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Senate bill to protect LGBT workers from discrimination now has majority support

Delaware Senator Tom Carper (D) on Monday became the 51st cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to the Huffington Post. “Senator Carper believes it is important for federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — in the same way that current law addresses…

Scientists discover potential screening tool for HPV that causes mouth and throat cancers

LONDON (Reuters) – Antibodies to a high-risk type of a virus that causes mouth and throat cancers when transmitted via oral sex can be detected in blood tests many years before onset of the disease, according to a World Health Organisation-led team of researchers. In a study in the Journal…

Jury clears penile implant doctor of negligence in the case of the 8-month erection

WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) – A jury on Monday cleared a doctor of negligence in a lawsuit filed by a Delaware truck driver who underwent a penile implant procedure and ended up with an erection that lasted eight months. “We’re stunned,” attorney Michael Heyden said as he left the New Castle…

How the Patriot Act debate became about library records instead of phone records

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica In the months following the October 2001, passage of the Patriot Act, there was a heated public debate about the very provision of the law that we now know the government is using to vacuum up phone records of American citizens on a massive scale. “A…

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell billed taxpayers for detox cleanse, dog vitamins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife used taxpayer money to pay for sunscreen and dog vitamins, the Washington Post reported on Monday, a disclosure that comes as the Republican leader is said to be under scrutiny by the FBI. The newspaper, citing spending records it obtained…

Edward Snowden: ‘Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped’

In live chat with Guardian readers, NSA whistleblower says US leaders cannot ‘cover this up by jailing or murdering me’ The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that the “truth” about the extent of surveillance carried out by US authorities would emerge, even if he is jailed or murdered. In…

Netflix partners with Dreamworks to offer original animated shows

Netflix inks a deal with Dreamworks for exclusive animated TV programming (via The Inquirer) VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE Netflix has revealed a multi-year deal with motion picture house Dreamworks to bring a raft of original animated TV shows to its internet service. The deal between Netflix and Dreamworks is said to…

New U.S. astronaut class is half female

The US space agency announced the appointment of eight new astronauts on Monday, and a record half of NASA’s first astronaut class since 2009 are women. The astronauts will earn between $64,000 and $141,000 per year, and will be part of the team that lays the groundwork for NASA missions…

Four-legged robot that runs like a cat unveiled in Switzerland

Swiss researchers said Monday they have created a small four-legged, high-speed robot that runs like a cat in a bid to create a new breed of robots for use in search and rescue operations. Researchers added that the “cheetah-cub robot,” the size of a small house cat or cheetah cub,…

IRS official worried targeting tea party groups would be perceived to have ‘some bias’

By Kim Dixon and Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters) – Internal Revenue Service employees in Ohio, who singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny, likely did not consider the political implications, an IRS official in Washington has told congressional investigators. Providing additional details about the worst crisis to…

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