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Google head Larry Page to remain in job despite paralyzed vocal chord

Google co-founder and chief Larry Page disclosed Tuesday that one of his vocal cords is partially paralyzed but that it will not stop him from running the Internet colossus. “Thankfully, after some initial recovery I’m fully able to do all I need to at home and at work, though my…

Top Brazilian court rules that there is no legal reason to deny same sex couples marriage licenses

A top judicial panel cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Brazil Tuesday, ruling that gay couples could not be denied marriage licenses. The National Council of Justice, which oversees the Brazilian judicial system and is headed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, said government offices that issue…

SARS-like virus kills 15 and infections still rising in Saudi Arabia

Four more cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 28, including 15 fatalities. The four cases were registered in Eastern Province, which has been gripped by panic after…

17-year cicada hordes begin to emerge in eastern United States

The hordes are rising. A cicada invasion is imminent in the US, with millions of the large cricket-like insects poised to emerge from the earth after 17 years lying in wait. The first of the bugs that are expected to blanket the US east coast have already been spotted in…

Iraqi province to replace James McCormick’s fake bomb detectors with 30 police dogs

Police in Dhi Qar are to replace fake bomb detectors bought from a now jailed British businessman with sniffer dogs, the police chief of the southern Iraqi province said on Tuesday. “We decided to buy 30 police dogs to strengthen security checkpoints and detection of explosives… replacing the explosives detection…

Prosecutor demands jail time for executive who knowingly sold dangerous breast implants

A French prosecutor on Tuesday called for the founder of a firm whose faulty breast implants sparked a global health scare to be given a four-year prison sentence on fraud charges. In closing arguments at the trial in Marseille, prosecutor Jacques Dallest also called for PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas to…

Vermont governor to make the state the third to approve physician-assisted suicide

Legislators in the US state of Vermont have approved a “death-with-dignity” bill enabling terminally ill patients to request medication from their doctors to take their own lives. The liberal-minded New England state becomes the third in the United States, after Oregon and Washington, to allow assisted suicide — but the…

Biden: Guns should fire chocolate bullets because ‘people love chocolate’

In a handwritten letter sent in response to a Milwaukee second-grader, Vice President Joe Biden agreed with the boy’s recommendation to make only guns that fire chocolate bullets, explaining that he likes the idea because “people love chocolate.” A copy of the letter was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.…

Florida school board ruling leaves gay-straight club in limbo

A middle school club in Florida working to end bullying of LGBT students will be allowed to continue meeting through the end of the school year while local school officials continue to debate whether it should be allowed to exist afterward. The Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday that the Lake…

IRS office under scrutiny for targeting tea party groups also disclosed confidential info

By Kim Barker and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year. The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about…

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