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Google teams with Apple chairman to launch ‘health and well-being’ company

Google announced Wednesday it was launching a new company focused on health and well-being, and hinted at cooperation with longtime rival Apple in the venture. A Google statement said the company called Calico “will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.” Arthur Levinson,…

Same-sex marriage ban needed to ‘regulate sexual relationships,’ Mich. officials say

Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is necessary to “regulate sexual relationships,” argued attorneys representing the state and its Republican governor. The ban is needed to encourage population growth, attorneys argued in a brief opposing a motion filed by a couple who have challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage.…

In surprise move, Federal Reserve to continue bond-buying program

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left its $85 billion a month stimulus program in place, against broad expectations that it would reduce it as the economy grows. Fed policy makers instead cut their growth forecast for this year and next, suggesting the economy is feeling the impact of government spending…

Photo of bullied dead teen used to advertise dating website

Parents of a Canadian girl who killed herself after months of cyberbullying following a rape were sickened on Wednesday that her image was used to advertise an online dating service. Seventeen-year-old Nova Scotia teenager Rehtaeh Parsons died in April. Two young men were arrested last month for circulating photographs of…

More than 1 million Texas children lack health insurance, report says

Nearly a quarter of Texans are without health insurance, again the highest rate in the country. Current Population Survey estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed 24.6 percent of Texans lacked health insurance last year, even as the national uninsured rate declined from 15.4 percent to 15.1 percent.…

Rep. McDermott informs Republicans: The ‘deficit boogey man’ isn’t real

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) lashed out at his Republican colleagues on Wednesday over a plan to cut America’s food stamp program. The GOP-backed proposal would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $39 billion over the next decade. The plan would drop 3.8 million low-income Americans from the program in…

Deaf man claims police laughed at him, denied request for interpreter during arrest

A deaf Oregon man has filed a lawsuit claiming that police violated his civil rights when they laughed at his request for a sign language interpreter during his arrest. Officers arrested David Updike at his Gresham, Ore., home during a Jan. 14 domestic disturbance, according to OregonLive.com. According to the…

Game of Thrones author: Breaking Bad’s ‘Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone’ on Game of Thrones

Responding to this week’s episode of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wrote that the former school-teacher turned meth kingpin, Walter White, “is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.” “I need to do something about that,” he added. The latest episode of the acclaimed AMC drama,…

Environmental Defense Fund: Naomi Klein ‘waging ideological war’ instead of tackling climate change

Naomi Klein is more interested in “waging ideological warfare” than tackling climate change, according to one of America’s biggest green groups. In a letter to the Guardian responding to the Canadian author’s recent comments that big green groups were more damaging than “climate deniers” because of their relationship with big…

Aaron Alexis’s mother glad her son is ‘now in a place where he can longer harm anyone’

The mother of Aaron Alexis, the former navy reservist who killed 12 people in a shooting spree at the Washington navy yard, made an emotional statement on Wednesday, saying she was heartbroken for the families of the victims. Speaking from her home in New York, two days after the incident,…

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