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Four more women accuse San Diego mayor of sexual misconduct

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Four more women, including a retired U.S. Navy admiral and a college dean, came forward on Thursday to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, as local party leaders called on him to resign. The latest allegations leveled at…

Women in combat no later than 2016: Pentagon

Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan 2012 file photo. Women…  …

San Diego Democrats hold meeting to decide whether to rebuke Mayor Bob Filner

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Democratic Party bosses and elected officials from San Diego County planned to meet on Thursday evening to decide whether to urge embattled Mayor Bob Filner to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed a former aide and at least two other women. The…

Neuroscientists discover how to implant false memories in the brain

Scientists have implanted a false memory in the brains of mice in an experiment that they hope will shed light on the well-documented phenomenon whereby people “remember” events or experiences that have never happened. False memories are a major problem with witness statements in courts of law. Defendants have often…

Pope Francis condemns ‘culture of individualism’ that creates economic inequality

Pope Francis has made his strongest condemnation yet of inequality when he used a visit to a Brazilian slum to denounce the “culture of selfishness” that is widening the gap between rich and poor. The first Latin American pope, who once worked with slum dwellers in his home city of…

More than 3,700 Marilyn Monroe photos to be auctioned in Los Angeles

ore than 3,700 photos of American pop icon Marilyn Monroe will be sold this weekend along with their copyrights, a Los Angeles auction house said Thursday. The photos — plus negatives, slides and copyrights — are part of a collection of more than 75,000 images taken by fashion photographer Milton…

Sex research pioneer Virginia Johnson dies at 88

Virginia Johnson, who with her ex-husband and research partner William Masters blazed new trails in the study of human sexuality, has died at the age of 88, US media reported. Saint Louis Public Radio said Thursday her death was confirmed by her son Scott Johnson and by a retirement home…

Study finds musical interaction cultivates empathy in children

Schools could one day add “empathy education” to their curriculum. New research suggests that understanding the emotional state of others is something that can be learned and practiced. According to a study published in the July issue of Psychology of Music, playing musical games can help cultivate a sense of…

U.S. indicts five hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

By David Jones and Jim Finkle NEWARK, N.J./BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed…

House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

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