged the coal industry on Monday to make dramatic changes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions amid protests at a coal summit held on the sidelines of global climate talks. As environmental activists clamoured outside the meeting venue, the UN’s Christiana Figueres told the summit…

Toronto crack mayor could lose more powers in council vote

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could see even more of his powers stripped Monday as the city council considers further sanctions against him following admissions of crack cocaine smoking and binge drinking. An overwhelming majority of councillors voted last week to curb his official duties and authority in Canada’s largest…

Racist graffiti on 13-year-old football player’s home being investigated as hate crime

School officials in Lunenburg, Massachusetts have postponed football games until the people responsible for hateful words — “Knights don’t need n*****r” — spray-painted on the home of a biracial football player are discovered. The message — which is now being investigated by local police and the FBI as a hate…

NASA Mars spacecraft to search for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere

NASA is preparing to launch its latest orbiter to Mars Monday on the hunt for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere. The launch of Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), could happen as early as 1:28 pm (1828 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during a…

Muslim woman alleges co-workers at New York City’s The New School used racist slurs towards her, files lawsuit

A Clifton Muslim woman filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging her co-workers at The New School in Manhattan routinely used racist slurs towards her forcing her to quit her job. Jamilah Moudiab, who quit her job as an international…  …

Russia will keep Greenpeace activist in pre-trial jail until February 24, 2014

A court in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg extended the pre-trial detention of one of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested for an Arctic protest for three months until February 24. Colin Russell, an Australian citizen, was the first of the 30 detained activists to have his case heard and…

Israel has been ‘holding suspected Al-Qaeda activist since 2010′ without trial

Israel has been secretly holding a suspected Al-Qaeda activist without trial for more than three years, legal documents showed on Monday after the suspect petitioned a court for his release. According to court documents seen by AFP, the Israeli security establishment told the high court ahead of a Monday hearing…

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