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Rockefeller impersonator gets maximum sentence of 27 years for murder in California

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A German-born con man who posed for years as a member of America’s wealthy Rockefeller family was sentenced on Thursday to a prison term of 27 years to life for slaying the son of his Los Angeles-area landlady and burying his dismembered remains…

Study: Women who use ‘pull out’ birth control method at greater risk of unintended pregnancy

By Veronica Hackethal, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many young women use the “pull-out method” for birth control, and they tend to have more unintended pregnancies than other women, a new study suggests. Researchers compiling surveys from more than 2,000 women ages 15 to 24 found 31 percent had…

Washington Post claims its website was hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Washington Post said Thursday its website was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, becoming the latest media organization victimized by the group that backs strongman Bashar al-Assad. A note to readers said the Post website “was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of…

California Representative believes ‘for a criminal practice, there has to be a gun’

On Tuesday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) informed constituents at a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills that all crime require the presence of a firearm. Responding to a question about his position on “Wall Street criminal practices,” McClintock said “for a criminal practice, there has to be a gun.…

New York prisons skirt bans on solitary confinement for mentally ill by reclassifying prisoners’ mental status

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica This story was co-produced with WNYC. When Amir Hall entered New York state prison for a parole violation in November 2009, he came with a long list of psychological problems. Hall arrived at the prison from a state psychiatric hospital, after he had tried to suffocate…

Russian pole vault legend: Gay Olympians should face charges if they ‘propagandize homosexuality’

Russian pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva said Thursday she was against a boycott of next February’s Sochi Olympics over a controversial law banning gay “propaganda” for minors. The 31-year-old – who gave the World Athletics Championships in Moscow the spark it needed on Tuesday when she won her third world…

Muslim Brotherhood supporters to intensify protests against ‘military tyranny’ in Egypt

Supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo on Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of mutilated bodies piled in a Cairo mosque a day after they were shot dead by the security forces. Egypt’s government says 525 people were killed and thousands wounded…

German court rules in favor of artist’s free speech rights in Nazi mockery case

On Wednesday, a German court acquitted artist Jonathan Meese, who had been accused of twice using the Nazi salute at a forum on “megalomania in the art world” last year. The prosecution had asserted that, during his presentation at the University of Kassel, Meese violated Section 86a of the German…

Obama cancels military training exercises with Egypt over violence

CHILMARK, Massachusetts (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke out on Thursday against the violence in Egypt, condemning a military crackdown there and saying the United States had canceled joint military exercises scheduled for next month. “The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim…

Rick Santorum accused of soliciting illegal campaign contributions

Rick Santorum, who in January of 2012 opposed legislation to repeal the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on the grounds that it would be “horrible,” today finds himself accused of soliciting and accepting a campaign contribution whose questionable legality is a product of that very decision. The Court’s decision allowed…

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