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Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant kills 1, injures 79

Update 3:06 p.m. Eastern: Reuters tweeted that injuries now total 79 and one person is now dead after all workers have been accounted for. By Jonathan Bachman GEISMAR, Louisiana (Reuters) – An explosion and fire tore through the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on Thursday, injuring 33 people…

Australian military embroiled in fresh sexual harassment scandal

SYDNEY — The Australian military was embroiled in a new sex scandal Thursday with 17 personnel, including officers, under investigation after hundreds of “explicit and repugnant” emails and images demeaning women were uncovered. Army chief, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, said he was appalled at the revelations, which follow a government report…

News Corp.’s Murdoch and wife file for divorce

News Corporation boss cites irretrievable breakdown in marriage in divorce filing from woman seen as key player in media empire News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from wife Wendi Deng Murdoch, the mother of his two youngest children and a woman seen as a key player in…

DOJ asks federal judge to see if NYPD stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional

By Chris Francescani and David Ingram NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if she rules the department’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial…

Zimmerman trial has yet to choose a single juror

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Seating an impartial jury in the Trayvon Martin Florida murder case may not be as problematic as many had initially feared, despite blanket media coverage that captivated the United States for much of 2012. As jury selection inched forward on Thursday in the…

LGBT people more accepted in America than ever before

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) – The vast majority of U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, according to a poll billed as the first-ever major survey of its kind in America. However, although 92 percent of…

Irish prime minister gets letters written in blood as bill seeks greater abortion access

Ireland published a draft new abortion bill on Thursday after Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he had received plastic foetuses and letters written in blood claiming he is a murderer. The parliamentary bill was published ahead of the release later in the day of a long-awaited report into why an…

FBI launches criminal investigation into Snowden’s actions

The United States has launched a criminal investigation and is taking “all necessary steps” to prosecute Edward Snowden for exposing secret US surveillance programs, the FBI director said Thursday. “We are taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these disclosures,” Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee, referring…

Sweden to ban bestiality which was previously legal for some reason

Sweden will next year introduce a total ban on bestiality, which until now has only been illegal if cruelty to the animal could be proven, the government said Thursday. “The government is now tightening the rules surrounding bestiality so there will be no doubt about the fact that it is…

Two-thirds of parents monitor children’s Facebook activity

Some two-thirds of American parents monitor their children’s Facebook activities, but a large percentage say they trust their youngsters to manage on their own, a study showed Thursday. The survey by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California found 70 percent of parents keep…

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