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Judge declares Indiana ‘right to work’ law unconstitutional

Indiana’s much-derided “right-to-work” law was ruled unconstitutional on Monday by a state Superior Court judge, paving the way for another legal battle with the state Supreme Court. WXIN-TV reported that Judge John Sedia’s ruling found that a provision in the law requiring unions to represent workers who do not pay…

IOC members gear up to elect new president

Six men will wake up on Tuesday with hopes of ending the day as the most powerful man in sport by being elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) President and succeeding Jacques Rogge. Their fate lies in the hands of fellow IOC members when they vote later on Tuesday in Buenos…

‘Miracle’ Andes survivor faces sexual abuse charges

A 58-year-old Uruguayan man who vanished in the freezing Andes for four months turned from valiant survivor to crime suspect Monday after authorities revealed he was fleeing pedophilia charges. Raul Gomez Cincunegui, dehydrated and weighing just over 40 kilos (88 pounds), was found by chance on Sunday when helicopters flying…

MIT and Harvard top list of the world’s top universities

The United States comes out on top in an authoritative list of international university rankings published Tuesday, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University leading the way. MIT came top of the QS World University Rankings for the second year running, while Harvard displaced Britain’s Cambridge University…

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie calls special legislative session to pass marriage equality bill

Hawaii’s governor has called a special legislative assembly next month to debate a bill legalizing gay marriage, in what would make it the 14th US state to do so. Lawmakers in the Pacific island state will meet from October 28 to discuss a bill “to address the issue of marriage…

Fourth porn actor reportedly diagnosed with HIV

Calls heighten in California for moratorium on new productions and mandatory use of condoms A fourth American porn actor has reportedly tested positive for HIV, fuelling fears of a significant outbreak in California’s adult film industry. A male performer told a Los Angeles-based advocacy group he had been diagnosed with…

Byzantine-era treasure unearthed in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a Byzantine-era hoard of gold in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday. Dig director Eilat Mazar described the excavation of 36 gold coins, a gold medallion inscribed with a Jewish ritual candelabrum and a selection of gold and silver jewellery as…

Chevron brings up ‘new evidence’ to fight $19 billion pollution fine in Ecuador

U.S. oil giant Chevron, hit in Ecuador with a record $19 billion fine for pollution, asked Monday for the court to consider what it claimed was “new evidence” the judge in the case was corrupt. In a statement in Quito, the company — which has been castigated by President Rafael…

New documentary shows ‘truth hiding in plain sight’ about Lance Armstrong

A film about Lance Armstrong’s cycling comeback, shot in 2009 but shelved when his doping denials began to unravel, had its own revival Monday, offering fresh perspective on his lies. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney was granted unprecedented access to Armstrong and his entourage for an entirely different sort of…

Space cadets line up for one-way Mars trip

More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return, the group behind an ambitious venture to colonize the inhospitable red planet said Monday. Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes…

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