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Calif. marijuana activists learning from Colo. and Wash. state measures

Marijuana activists in California — many of whom thought that the Sunshine State would be first to legalize the drug — are looking to recently-passed ballot measures in Colorado and Washington state for inspiration, reported the San Jose Mercury News. Californians rejected a legalization measure in 2010, Prop 19, due…

Paralyzed woman controls robotic arm with thoughts alone

Doctors in Pittsburgh stunned at ability of patient who has reached levels of performance never seen before A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone. The 52-year-old patient, called Jan,…

Ecuador declares volcano alert at second-highest warning level

Ecuador issued an orange alert — the second-highest warning level — for towns near the Tungurahua volcano on Sunday, as its level of activity rose, civil defense officials said. The area of the warning covers the adjacent provinces of Tungurahua and Chimborazo, according to the national civil defense agency. Greater…

The Onion: Pope joins Twitter, gives up Catholicism to connect with youth

After the Pope met with some criticism and mockery for joining the social networking site Twitter, The Onion “reported” that he has decided that “giving up on Catholicism” will also allow him to better connect with Christian youth. It’s not enough to simply join Facebook or Twitter. “In order to…

Chavez resumes governing after surgery, says aide

President Hugo Chavez, who underwent new cancer surgery Tuesday, has resumed actively governing as he recovers, one of his cabinet members said Sunday from Havana. “As of yesterday, El Comandante already resumed communicating with us, giving instructions, governing in fact, giving instructions to be implemented in our country,” said Science…

Michigan GOP official: Detroit voters bussed to ‘vote multiple times’

A Michigan Republican and finance chair of the Republican National Committee said at a tea party meeting — caught on video — before the presidential election that Detroit voters are bussed around and vote multiple times after being picked up from barbershops and pool halls, reported the Detroit Free Press.…

Police: Arrests possible for spreading false info on Facebook after shootings

Authorities investigating the deadly US school shooting warned Sunday of misinformation circulating on social media about the massacre. Those spreading such fake details could be subject to arrest, Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police told reporters in the wake of Friday’s attack on the Sandy Hook Elementary School that…

Tens of thousands rally for same-sex marriage, adoption in France

Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France on Sunday to show support for the government’s plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption. Organisers said 150,000 people gathered in Paris at the Place de la Bastille for the “demonstration for equality”. Police said 60,000 took part. They have called…

At least 12 killed in Iraq attacks

Attacks in Iraq including a string of bombings against Shiite places of worship and a car bomb at a Kurdish political office killed at least 12 people and wounded at least 75 on Sunday, officials said. Two car bombs and seven roadside bombs targeted two Shiite places of worship, known…

Dubai festival awards Saudi feminist film ‘Wadjda’

Saudi movie “Wadjda,” a tale of a girl’s quest to own a bicycle in the kingdom where women are deprived of many rights, won the best Arabic feature film at the Dubai Film Festival on Sunday. Directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansoor, and shot entirely in the…

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