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Lesbian couple claims spousal privilege in Kentucky murder case to prevent wife from testifying

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – A legal debate over whether one member of a same-sex couple has spousal privilege that would shield her from testifying against her partner is at the heart of a capital murder case in politically conservative Kentucky. Geneva Case, 49, does not want to testify in a…

UFO cultists demand rehabilitation of the swastika

They believe that the symbol has been associated with Nazis for too long and have launched a campaign to reclaim it As the beachgoers of Long Island soaked up the sun last month, their attention was caught by a light aircraft flying above with a flag trailing behind it. On…

Some U.S. embassies reopen following al Qaeda security alert

A number of US diplomatic missions closed on August 4 over an Al-Qaeda security alert reopened Sunday, while others stayed shut for the Muslim holidays following the Ramadan holy month. The embassy in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the US consulate in Dubai reopened, as the holiday marking the…

Extinction of large animals could destroy soil fertility: study

The mass extinction of large animals in the Pleistocene era caused today’s dearth of soil nutrients, scientists said Sunday, and warned of further damage if modern giants like the elephant disappear. The Pleistocene epoch, which dated from about 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago, saw large animals dubbed megafauna take…

VX nerve agent scare at JFK Airport in New York

Two customs inspectors became sick after inhaling fumes from a package at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday morning, according to local media reports. FBI HAZMAT and Port Authority police are investigating the incident at the U.S. Postal Service facility. The item initially tested positive for VX,…

Snowden’s father has visa to visit his son in Russia: lawyer

The father of fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has obtained a visa to visit his son in Russia, the family lawyer said Sunday. Attorney Bruce Fein said he and Lon Snowden will both visit Russia very soon, but would not say when. “We have visas. We have a date which…

A Texan tragedy: Plenty of oil, but no water

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and…

Nelson Mandela making ‘a slow but steady improvement’

Nelson Mandela is making “slow but steady” progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. “Former President Nelson Mandela…

Poland is getting fracked

In recent years, the fiercely independent people of Poland have found themselves caught up in the global hunt for natural resources. In this case, it’s natural gas, and the chemical fracking that companies are using to…  …

‘Deep Throat’ owners fight on: ‘We’re sending a cease and desist to iTunes’

Hours earlier, a New York judge had refused to grant his injunction against Harvey Weinstein to halt the release of the movie “Lovelace.” The judge — an 83-year old veteran of the bench, first appointed by Nixon — was concerned that blocking the “Deep Throat” biopic would fall afoul of…

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