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U.S. sees rise in ‘extreme’ obesity for adults and children: analysis

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth rate for U.S. waistlines is slowing, according to an analysis released on Friday. But within the holding pattern there is a dramatic rise in…

Thai professor puts blinders on students to stop cheating during exams

A Thai university has taken drastic steps to stop would-be cheats by introducing makeshift ‘blinkers’ for its examinees, thwarting students tempted by a furtive glance at their peers’ exam papers. The bizarre headgear — consisting of two A4 sheets of plain white writing paper attached by paperclips to a headband…

Ex-Red Sox star’s son arrested on charges of stabbing his girlfriend to death

BOSTON (Reuters) – The son of a former Boston Red Sox player and broadcaster has been arrested and will be charged on Friday with stabbing his girlfriend to death in their apartment outside Boston, the local prosecutor said. Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said the police were called to…

CIA crushes UFO conspiracy theorists’ hopes and dreams with Area 51 documents

Newly declassified documents with the dry title “Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974″ reveal that Area 51, long thought by conspiracy theorists to house debris from a crashed extraterrestrial vehicle, was merely a testing site for government spy planes. CIA officials had acknowledged the…

Descendants of Richard III win right to bury exhumed remains in York cathedral

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) – Descendants of Richard III won a court battle on Friday over where to bury the medieval monarch, whose bones were found under a car park last year, but were urged not to embark on a legal version of the Wars of the Roses in…

Judge dismisses hit-and-run case against singer Chris Brown

Los Angeles judge dismisses case after singer comes to ‘civil compromise’ with Mercedes driver Chris Brown has emerged unscathed from a hit-and-run case that threatened to see him jailed for four years. A judge dismissed the last of the charges relating to a car crash in May, stating that Brown…

ACLU coordinating NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s defense

While much in the press is focusing on the supposed squabble between Ed Snowden, his father and his father’s lawyer, Glenn Greenwald points out the actual important news hidden as a random aside in some of the news reports: the ACLU is now coordinating…  …

Is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos a libertarian? Washington Post journalists would like to know

Writer pleads for the Post’s new owner to explain his politics Jeff Bezos, new owner of the Washington Post, is regarded as a secretive man. But newspaper proprietorship inevitably intrigues the public. Well, to be honest, it is much more intriguing to journalists. So it’s no surprise that the Amazon…

Ready to rocket to Mars? You’ve got less than two weeks to submit your application and $38 fee

The prospect of joining the first team to colonize Mars has proven to be so wildly alluring that more than 100,000 people have applied for a spot – despite the fact they’ll only get a one-way ticket. The Dutch company Mars One plans to launch two…  …

Syrian Electornic Army hacks content-recommendation service ‘Outbrain’

The attack occurred on Thursday morning, and affected the Washington Post, Time, and CNN. The SEA tweeted that hackers were able to access the media companies through a vulnerability in Outbrain, a company that all three companies use. ;  …

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