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Forget drive-in movie theaters. Zurich now has drive-in ‘sex boxes’

The Swiss city of Zurich on Thursday unveiled a sex drive-in which local authorities say will enable them to keep closer tabs on prostitution, a year after voters backed the plan. Due to be opened officially in a ceremony on August 26, the nine so-called “sex boxes” are located in…

Pentagon announces new measures to combat sexual assault in the military

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday unveiled steps to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces by increasing protection for victims, beefing up oversight of investigations, and making responses to such crimes more consistent across the military. “Sexual assault is a stain on the…

Ohio lawmakers to revisit anti-choice ‘heartbeat bill’ next session

Several Ohio lawmakers announced their plan to reintroduce the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” to ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected. State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann planned a Thursday press conference to announce the revival of the bill, which passed the GOP-led House but failed in the Senate after its…

Chinese zoo exposed as trying to pass of dog as ‘African lion’ when it started barking

BEIJING — A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking. The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. It…

Rockefeller impersonator gets maximum sentence of 27 years for murder in California

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A German-born con man who posed for years as a member of America’s wealthy Rockefeller family was sentenced on Thursday to a prison term of 27 years to life for slaying the son of his Los Angeles-area landlady and burying his dismembered remains…

Study: Women who use ‘pull out’ birth control method at greater risk of unintended pregnancy

By Veronica Hackethal, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many young women use the “pull-out method” for birth control, and they tend to have more unintended pregnancies than other women, a new study suggests. Researchers compiling surveys from more than 2,000 women ages 15 to 24 found 31 percent had…

Washington Post claims its website was hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Washington Post said Thursday its website was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, becoming the latest media organization victimized by the group that backs strongman Bashar al-Assad. A note to readers said the Post website “was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of…

California Representative believes ‘for a criminal practice, there has to be a gun’

On Tuesday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) informed constituents at a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills that all crime require the presence of a firearm. Responding to a question about his position on “Wall Street criminal practices,” McClintock said “for a criminal practice, there has to be a gun.…

New York prisons skirt bans on solitary confinement for mentally ill by reclassifying prisoners’ mental status

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica This story was co-produced with WNYC. When Amir Hall entered New York state prison for a parole violation in November 2009, he came with a long list of psychological problems. Hall arrived at the prison from a state psychiatric hospital, after he had tried to suffocate…

Russian pole vault legend: Gay Olympians should face charges if they ‘propagandize homosexuality’

Russian pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva said Thursday she was against a boycott of next February’s Sochi Olympics over a controversial law banning gay “propaganda” for minors. The 31-year-old – who gave the World Athletics Championships in Moscow the spark it needed on Tuesday when she won her third world…

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