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Uruguay witnesses its first gay marriage

Uruguay saw its first gay marriage Monday but the big day was tinged with sadness because one of the men was on his death bed. The ceremony in the second country of Latin America to recognize same sex marriage was held at a hospital in the capital Montevideo. It came…

Study links mother’s harsh parenting behaviors to economic woes

Mothers with a certain gene got meaner when the economy took a dive in 2007-2009, whether or not their own purses were shorter on cash, US researchers said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that environment can have a major impact on behavior,…

Woman sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski to publish memoirs

The woman who was sexually assaulted by filmmaker Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was 13 is to publish her memoirs, a French publishing house said Monday. “The Girl. A Life Lived in the Shadow of Roman Polanski” by Samantha Geimer, now 49, is due to come out in the…

Uruguay’s lefist president open to referendum on regulating marijuana

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica said in an interview published Monday he is open to a referendum on a bill to have the government control and regulate marijuana sales and distribution. The bill was passed by the lower house of Uruguay’s legislature last week and now awaits action by the Senate.…

The Washington Post sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

(Reuters) – The Washington Post Co said it has sold its flagship newspaper to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The purchase price is $250 million, subject to normal working capital adjustments, payable at closing later this year. (Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Gary Hill)…

Florida moves forward with unconstitutional execution of mentally ill man

Schizophrenic man will die by lethal injection at 6pm Monday unless his lawyers can convince the supreme court to intervene Florida is preparing to execute a schizophrenic man who believes that he is the immortal prince of God vested with superhuman powers that include an ability to control the sun,…

Watch: Meteor traveling 54,000 miles per hour explodes over Tennessee

Star-gazers in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi witnessed a bright fireball light up the sky last week. The Capricornid meteor was traveling at 54,000 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. A video captured by NASA shows the meteor streaking across the sky on August 1 around 12:00…

New York Times confirms embassy closures due to al-Qaeda threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intercepted communications in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as last Sunday prompted the United States to close diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times reported on…

Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez one of 13 players suspended for doping

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid player and one of the sport’s greatest hitters, was suspended for a record 211 games on Monday for alleged doping offences. Another 12 players, including three All-Stars, were handed 50-game suspensions by Major League Baseball following a long investigation into links between…

State Department: Bradley Manning had ‘chilling effect’ on foreign relations

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. soldier Bradley Manning’s leaks of classified government files had a “chilling effect” on foreign relations, impeding U.S. diplomats’ gathering of information, a senior State Department official said Monday. “Every single embassy” was affected, said Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy,…

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