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Appeals court rules intelligence reporter James Risen must testify if indicted whistleblower was his source

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the First Amendment right to free speech does not prevent a New York Times journalist from giving testimony in a high-profile government leak case. The ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Kerry: Peace talks between Israel and Palestine to resume in Washington D.C. within a week

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that an agreement has been reached between the Israelis and Palestinians for the basis to resume Middle East peace talks. “I’m pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming final status negotiations between the Palestinians…

Hadron Collider provides exhaustive confirmation of conceptual framework of subatomic particles

Tests at the world’s biggest collider have provided the most exhaustive confirmation to date of the Standard Model, a four-decade-old conceptual framework for fundamental particles, CERN said on Friday. Physicists at two giant underground laboratories straddling the French-Swiss border have given the most accurate measurement yet of a change in…

Michigan Gov. Snyder on Detroit bankruptcy: ‘We will come out with a stronger, better Detroit’

Detroit will be a great city again once the birthplace of the US auto industry gets a fresh start with a bankruptcy filing, Michigan’s governor said Friday. Saddled with more than $18 billion in debt and a shrunken tax base, the Motor City has been so strapped for cash it…

Eight elderly men held captive in Houston home under ‘prison’-like conditions

Update (4:11 p.m. Eastern): CNN is now reporting that police found eight people in the Houston home, all men between the ages of 50 and 80. Police found that four elderly men had been kept captive in a north Houston home in poor and dirty conditions, according to Houston local…

Pope’s ‘personal representative’ at Vatican bank once expelled from Uruguay after gay life revealed: report

The Vatican’s “gay lobby” was back in the headlines on Friday after the alleged exposure of a homosexual prelate appointed by Pope Francis to a key position at the Vatican bank. The Italian weekly L’Espresso said prelate Battista Ricca had gay relationships during his time at the Vatican embassy of…

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…

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