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No more beauty contests for kids: French Senate bans the ‘hyper-sexualization’ of children

The French senate has approved a proposal to ban beauty contests for girls under 16 to prevent what a parliamentary report called the “hyper-sexualisation” of children. The proposal was backed by 196 lawmakers on Tuesday evening and 146 opposed it. It will now become law after being passed in the…

Dozens of British universities join the online education revolution

Dozens of British universities began offering free online courses on Wednesday through a collective portal, joining a global trend started in the United States that opens higher education to the masses. They are initially offering 20 courses including causes of war from King’s College London, studio production from Queen’s University…

Police: S.C. woman stabbed roommate after he refused to turn off Eagles

Police arrested a South Carolina woman accused of stabbing her roommate over his music selection. According to WCIV-TV, 54-year-old Vernett Bader got into an argument with the victim Monday night after he refused to turn off The Eagles. The 64-year-old victim had been watching television with his brother and listening…

Starbucks CEO to gun rights advocates: ‘Guns are not a part of the Starbucks experience’

In an open letter released today, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that Starbucks will now “respectfully request” that gun owners not bring their guns into Starbucks, even in states where “open” or “concealed carry” is permitted. “We’re not pro-gun or anti-gun,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek, but he wanted to stop…

Yahoo Japan develops 3D search engine-printer

Yahoo Japan Corp. has developed a voice-activated Internet search that links to a 3D printer, letting users look online for blueprints to deliver solid objects in a few minutes, the company said. The search engine scours the Internet for information that it can use to print palm-sized renderings of items…

Penis-bite rugby player vows to fight ban

Bad boy Australian rugby league player Anthony Watts on Wednesday denied he bit an opponent on the penis and vowed to fight an eight-match ban. The 27-year-old was suspended last week by the Gold Coast Rugby League over claims he bit an opposition player in an incident that attracted global…

China’s second-richest man injured in ‘accidental’ knife attack

Multi-billionaire Zong Qinghou, China’s second richest man, was attacked and injured by a would-be job applicant wielding a knife, official media said Wednesday. Zong, China’s richest man until he was dethroned last week, is chairman of the country’s leading beverage producer Wahaha Group. Forbes magazine estimates his personal wealth at…

Colbert: Segregation ensues after Obama pits the .1 percent against the 1 percent

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert attacked the Obama administration’s attacks on society’s most vulnerable: the ridiculously wealthy. “We’re living in the People’s Republic of Obamastan. I would give all my fortune to the needy,” he said, “but I wouldn’t want to turn some poor person into a target.” “I’m afraid all…

U.S. ‘lower class’ booming even as poverty rate holds steady

US poverty rate steady at 15 percent, but ‘lower class’ is booming (via The Christian Science Monitor) A group of boys walk past a partially collapsed row house in Baltimore in April. According to new census data, the nation’s poverty rate stood still at 15 percent in 2012, the sixth…

U.S. woman sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski tells her story in memoir

The woman sexually assaulted by filmmaker Roman Polanski 36 years ago, when she was a girl of 13, has published her memoir, saying it was time to “take back ownership of my own story.” “The Girl: A Life Lived in the Shadow of Roman Polanski,” written by American Samantha Geimer,…

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