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Octogenarian widow becomes the face of the legal fight for same sex marriage

An 83-year-old widow will carry the hopes of America’s gay community on her frail shoulders when she takes her landmark same-sex marriage case before the US Supreme Court next week. Edie Windsor, a lesbian who married in Canada, is seeking to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which has…

WATCH: U.S. soccer team fights for a win in driving snow, freezing temps

The United States defied the difficulties of driving snow to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 1-0 triumph over Costa Rica. In a match put in jeopardy by blizzard conditions, which saw the grounds crew in a constant battle to keep the pitch clear…

1,000 bank workers march on Cyprus’ presidential palace to protest bank restructuring

At least 1,000 bank workers fearing for their jobs staged a march on the Cyprus presidency on Saturday ahead of a planned protest outside parliament which is to debate a bailout to save the island from bankruptcy. An AFP journalist said the workers marched from the headquarters of the Cyprus…

Obama ends four-day Middle East tour with visit to Jordan’s ‘spectacular’ Petra ruins

US President Barack Obama strolled among the ancient Jordanian ruins at Petra on Saturday, on the final leg of a four-day Middle East tour dominated by his embrace of Israel. Obama flew by helicopter to view the rose-coloured stone ruins of the ancient Nabataean city, after winds from a sandstorm…

When something goes wrong at the hospital

How is it possible to move past medical harm when every single aspect of life is impacted by it 2013 when absolutely everything a person believed about doctors, lawyers, oversight agencies, insurance companies is turned upside down and inside out? -Robin Karr, patient harm survivor A slip of the scalpel,…

Lawsuit claims United Technologies cheated laid-off employees out of stock

Last September, not long after being laid off from his job with United Technologies, Richard Grisafi logged onto an account to check on his company stock. To his shock, the account was empty, he said. “I couldn’t believe they took 141 shares from me, after I had worked…  …

U.S. Defense Dept. research arm seeks to improve ‘machine learning’

DARPA wants to improve how we build machine-learning applications. To that end, the agency—tasked by the U.S. Department of Defense with researching advanced technologies for military use—has launched the Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML) program, with the aim of creating……

Left homeless by Sandy, residents take shelter in FEMA trailers

Vera Pizzo was in her tiny backyard with Bella, her husky Chihuahua, when she heard the unmistakable groan of the garbage truck compactor. She ran into her new home and emerged with a few water bottles. When the truck rolled up to empty her cans, she was there, leaning over……

Taliban threatens to kill Musharraf when he returns to Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday threatened to assassinate former military ruler Pervez Musharraf when he returns to the country to contest elections after nearly five years in self-imposed exile. The 69-year-old escaped three assassination attempts when in office from 1999 to 2008, a target of Islamist extremists because of his…

Millions begin switching off for ‘Earth Hour’ to protest climate change

Sydney’s skyline plunged into darkness on Saturday as the city cut its lights for the “Earth Hour” campaign against climate change, kicking off an event which will travel around the globe. Organisers expect hundreds of millions of people across some 150 countries to turn off their lights for 60 minutes…

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