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Sudden infant death risk greater when parents share bed with babies

The controversy over whether parents should share a bed with newborns has been reignited by research showing that babies who do are five times more likely to die suddenly than those who sleep in a cot. Ministers have asked health advisers to urgently reappraise official guidance on co-sleeping and cot…

Secret Service probes right-wing radio host for threatening Hillary Clinton

The U.S. Secret Service is eying fringe right-wing radio host Pete Santilli, who recently said he wanted to shoot former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the vagina. Secret Service spokesperson told Talking Points Memo on Monday that the agency was “aware of Mr. Santilli’s comments and will take the…

Apple allegedly uses havens to avoid paying billions in U.S. taxes

Apple uses a “highly questionable” web of offshore entities to avoid paying billions in US income taxes, a Senate committee alleged on Monday. The complex arrangement includes three subsidiaries, based ostensibly in Ireland, which appear not to be designated as tax resident anywhere, the committee said. A source on the…

Church of Scotland votes to allow gay ministers

The Church of Scotland on Monday voted to allow gay ministers following years of debate between the liberal and traditionalist sides of the church. Scottish gay rights campaigners praised the move but the Free Church of Scotland called it a fudge. The General Assembly pledged commitment to its “current doctrine…

Ray Manzarek of The Doors dies at 74 after battle with cancer

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, died Monday in Germany after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement on the iconic band’s Facebook page. He was 74. Manzarek formed the group — whose worldwide hits included “Light My Fire” and “L.A. Woman” — with Jim…

Powerful tornado levels homes in Oklahoma City suburb

A powerful tornado ripped thorough an Oklahoma City suburb Monday, leveling countless homes and hitting at least two schools, according to local news reports. Local television station KFOR, from its news helicopter, showed wide swaths of Moore, a community of 55,000 to the south of Oklahoma’s state capital, reduced to…

WATCH LIVE: Huge tornado rips through Oklahoma

Severe weather ripped through the state of Oklahoma on Monday, damaging areas of metropolitan Oklahoma City. Watch live coverage of the storm and its aftermath, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

Luke Skywalker’s pants to be put up for auction on Tuesday

The pants worn by actor Mark Hamill in the first Oscar-winning “Star Wars” film are being sold at auction and could go for up to $100,000, auctioneers announced Monday. The young Jedi Knight wore the sand-colored regular Levi’s pants throughout the 1977 movie, which launched the world-beating franchise by director…

New Yorkers protest fatal shooting of gay man

New Yorkers — including mayoral candidate Christine Quinn — planned a rally Monday to protest the shooting death of a gay man in the neighborhood that was the cradle of the modern US gay rights movement. Mark Carson, 32, was killed with a bullet to the head Friday night in…

Small Alaskan village loses court battle against big oil

Perched at the tip of an Arctic barrier reef in harsh northwestern Alaska, a tiny village took on big oil for causing the climate change that is eroding its shores, but lost its court fight Monday. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Kivalina vs. Exxon. Therefore,…

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