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ACLU slams House Republicans for ‘shamefully’ passing 20-week abortion ban

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday blasted members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “A woman shouldn’t be denied basic health care or the ability to make the best decision for her family just because some members…

Journalist Michael Hastings dies in car crash

The journalist and author Michael Hastings died at the age of 33 on Tuesday morning. According to his employer BuzzFeed, Hastings was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles. “We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone,” Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief, said in a…

Three in Ohio accused of keeping disabled woman and her daughter in slavery

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Three Ohio residents are accused of holding an intellectually disabled woman and her daughter against their will and forcing the woman to perform physical labor for them, threatening her with snakes if she didn’t comply, authorities said on Tuesday. The trio, Jordie Callahan, Jessica…

Comprehensive immigration reform would cut deficit and boost economy: CBO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House-backed immigration bill moving through the U.S. Senate would cut federal budget deficits over the long term and provide an overall boost to the economy, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday. The CBO, the nonpartisan budget scorekeeper for Congress, estimated the legislation would reduce…

Winds on Venus have accelerated to 250 mph over the past six years

Already travelling at super-hurricane speeds, winds on Venus have accelerated by an astonishing one-third over the past six years, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported on Tuesday. Separate teams of astronomers analysed images from ESA’s Venus Express orbiter, monitoring cloud patterns on our closest neighbour. When Venus Express started operations…

Chrysler agrees to recall of 2.7 million Jeeps

Chrysler announced Tuesday that it would bow to the US safety regulator’s pressure to recall 2.7 million Jeep Liberties and Jeep Grand Cherokees over a fire risk. Two weeks after rejecting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recommendation for a recall, Chrysler said it would “conduct a voluntary campaign with…

Tesla Motors to unveil new method to quickly recharge electric cars

Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells. Tesla chief executive and founder Elon Musk used popular the messaging service Twitter to put out word that a “live pack swap demo” was taking place at the…

Google asks court for permission to publish government data requests

WASHINGTON — Google said Tuesday it asked a special US court handling national security investigations for permission to publish the number of government requests for data to the Internet giant. The court filing in Washington came amid a firestorm of protests over revelations that the National Security Agency had accessed…

Seattle woman quits ‘live on light’ diet because ‘message from universe’ told her to stop

Shine went for 47 days without food but says financial difficulties she’s enduring are ‘message from the universe that it is time to stop’ A Seattle woman is to abandon her controversial attempt to live on light on Wednesday after 47 days of surviving on water and tea. Naveena Shine,…

Photographer sues BuzzFeed for copyright violations and ‘subsequent infringements’

Website removed picture after initial complaint, but lawsuit alleges ‘direct and contributory infringement’.  A photographer who failed to see the funny side of a Buzzfeed post on “The 30 Funniest Header Faces” is suing the site for $3.6m (£2.3m) over claims it breached his copyright. The professional photographer, Kai Eiselein,…

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