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Chinese hospital seeks virgins’ blood for medical research

A Chinese hospital’s request for blood from healthy female virgins for use in medical research has been condemned as insulting to women, state-run media reported Monday. The Peking University Cancer Hospital said it needed the blood of 100 female virgins aged from 18 to 24 years old for studies on…

Former CIA official describes the ‘difficult balance to strike’ in Syria negotiations

Mike Morell, after 33 years in the CIA, may have more experience briefing the president on classified intelligence than almost anyone. Morell retired from the CIA six days before the chemical weapons attack in Syria. Morell talked to 60 Minutes for a Sunday piece, “The Briefer,” describing what it’s like…

Colorado pot dispensaries fight the feds

“This is called Jack Frost, but it’s a triple A: alert, awake, and aware,” the “budtender” Carrie tells Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes. “If you needed to medicate in the a.m. before going to work, no one would ever be able to detect that you took any medicine, just as…

Outrage grows in Pakistan over rape of 5-year-old

AFP – Rights campaigners staged protest rallies across Pakistan on Sunday against the rape of a five-year-old girl in the eastern city of Lahore whose condition was now relatively stable. Police still have no clue who carried out the attack despite detaining several suspects and releasing most of them after…

Report: Half of Syrian rebels are hardline jihadists or Al-Qaeda operatives

AFP – Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to extracts from a British defence study published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. The analysis by defence consultancy IHS Jane’s, due to be published in full later this week,…

At least 350 people still missing in Colorado flooding; five dead

Emergency workers are undertaking a massive effort to rescue stranded residents of Colorado, where devastating flooding has left hundreds unaccounted for. Raging flood waters in the city of Boulder, already confirmed to have killed at least four people, apparently claimed the life of a fifth on Saturday — a 60-year-old…

Netflix uses pirate sites to gauge audience appetite

A comment by a Netflix executive in The Netherlands on a Dutch news site shed a bit of light on how the company figures out what content to acquire: they watch what’s being stolen. Netflix’ Vice President of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman told the Dutch technology news site Tweakers.net that…

Panera Bread founder lives on food stamps for a week

Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich usually doesn’t do his own shopping. But Saturday, the millionaire found himself looking for cheap groceries in Dorchester, Mass., a historically-poor neighborhood in Boston, he wrote in a LinkedIn post documenting a week of living on the equivalent of food stamps. “[W]hat began…

California raises minimum wage to $10 an hour

Millions of California workers can expect a little extra in their paychecks next year, after the state legislature raised the minimum wage Friday to $10 an hour, an increase to be phased in over three years. The minimum wage will increase in two separate increments of $1, first in July…

Update: Larry Summers withdraws his name from Fed chairman consideration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration as a nominee for the position of Federal Reserve Chairman today. Summers called President Obama on Sunday to withdraw his name. “I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve…

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