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Mississippi overtakes Texas, executes sixth inmate this year

Mississippi executed its sixth death row inmate this year, overtaking Texas as the US state that has put the most inmates to death so far in 2012, authorities said. Gary Carl Simmons, 49, was put to death by lethal injection at 6:16 pm (2316 GMT), prison officials said. Simmons was…

Egypt delays poll results, Mubarak still in coma

Egypt’s election commission delayed the announcement of presidential results scheduled for Thursday, as tension spiked over who will succeed ailing ousted president Hosni Mubarak after moves by the ruling military to extend powers. “Egypt’s election commission, headed by Judge Faruq Sultan… has decided to delay the announcement of the presidential…

World leaders weigh ‘green’ economy at Rio summit

World leaders attending a UN summit in Rio weighed steps to root out poverty and protect the environment as thousands of activists marched through the city center in protest. UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that “time is not on our side” for fixing a mounting list of problems as he…

Could novel technique to curb global warming also trigger earthquakes?

Could novel technique to curb global warming also trigger earthquakes? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions and pumping it deep underground may not be as useful a tool for dealing with rising greenhouse-gas levels as advocates suggest, according to a new analysis. The reason: Rising…

Title IX at 40: what it’s done for gender equity – and the road still ahead

Title IX at 40: what it’s done for gender equity – and the road still ahead (via The Christian Science Monitor) Title IX is having a birthday bash this week, with many Americans – including top White House officials and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle –…

Online innovation threatened by governments, Clinton adviser warns

Governments that attempt to regain control of the internet pose the greatest threat to innovation online, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton has warned. Alec Ross, an adviser on innovation in the US state department, told a conference in London on Wednesday that governments across the globe will soon begin…

U.S. opens new areas of Gulf of Mexico to drilling

The US government offered up new areas of the central Gulf of Mexico for drilling for the first time since the 2010 BP oil spill and received $1.7 billion in winning bids, officials said Wednesday. Environmental groups tried to block the long-awaited sale by filing a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that…

U.S. military sacks instructor over anti-Islamic class

WASHINGTON — The US military said Wednesday “poor judgement” allowed an instructor to present inflammatory anti-Islamic material in a course for senior officers. The instructor has been removed from his teaching job at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and the elective course will be redesigned, officials said,…

Activists stage colorful anti-Rio+20 demo in central Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — With placards, balloons and chain saws, thousands of militants staged a good-natured and colorful protest in central Rio Wednesday against the UN Rio+20 summit on a ‘green’ economy. The march drew environmentalists, workers, civil servants, black militants, homosexuals, indigenous peoples and feminists on the day world…

Facebook and Yahoo! in patent fight truce talks

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and Yahoo! are in patent war truce talks that could end a legal battle between the companies, according to court documents available online Wednesday. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” attorney Kevin Smith of the Yahoo! legal team said in…

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