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Religious conservatives urge people to stop taking ‘ALS Challenge’ because it kills babies

Kevin McCullough of the American Family Association is urging his followers not to take “the ALS Challenge” because doing so will “kill” unborn children, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports. The ALS Challenge is a viral movement that hopes to spread awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as…

Comparing Hamas to biblical cult of child-killers is neither accurate nor helpful

By David Tollerton, University of Exeter From debates concerning the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to the 1967 Six Day War’s titular reference to the days of creation, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has often been made to resonate with biblical images and language. In an advert published last week by The Guardian…

How science is using the genetics of disease to make drugs better

By Mark Lawler, Queen’s University Belfast Personalised medicine is the ability to tailor therapy to an individual patient so that, as it’s often put, the right treatment is given to the right patient at the right time. But just how personal is it? While the phrase might conjure up images…

Elementary teacher suspended for asking white student ‘cops’ to shoot black ‘Michael Browns’

A sixth-grade teacher at Brantley Elementary in Selma, Alabama has been placed on administrative leave after a parent reported that students were asked to research and reenact the Michael Brown shooting in class, The Selma Times-Journal reports. The administration became aware of the assignment after Jessica Lynn Baughn…

SeaWorld drops appeal in safety ruling over dead orca trainer

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – SeaWorld Entertainment has ended its appeal of a federal safety agency’s citation in connection with the 2010 death of one of its killer whale trainers, the company has told investors. “We have elected not to pursue further appeal,” the company wrote in its…

‘Nothing to do with patient safety’: Ohio clinic to halt surgical abortions due to 2013 state law

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A suburban Cincinnati clinic will stop performing surgical abortions as a result of a 2013 state law that bars agreements to move women needing emergency care to public hospitals, an attorney for the clinic said on Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health had ordered…

Police interest in wearable cameras spikes after Ferguson shooting

By Mridhula Raghavan (Reuters) – Digital Ally Inc has been busy fielding a rush of enquiries from U.S. police departments this past week about its wearable cameras, following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that triggered large-scale rioting. Interest in these tiny video cameras, which can be…

Alabama federal judge ‘very embarrassed’ after being charged with wife-beating

(Reuters) – An Alabama federal district court judge charged with beating his wife has sought counseling and plans to enter a residential treatment program in the coming days, his attorney said Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, 55, was arrested earlier this month and charged with a misdemeanor count…

‘I will f*cking kill you!’ St. Louis cop suspended for pointing rifle at peaceful protester

By Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – (Please note: there is strong language used by the police officer in paragraph seven) A St. Louis-area police officer was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful demonstrator as tensions flared during protests over the Aug. 9…

Disney brings the force to the Star Wars franchise with free mobile game, TV show push

By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co is ramping up its first major push to promote the “Star Wars” franchise it purchased from George Lucas in 2012, blitzing consumers this year with a mobile game, animated TV show and an expanded line of toys…

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