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Memorial held for MIT officer as Boston bombing investigation continues

Thousands of police officers from across the US gathered at a memorial for the university police officer allegedly killed by the Boston bombing suspects on Wednesday, as information continued to emerge on the blasts that killed three and wounded 262 people. US vice-president Joe Biden spoke at the service, describing…

Canadian official attacks U.S. climatologist James Hansen over Keystone pipeline

Canada’s natural resources minister, Joe Oliver, rarely bothers to hide his dislike for critics of the country’s carbon-heavy tar sands or the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But it still came as a surprise to hear Oliver lash out at one of America’s pre-eminent scientists, climatologist James Hansen, during a visit…

Boston suspects planned to party in New York after bombing

The brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks on the Boston marathon planned to head to Manhattan to party after the explosions, New York City’s police chief said Wednesday. Either Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev apparently said “Manhattan” in a conversation overheard by the driver of the sports utility vehicle…

Mexican teachers set fire in local ruling party office

Teachers angered at education reform stormed the offices of political parties in southwestern Mexico on Wednesday, breaking windows and setting fire inside the ruling party’s local headquarters. Thousands of members of the CETEG teachers’ union, joined by farmers and student groups, marched in the capital of Guerrero state, Chilpancingo, while…

Rhode Island on the verge of legalizing same-sex marriage

Rhode Island is virtually assured to become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Rhode Island Senate voted 26-12 on Wednesday to approve legislation that would allow same-sex couples to legally marry in the state as early as August 1. “This is a historic piece of legislation, one that…

House Republicans blame Hillary Clinton for deadly Benghazi attack

A report by the US Congress on Wednesday faulted former secretary of state Hillary Clinton over the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi, saying she rejected requests for greater security. The report by the Republican chairmen of five committees in the House of Representatives said that the Democratic…

Republican refuses to apologize for ‘black ops’ Boston bombing conspiracy

New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-Auburn) said Wednesday she would not apologize for suggesting the government was behind the Boston Marathon bombing. “I am not a great writer,” she told the Londonderry Patch. “I am not politically correct. I was just pointing out the fact that there is a…

Catholic midwives win right to refuse to aid abortions in Scotland

Scottish court of appeal permits conscientious objection ‘to the whole process of treatment’ in terminations Two Roman Catholic midwives have won the right to refuse to help with any abortion procedures or planning after an appeal court ruling in Scotland. Judges in Edinburgh ruled that Mary Doogan, 58, and Concepta…

South Africa to get its first porn channels

South Africa’s broadcasting regulator has granted a local satellite television service permission to air the country’s first pornography channels, amid resistance from religious and community groups, a statement said Wednesday. The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) ruled that “there is no law of general application prohibiting the production and distribution of…

Prague sends thousands to Texas blast town in honor of shared Czech heritage

Prague said Wednesday it will send thousands of dollars in funds to West, the small Texan town levelled last week by a factory explosion and whose residents are largely of Czech origin. “The government has approved assistance of four million koruna (150,000 euros, $200,000), on the suggestion of Foreign Minister…

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