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Zimmerman trial has yet to choose a single juror

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Seating an impartial jury in the Trayvon Martin Florida murder case may not be as problematic as many had initially feared, despite blanket media coverage that captivated the United States for much of 2012. As jury selection inched forward on Thursday in the…

LGBT people more accepted in America than ever before

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) – The vast majority of U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, according to a poll billed as the first-ever major survey of its kind in America. However, although 92 percent of…

Irish prime minister gets letters written in blood as bill seeks greater abortion access

Ireland published a draft new abortion bill on Thursday after Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he had received plastic foetuses and letters written in blood claiming he is a murderer. The parliamentary bill was published ahead of the release later in the day of a long-awaited report into why an…

FBI launches criminal investigation into Snowden’s actions

The United States has launched a criminal investigation and is taking “all necessary steps” to prosecute Edward Snowden for exposing secret US surveillance programs, the FBI director said Thursday. “We are taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these disclosures,” Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee, referring…

Sweden to ban bestiality which was previously legal for some reason

Sweden will next year introduce a total ban on bestiality, which until now has only been illegal if cruelty to the animal could be proven, the government said Thursday. “The government is now tightening the rules surrounding bestiality so there will be no doubt about the fact that it is…

Two-thirds of parents monitor children’s Facebook activity

Some two-thirds of American parents monitor their children’s Facebook activities, but a large percentage say they trust their youngsters to manage on their own, a study showed Thursday. The survey by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California found 70 percent of parents keep…

Study: Cheetah not only fastest animal, but has greatest acceleration

Cheetahs’ speed is only half the story, study finds (via The Christian Science Monitor) If the cheetah were a vehicle, it would have the acceleration of a Ferrari, the stopping distance of a Formula One racer, and the turning radius of a Toyota Yaris. Most people know that the cheetah…

Spielberg and Lucas predict Hollywood ‘implosion’ that will lead to ticket price hikes

Veteran directors warned students in US about difficulty of getting projects into cinemas, and suggested studio cautiousness could lead to hiked ticket prices Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have predicted a Hollywood “implosion” that could change the shape of the film industry forever and lead to dramatically hiked ticket prices for blockbuster…

Zadie Smith: Having more than one child doesn’t ruin your writing career

Smith, who has two children, pours scorn on suggestion that a small family is the secret to success as a writer The prize-winning authors Zadie Smith and Jane Smiley – both of whom have more than one child – have hit back at a suggestion from the journalist and author…

Judge accepts Obama administration reversal on making Plan B available without age restriction

By Karen Freifeld and Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday approved a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, a one-pill version of the emergency contraception drug. Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court in…

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