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Collins hopes other gay professional athletes will come out

Basketball center Jason Collins said in an interview broadcast Tuesday he’s never been happier after his ground-breaking announcement that he is gay, and hopes other pro athletes will now come out, too. Collins told ABC television that coming out lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and that he had…

Researchers to recreate world’s first website after 20 years

The world’s first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and restored for today’s Internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate 20 years of the Web, organisers said on Tuesday. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had begun recreating the website that launched that…

French presidential wines to be auctioned off

Wines from the French presidential cellar will be auctioned off in Paris next month with 1,200 bottles on offer, auctioneers Drouot said on Tuesday. The estimated value of the various wines up for auction ranges from a modest 15 euros to 2,200 euros ($2,800) for a Petrus 1990, Drouot said…

Is coastal elitism behind the rise of redneck TV?

How entertaining is it really to watch Southerners tackle alligators, catch critters with their bare hands, hunt ducks, and ride four-wheelers around in the mud? According to the Nielsen TV ratings, very entertaining. As the popular “Duck Dynasty” (A&E) wrapped…  …

Plants help curb global warming by releasing particles that reflect sunlight back into space: study

It’s well known that plants can help mitigate global warming, by absorbing carbon dioxide and trapping it, via…  …

Virgin Galactic tourist spaceship breaks sound barrier

Virgin Galactic’s passenger spaceplane, which is designed to take tourists to the edge of space, flew its first rocket-powered test flight, breaking the sound barrier at high altitude. SpaceShipTwo ignited its engine Monday after being released by WhiteKnightTwo, a plane that carried it to 47,000 feet (14,000 meters) above California’s…

Brazilian priest excommunicated over support for LGBT community

A Catholic priest in southeastern Brazil was excommunicated on Monday after publicly resigning from his duties to protest against the church’s opposition to homosexuality. “Father Roberto Francisco Daniel can no longer celebrate the divine rite because he has been excommunicated,” a statement from the Bauru diocese in Sao Paulo state…

Four-year-old Indian girl dies after rape

A four-year-old Indian girl has died in hospital nearly two weeks after she was raped and found unconscious at a farm, hospital staff and reports said. The girl had been taken by air ambulance from central Madhya Pradesh state to the Care Hospital in Nagpur city on April 20, where…

BP says Q1 net profits triple to $16.86 billion despite falling output

British energy giant BP said Tuesday that net profits almost tripled in the first quarter of 2013, boosted by the sale of its stake in Russian joint venture TNK-BP, despite falling oil and gas output. Earnings after taxation surged to $16.86 billion (12.87 billion euros) in the three months to…

Obama urged to address drug war related human rights violations during visit to Mexico

US President Barack Obama should address human rights violations related to Mexico’s Washington-backed war on drugs when he visits the country this week, Human Rights Watch urged. Obama is slated to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December and inherited a drug war that had killed…

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