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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…

19-year-old Akein Scott named suspect in New Orleans Mother’s day shooting

Police release details of teenager suspected of opening fire on New Orleans parade, leaving 20 wounded, some critically New Orleans police have named 19-year-old Akein Scott in the Mother’s Day shooting of nearly 20 people and appealed for him to come forward. Police superintendent Ronal Serpas said several people had…

First grey whale spotted south of the Equator

Namibia sighting suggests much-hunted whales are regaining ancient migratory routes, or may be down to climate disruption Astonishing news from Walvis Bay, Namibia, where scientists from the Namibian Dolphin Project on Tuesday confirmed the sighting of a grey whale. Not only has this North Pacific species been extinct in the…

U.S. government seeks to delay ‘morning-after pill’ court ruling

The US administration has filed a last-ditch bid to delay a court ruling that would allow girls and young women to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription. A US district court ruled last month that a 2011 decision by the chief of US Health and Human Services to require…

DiCaprio environmental art auction tops $38 million

Leonardo DiCaprio urged wealthy art collectors to bid at an environmental charity auction in New York as if the planet’s fate “depends on us” — and they responded by splashing out $38.8 million. Monday’s “11th Hour” auction at Christie’s featured 33 works of mostly contemporary art, much of it created…

Winnie Mandela ordered to sell possessions to pay debt

A South African magistrate has ordered Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to auction off scores of paintings, sculptures and a silver tea set to pay off her debts, according to a court document seen Tuesday. Household goods belonging to the once revered anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, will go under the…

Internet giant Amazon hit by first strike in Germany

German employees of Amazon staged their first-ever walkouts on Tuesday as the US Internet retail giant was hit by a dispute over pay. Employees at two logistics centres in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig launched a strike with the start of the early shift at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), the giant…

New chief Roberto Azevedo vows to revive World Trade Organization

Roberto Azevedo of Brazil on Tuesday vowed to revive the deadlocked World Trade Organization, as he was confirmed formally as the incoming leader of the 159-nation body which sets the rules for global commerce. “I will continue to work with you in a new — and very challenging — capacity,”…

Video of Syrian rebel fighter cutting out heart of regime soldier and eating it condemned

Human Rights Watch and the Syrian opposition National Coalition have condemned a gruesome video apparently showing a Syrian rebel fighter cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it. “International news agencies and social media websites have been circulating a video clip in which a person claiming to…

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