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Fukushima nuclear officials admit 2,000 workers face increased thyroid cancer risks

Around 2,000 people who have worked at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant face a heightened risk of thyroid cancer, its operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said 1,973 people — around 10 percent of those employed in emergency crews involved in the clean-up since the meltdowns — were believed…

Coroner confirms teenager in Asiana plane crash killed by fire truck

A coroner announced on Friday that a teenager killed in the Asiana Airlines crash earlier this month in San Francisco was killed by a motor vehicle — likely a fire truck that arrived on the scene to provide assistance — and not injuries sustained in the crash, according to the…

Florida governor stands his ground against repealing ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun law

Florida’s governor said he will not seek to roll back his state’s controversial gun laws, following the acquittal of a volunteer watchman in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. Governor Rick Scott, who met Thursday with protesters occupying the state Capitol building, said in a statement that…

DNA proves model not Rep. Steve Cohen’s daughter: ‘I loved her’

A Democratic lawmaker says that he recently learned that a 24-year-old model who he though was his love child was, in fact, not his daughter at all. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) told CBS News that he didn’t initially have a paternity test when he started to suspect that Texas swimsuit…

Electric car ‘Silver Streak’ has 400-mile range on a single charge

John Wayland’s drag racing electric Datsun, White Zombie, has graced these pages many times before. But Wayland is currently undergoing a project of a different kind, sourcing parts from…  …

ACLU: Inhumane for Ohio to shut off prison power in exchange for payments

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio is urging state officials to stop accepting payments from energy companies in exchange for temporarily shutting off power to prisons during peak periods. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has said that 24 of 26 prisons are participating in a program…

California prison guards retaliating against hunger-strikers, lawyers say

Inmates’ lawyers say health of men is at risk amid allegations prisons are using cold temperatures to snuff out protest Prison guards are trying to break a hunger strike involving thousands of prisoners in California by blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and, in one case, banning lawyers,…

Watch: Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is killing a ginormous gas cloud

Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy has a gas cloud in its gravitational clutches – but the gas cloud isn’t giving up without a fight If gas clouds could think, this one would class itself as the luckiest bunch of atoms in the universe. The front portion…

Who owns your data when you’re dead?

After we die, our bodies are reduced to dust or ash, through burial or cremation. The fate of the digital corpuses we leave behind is rather more complicated. Before the advent of internet-hosted storage and services, your digital remains would have…  …

Sexually-repressive nations watch a lot of porn, too

The last time we checked in on Pornhub (NSFW), they told us that bible thumpers liked to watch people having sex on computer screens just as much as their atheist counterparts. Now, the third-largest porn site in the…  …

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