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New finding suggests Neanderthals had more advanced tools than early humans

Sophisticated leather-working equipment found in a cave in France offer the first evidence that Neanderthals had more advanced bone tools than early modern humans, researchers said Monday. The four fragments of hide-softening bone tools known as lissoirs, or smoothers, were found at two neighboring sites in southwestern France, according to…

The neuroscience of dying: Brain activity continues up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops

There may be a scientific explanation for the vivid near-death experiences, such as seeing a shining light, that some people report after surviving a heart attack, US scientists said Monday. Apparently, the brain keeps on working for up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops, according to a study published…

Senator Rand Paul ‘encouraged’ by Eric Holder’s proposed drug sentencing reform

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday expressed support for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to reform drug sentencing policies. “I am encouraged that the President and Attorney General agree with me that mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders promote injustice and do not serve public…

Quadruple amputee who swam English Channel appeals for return of customized wheelchair

(Reuters) – A French quadruple amputee who won fame by swimming across the English Channel has appealed for the return of his custom-made electric wheelchair after it was stolen together with the trailer where it was stored. “They haven’t just stolen my wheelchair, they have robbed me of my autonomy,”…

British police officer keeps job after having sex on duty while wearing handgun

Gwent police condemned by IPCC for failing to submit clear report of incident and not referencing presence of loaded firearm A police marksman who had sex on duty with a woman while his loaded gun was in a holster around his ankles has been allowed to keep his job, it has emerged.…

Disabled Army veteran harassed by police because of service dog

An Army veteran of nineteen years whose vehicle was twice blown up by IEDS in Afghanistan claims that a police officer harassed and kicked him off the North Wildwood, New Jersey boardwalk because of his service dog. Jared Goering, a Tampa resident on vacation for the first time in years,…

Former Library of Congress employee pleads guilty to harassing ex with fake Craigslist sex ads

A former Library of Congress employee, 61-year-old Kenneth Edward Kuban, pleaded guilty to stalking, identification fraud and violating a protective order for posting 164 fake sex ads on Craigslist. He posted 111 from the Library’s Packard Campus and another 54 from his home computer. The posts falsely promised sex to…

Sen. Mitch McConnell seeks to delay major Obamacare reform

By Sharon Begley (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on the Obama administration to delay the October 1 opening of exchanges where uninsured Americans will be able to buy health insurance until the U.S. government can guarantee the protection of people’s personal data. The exchanges, a…

New York Mayor Bloomberg to appeal ruling that blocked stop-and-frisk policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday said he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the police department’s “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate constitutional rights. Bloomberg remained firm in his argument that the practice drove down the city’s crime rate, saying, “The possibility of…

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger found guilty on 31 of 32 counts of murder, racketeering and conspiracy

BOSTON (Reuters) – James “Whitey” Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston, on Monday was found guilty of 31 out of 32 criminal counts contained in a sweeping murder and racketeering indictment. But jurors found that prosecutors had proven their case against Bulger on only 11 of the 19…

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