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Students say ‘poopetrator’ behind Yale laundry room soilings

Police are trying to determine who has been defecating into students’ laundry at a Yale University residence hall. Investigators aren’t sure who relieved themselves at least twice in a laundry room at Saybrook College, one of the university’s 12 residential colleges, but students have dubbed the culprit the “poopetrator.” One…

Progressive Caucus worried Social Security cuts will be part of government shutdown deal

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Thursday warned that cuts to Social Security could be put on the table as part of an eventual deal to end the government shutdown. “Social Security is a promise we must keep. The money our grandmothers, grandfathers, widows and children rely on should not be…

Drug Policy Alliance: Why isn’t the DEA shut down?

In an email to supporters sent Friday, the Drug Policy Alliance questioned why the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was considered essential during the government shutdown. “The government shutdown has closed our national parks and furloughed almost a million federal employees, but the Drug Enforcement Administration remains ‘essential’ enough to carry…

WATCH: Could tiny charged water droplets lower your electric bill?

The activities of bantam water droplets in just one region of a power plant could make a significant difference in the output of power plants, scientists say. A team of MIT researchers report this week that water droplets that “jump” from a water…  …

New York to boost young girls’ self-esteem with ‘body-beautiful’ campaign

In a city plastered with images of stick-thin models, New York is waging a new campaign to boost self-esteem among girls as young as seven. Adult women the world over struggle with poor body image, but a publicly funded body-beautiful campaign is trying to tackle the problem, targeting girls as…

Vietnam independence hero who defeated American and French armies General Giap dead at 102

Vietnam’s legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose guerrilla tactics defeated the French and American armies, died Friday at the age of 102, prompting an outpouring of tributes for the independence hero “I can confirm that General Giap died at 6:08 pm (1108 GMT) today,” a government source told AFP on…

‘Wicked’ mother Amanda Hutton gets 15 years over insect-infested ‘mummified’ four-year-old son

A mother who starved her four-year-old son to death — and whose body was discovered two years later in a mummified state in his cot — was jailed for 15 years on Friday. Amanda Hutton, a 43-year-old alcoholic, was told her conduct had been “wicked” as she was sentenced at…

Tropical Storm Karen targets U.S. Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Karen churned toward the US Gulf Coast Friday, with forecasters warning of weekend flooding and heavy rainfall in several states, including Louisiana and Florida. As the system swirled about 250 miles (405 kilometers) south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, authorities urged residents to stock up on…

Japan nuclear regulator berates Fukushima operator

Japan’s atomic watchdog summoned the boss of Fukushima operator TEPCO on Friday for a public dressing-down over sloppy standards at the crippled nuclear plant, as yet another problem with radiation-polluted water emerged. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) called in Tokyo Electric Power Co president Naomi Hirose and other executives over…

Pope Francis calls on the Church to divest itself of ‘worldliness’

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint’s Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture…

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