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U.S. sees longer wildfire season thanks to climate change

America’s wildfire season lasts two months longer than it did 40 years ago and burns up twice as much land as it did in those earlier days because of the hotter, drier conditions produced by climate change, the country’s forest service chief told Congress on Tuesday. But the forest service…

NATO to set up rapid reaction teams to counter cyber-attacks

NATO defence ministers agreed Tuesday to set up rapid reaction teams to help defend the military alliance against a growing number of cyber-attacks, many of them blamed on China. “In the progress report we have adopted today, we agreed to establish rapid reaction teams that can help protect NATO’s own…

Kansas farmer sues Monsanto over unapproved genetically modified wheat

A Kansas wheat farmer has sued Monsanto after news of the discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm, alleging harm from falling wheat prices. The farmer, Ernest Barnes, lodged a civil lawsuit in a US federal court against Monsanto on Monday, alleging “gross negligence” and seeking compensation…

Same-sex marriage clears parliamentary hurdle in Britain

The British parliament’s upper house Tuesday voted down a bid to kill off a bill to introduce gay marriage in England and Wales, moving it a step closer to becoming law. Following two days of impassioned debate in the House of Lords that exposed deep divisions in the unelected upper…

Google updates Glass developer policy: No porn

The makers of a porn app for Google’s Internet-linked eyewear were modifying the software Tuesday in response to a move by the company to keep sex off the new devices. Google evidently updated its Glass developer rules over the weekend, ahead of the release of an application on Monday by…

Turkey protesters defiant after government apology

Turkish protesters poured back onto the streets Tuesday in defiance of their government’s plea to end days of deadly unrest, the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-long rule. Erdogan’s government won praise from the United States for apologising to protesters injured in the violence but the…

Michael Douglas pleased that oral sex story raised public awareness

Michael Douglas said he would win a Nobel prize if he knew exactly what caused his throat cancer, in fresh comments Tuesday after a dispute with a British newspaper over an interview he gave. The “Fatal Attraction” star, whose spokesman already denied he blamed his throat cancer specifically on oral…

Alaska Republicans elect ‘racist dentist’ as vice chairman

The Alaska Republican Party has elected a controversial figure as their new vice chairman. The political blog The Mudflats on Sunday reported that Dr. David Eichler was known derogatorily as the “racist dentist” because of controversial comments he made in 2006. As president of the Alaska Dental Society, Eichler claimed…

Catholic bishops declare victory after Illinois same-sex marriage bill stalls

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Monday applauded the Illinois House’s failure to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. “The fact that the Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill reflects a failure to have the votes to pass the bill,” said Archbishop Cordileone, the chairman…

Bradley Manning reportedly punched a female soldier, was ‘non-responsive’ at times

Witnesses in the trial of U.S. Army private Bradley Manning testified on Sunday that he once struck a female colleague, often exhibited strange behavior and regularly flouted of regulations within his unit, Politico reported on Tuesday. Capt. Casey Fulton said in court that she ordered Manning be stripped of his…

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