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Scientists decry ‘the worst case of scientific censorship since the church banned Copernicus’

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – The outlawing of drugs such as cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive substances amounts to scientific censorship and is hampering research into potentially important medicinal uses, leading scientists argued on Wednesday. Laws and international conventions dating back to the 1960s have set back research…

Southern Baptists vote to condemn Boy Scouts for accepting gay members

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday voted to voice opposition to the Boy Scouts of America decision to admit gay members, saying that homosexual conduct is contrary to a scout’s oath to do his duty to God. The Southern Baptists, the nation’s largest Protestant…

Dunkin’ Donuts workers who calmly handled ranting racist woman in viral video to get reward

Dunkin’ Donuts plans to reward two employees in Florida for facing down a racist-flavored tirade from a bullying customer who recorded her own outburst in a video gone viral. In a case of webshaming gone afoul, twenty-something Taylor Chapman berated duty manager Abid Adar for a free meal last week…

Scientists unravel Cheetahs’ ability to twist and turn

Cheetahs are renowned as the fastest things on legs, but just as important as their speed is their ability to brake, enabling them to twist and turn in pursuit of prey, a study published on Wednesday says. British researchers fitted three female and two male cheetahs in Botswana with special…

Facing criticism for lack of action, Google donates to anti-child porn group

Google pledged £1 million ($1.6 million, 1.2 million euros) on Wednesday to a British charity that monitors online child porn, just days after Prime Minister David Cameron demanded the Internet giant do more to tackle the problem. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an industry-funded body which identifies and helps remove…

Animal rights group seeks to ban foie gras in New York

An animal rights group called on the state of New York Wednesday to ban the practice of force-feeding ducks and geese to make foie gras. Mercy For Animals (MFA) released hidden-camera footage of one New York foie gras farm at a press conference in Albany, demanding an end to the…

CIA’s deputy director Michael Morell resigns

Michael Morell, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, announced his resignation on Wednesday afternoon. “As much as I would selfishly like to keep Michael right where he is for as long as possible, he has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and to pursue…

Walmart bought clothing from banned Bangladesh factories

By Michael Grabell ProPublica, June 12, 2013, 3:05 p.m. Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, retailers have faced mounting pressure to improve safety at Bangladesh garment factories and to sever ties with manufacturers that don’t measure up. The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, last…

Key anecdote to defend NSA data gathering is full of holes

By Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica Defending a vast program to sweep up phone and Internet data under antiterror laws, senior U.S. officials in recent days have cited the case of David Coleman Headley, a key plotter in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said a…

NSA chief says U.S. is vulnerable to cyber attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. critical infrastructure – which ranges from telecommunications to water to energy supplies – is not well prepared to handle a destructive cyber attack, the top U.S. general in charge of cybersecurity said on Wednesday. National Security Agency chief General Keith Alexander, making his first public appearance…

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