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Nepal court orders passport change for transgender citizens

Nepal’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to alter passports so that transgenders no longer have to describe themselves as male or female, a court spokesman said, a move welcomed by rights activists. The court made the decision on Monday following a petition from a transgender who wanted a third…

Watch: Scientists in Singapore demonstrate ‘invisibility cloak’ that makes cat and fish vanish

Scientists in Singapore demonstrate new light-bending technology that could have applications in security, entertainment and surveillance Scientists have shown off their latest “invisibility cloak” by making a pet goldfish and a small cat vanish from plain sight. The device is crude and unlikely to pass muster with the pupils of…

Organic growers lose decision in suit versus Monsanto over seeds

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers’ efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops. The U.S. Court…

Bermuda Triangle doesn’t make the cut on list of world’s most dangerous oceans

Fishing was prohibited indefinitely along a 500 kilometer (310 mile) stretch of the northwestern Spanish coastline after the stricken Bahamas-flagged tanker Prestige sank that month…  …

‘Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe’ doughnut on the menu at San Diego County Fair

Krispy Kreme has denied any involvement with the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe, currently being sold at the San Diego County Fair. (PRNewsFoto/Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation/File) Krispy Kreme let National Doughnut Day pass it by this year. Arch rival Dunkin Donuts grabbed all the headlines with its national…  …

Woman injured in Fort Sam Houston Army Base shooting

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A woman was injured and her suspected shooter was arrested on Monday in what appeared to be an argument at the Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, Texas, authorities said. Army officials say the base was on lockdown for one hour…

Santa Monica gunman was placed under ‘psychiatric hold’ in 2006

By Steve Gorman and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California gunman who killed five people in a rampage through Santa Monica last week before he was slain by police spent at least three days as a teenager in the psychiatric unit of a hospital, police said on Monday.…

California governor and lawmakers reach deal on budget surplus

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and top Democrats in the legislature have agreed to a state budget deal that gives them some increased spending in exchange for accepting his more cautious revenue outlook, a lawmaker involved in budget talks said on Monday. The state Assembly and Senate…

Senator: U.S. authorities are vigorously pursuing Edward Snowden

The whereabouts of whistleblower Edward Snowden were shrouded in mystery as US lawmakers demanded his immediate extradition from Hong Kong over his sensational leaking of a National Security Agency Internet surveillance program. Snowden, a 29-year-old technology expert working for a private firm subcontracted to the NSA, checked out of his…

Majority of Americans support NSA telephone surveillance program

A solid majority of Americans support the US government’s programs tracking telephone records to try to uncover terror, a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll found Monday. Despite US intelligence concerns raised by contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of the government’s monitoring of private users’ Web traffic and US citizens’ phone records,…

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