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11 now investigated in Secret Service scandal

The US military said Friday it is now investigating 11 service members linked to the growing sex scandal in Colombia that has rocked the president’s Secret Service. The Pentagon had initially said five troops were implicated and later said there were 10 suspects. “I can tell you now, based on…

1792 penny sells for $1.15 million

Talk about a pretty penny. A 1792-dated copper cent has sold for $1.15 million, a US auction house said Friday. The experimental coin with a silver center was one of the first ever struck at the United States mint and is one of just 14 known to have survived. It…

Two years after BP oil spill, disaster is far from over

Two years after the worst maritime oil spill in history, fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists up and down the US Gulf Coast warn that the disaster may be far from over. Dead dolphins keep washing up on shore in unprecedented numbers. Oil-coated coral reefs are dying in the deepwater. Eyeless shrimp…

Mexico’s Senate passes climate change bill

Mexico’s Senate has unanimously passed a climate change bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050, following Britain in creating legally binding emissions goals. The law — approved late Thursday and which still needs to be signed by President Felipe Calderon — seeks to promote policies and…

Moroccan activists look to repeal law that encourages rapists to marry victims

The suicide of a Moroccan teen who was forced to marry her rapist has sparked outraged calls for reform, but the weight of tradition and the inertia of the justice system can make change slow here. Amina Al Filali, a 16-year-old girl from the northern village of Larache, drank rat…

Al-Qaeda clashes with Yemen military kill 34

Clashes between Al-Qaeda militants and the army in Yemen’s restive south killed 34 people, mostly jihadists, as soldiers advanced on the city of Zinjibar, the defence ministry said on Friday. “Eighteen Al-Qaeda militants were killed and dozens wounded while the rest fled” the clashes on the outskirts of the extremists’…

Scientists create artificial genetic material XNA

Scientists have created artificial genetic material that can store information and evolve over generations in a similar way to DNA – a feat expected to drive research in medicine and biotechnology, and shed light on how molecules first replicated and assembled into life billions of years ago. Ultimately, the creation…

Iranian diplomat accused of child molestation in Brazil

An Iranian diplomat is facing child abuse allegations in Brasilia after angry parents at a local swimming pool accused him of fondling girls between the ages of 9 and 15. The diplomat was arrested by Brazilian police at the weekend shortly after the incident but his diplomatic immunity secured his…

Parents cleared of 4 month old’s death ask for inquiry

A couple who were falsely accused of murdering their four-month-old son called on Friday for an inquiry into two hospitals that treated him, saying they believe that quicker action by medics might have saved the child’s life. Rohan Wray, 22, and Chana Al-Alas, 19, were accused of killing baby Jayden…

Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency

By Justin Elliott ProPublica News organizations cultivate a reputation for demanding transparency, whether by suing for access to government documents, dispatching camera crews to the doorsteps of recalcitrant politicians, or editorializing in favor of open government. But now many of the country’s biggest media companies 2014 which own dozens of…

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