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Michael Douglas pleased that oral sex story raised public awareness

Michael Douglas said he would win a Nobel prize if he knew exactly what caused his throat cancer, in fresh comments Tuesday after a dispute with a British newspaper over an interview he gave. The “Fatal Attraction” star, whose spokesman already denied he blamed his throat cancer specifically on oral…

Alaska Republicans elect ‘racist dentist’ as vice chairman

The Alaska Republican Party has elected a controversial figure as their new vice chairman. The political blog The Mudflats on Sunday reported that Dr. David Eichler was known derogatorily as the “racist dentist” because of controversial comments he made in 2006. As president of the Alaska Dental Society, Eichler claimed…

Catholic bishops declare victory after Illinois same-sex marriage bill stalls

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Monday applauded the Illinois House’s failure to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. “The fact that the Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill reflects a failure to have the votes to pass the bill,” said Archbishop Cordileone, the chairman…

Bradley Manning reportedly punched a female soldier, was ‘non-responsive’ at times

Witnesses in the trial of U.S. Army private Bradley Manning testified on Sunday that he once struck a female colleague, often exhibited strange behavior and regularly flouted of regulations within his unit, Politico reported on Tuesday. Capt. Casey Fulton said in court that she ordered Manning be stripped of his…

Fort Hood shooting suspect says he was defending Taliban

A US army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at a Texas military base said Tuesday he plans to mount a defense arguing he attacked soldiers in order to defend the Taliban. Major Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted, has asked to delay his upcoming court martial…

‘Extinct’ frog hasn’t croaked —it’s a ‘living fossil’

The first amphibian to have been declared extinct by the world’s conservation watchdog has been named a “living fossil” after it was rediscovered alive and well in northern Israel, researchers reported on Tuesday. In 1996, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put the Hula painted frog (Discoglossus nigriventer)…

Connecticut becomes first state to pass legislation requiring genetically modified (GM) food labeling

The small US state of Connecticut became the first to pass legislation requiring food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. But the law, passed on Monday, will not go into effect until a number of other states in the northeastern region where Connecticut is located follow…

Unusual study suggests saving corals requires battling deforestation first

Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combatting local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday. Sediment washed downriver by tree-depleted land can cripple near-shore corals, as it clouds the water and diminishes the light on…

Die Hard director John McTiernan ‘disintegrating’ in prison on 12-month jail sentence

Die Hard director John McTiernan serving 12-month jail sentence in complex case involving wiretaps and late-night phone calls He’s one of Hollywood’s most celebrated filmmakers, has worked with Sean Connery, Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson, and grossed hundreds of millions at the box office. And he is now serving…

Sweden sees boom in stay-at-home dads

At the Humlegaarden park in central Stockholm, Anders Weide keeps an eye on his young daughter Alma sleeping in her pram as he waits for a friend who’s gone to change his son’s diaper. In Sweden, the image surprises no one. “It’s very important to see fathers walking in town…

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