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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…

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…

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