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‘Find a safe haven,’ father tells Snowden in Russia

The father of US fugitive Edward Snowden reached out to his son on Russia’s national television Wednesday, telling him he did not mind if the intelligence leaker stays in Russia as long as he is safe. “Edward, I hope you are watching this. Your family is well. We love you.…

Enormous 33 pound mushroom found in China

China’s Yunnan province is known as the “Kingdom of Mushrooms” for its rich diversity of more than 600 species of edible fungi. But even the hungriest of mushroom fans might find this monster mushroom, recently discovered in Yunnan, a little hard to…  …

City of San Diego sues Mayor Bob Filner in sex harassment case

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The city of San Diego sued its embattled mayor on Tuesday, seeking to recover from him any damages it might face in a lawsuit filed by his former press secretary, one of eight women to publicly accuse him of unwanted sexual advances. The…

Thai king to leave hospital after four years

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s 85-year-old King Bhumibol , the world’s longest-reigning monarch, is to leave the Bangkok hospital where he has been for almost four years to live at his palace by the sea, a government official said on Wednesday. “We have been told by the Royal Household Bureau that…

Amnesty International: California prison conditions an ‘affront to human rights’

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amnesty International weighed in on a 22-day-old hunger strike in California prisons on Tuesday, calling solitary confinement conditions faced by protesting inmates an “affront to human rights” and urging an impartial probe into the death of a prisoner. Billy Sell, 32, serving a…

Scientists move one step closer to resurrecting woolly mammoths

The pioneering scientist who created Dolly the sheep has outlined how cells plucked from frozen woolly mammoth carcasses might one day help resurrect the ancient beasts. The notional procedure – bringing with it echoes of the Jurassic Park films – was spelled out by Sir Ian Wilmut, the Edinburgh-based stem-cell…

Julian Assange expects Bradley Manning to appeal ‘dangerous’ verdict

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday called US soldier Bradley Manning a “hero” and said he expected him to appeal after a military judge convicted him of espionage. Assange said the verdict had set a “dangerous precedent” and was an example of “national security extremism” from the Obama administration. He…

Study finds religious priming does not promote self-control

New research casts doubt on the claim that merely thinking about religious and moral concepts promotes higher levels of self-control. The study, published in the July issue of Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, found religious and moral priming had no effect on participants’ ability to delay…

New EPA chief: Can we stop talking about regulations killing jobs, please?

By Richard Valdmanis and Valerie Volcovici CAMBRIDGE, Mass./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delivering her first speech as the top U.S. environmental steward, Gina McCarthy on Tuesday pre-empted a frequent mantra of critics of the Environmental Protection Agency – that the agency’s regulations disrupt the economy and cost jobs. The benefits derived from…

Senate confirms full slate of labor board nominees

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, marking the first time in a decade that the bipartisan agency that oversees union elections and polices unfair labor practices has had a full Senate-confirmed slate of five members.…

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