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Nigerian engineering graduate student ‘proves’ gay marriage is wrong because … magnets.

The standards for grants in Nigeria university system might be … questionable … given the claims of a graduate student in one of Nigeria’s largest daily newspapers. This Day’s online site published a lengthy story about the supposed academic exploits of Chibuihem Amalaha, a chemical engineering graduate student claiming to…

BP again fighting $11 billion fine from Gulf oil spill in court

BP’s lawyers will fight attempts to fine the oil giant up to $18 billion (£11.1bn) over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, when a new trial opens in New Orleans on Monday. The latest legal battle revolves around the company’s efforts to cap its runaway well, and the amount of oil…

Immigration activists will attempt to cross back into US from Mexico

At 1 p.m. Monday, Rocio Hernandez Perez and 29 other young people will walk in a convoy across the bridge over the Rio Bravo and head for the Nuevo Laredo border crossing between Mexico and the US. Dressed uniformly in graduation caps and gowns in the style of American students,…

Bill Clinton on the shutdown: ‘There are times when you have to call people’s bluff’

Bill Clinton has some advice for Democrats and President Obama, learned during his own experience with government shutdowns. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC, Clinton called the actions of the House Republicans “spiteful” and that they are “begging America to fail,” adding that “I think there are times when you…

Two arrested over shoe flung at Iran’s Rouhani

Two people were arrested following the protests that greeted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s return from the United States after his landmark phone call with President Barack Obama, media reported Sunday. Dozens of young Islamists had gathered at Tehran airport to vent their frustration after the moderate president spoke to his…

Hunger-striking jailed Pussy Riot member moved to hospital

Jailed hunger-striking Pussy Riot punk band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is refusing food in protest over what she has called murder threats and “slave labour conditions,” was on Sunday moved to a hospital, an official said. An officer on duty at the hospital No 21 in the village of Barashevo…

Police charge ‘ambush marketer for escort website’ for intruding on Berlin marathon

Police have charged a man with trespassing at Sunday’s Berlin marathon after breaking the finish-tape ahead of winner and new world-record holder Wilson Kipsang. As Kenya’s Kipsang, 31, approached the finish in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, for a new world record of 2 hrs 3 mins and 23…

Dallas County Police to execute warrants in 15-ton-vehicle capable of withstanding ‘nuclear environment’

Earlier this month, Dallas County sheriff’s deputies drove to Fort Hood to pick up their department’s new purchase: a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored personnel carrier. The particular MRAP purchased by the Dallas County sheriff’s office has never been deployed in an actual combat zone, but in a memo deputies…

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul on SNL: ‘Because there wasn’t Obamacare, he started cooking meth.’

The cold open of last night’s Saturday Night Live featured “President Obama speaking in support of the Affordable Care Act.” The skit consisted of the president bringing “ordinary Americans” onstage to tell the crowd how Obamacare will effect their lives. The first speaker, a woman, said that she’s “psyched for…

Algae farm-in-a-balloon could silence algae biofuel naysayers

A company called Proterro has come up with a super low cost way to squeeze sucrose out of algae, and if their new pilot scale facility shakes out successfully don’t be surprised to hear the sound of garment rending and teeth gnashing from the algae…  …

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