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Girl Scouts auction off plantation amid financial troubles

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – A historic Southern plantation in the United States will be sold at auction Friday by the financially troubled local Girl Scout council that has owned and used it as a camp for girls for almost five decades. The camp in South Carolina…

Japanese police arrest haiku killer suspect

Japanese police on Friday arrested a man who left a “haiku” poem when he disappeared after five people were murdered in a tiny mountain village. Investigators found Kosei Homi, 63, dressed only in his underwear early Friday in mountains near the hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, police and reports said.…

Could ‘listening to your body’ help you lose weight?

A new study has linked people’s ability to gauge their heart rate to how well they keep their weight under control Can you count your heartbeats – without taking your pulse? Whether you realise it or not, you almost certainly can. We all have an “interoceptive sense”, an awareness of…

Community organizers train to enroll the masses in Obamacare

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nahla Kayali is a foot soldier for Obamacare. She is among the first wave of 2,000 community organizers in California getting trained to persuade more than 1 million uninsured people in the state to sign up for subsidized health coverage under President Barack…

Egypt’s wheat problem: how Morsi jeopardized the bread supply

The biggest mistake deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi made during his year in power was dramatically reducing wheat imports, according to Mohamed Abu Shadi, the country’s new minister of supplies. Lack of money and a quixotic attempt at making Egypt self-sufficient spurred the decline, say officials familiar with the matter.…

Derailed Spanish train ‘was unable to brake in time’

The driver of a fast-moving train that flew off the tracks in northwestern Spain, killing at least 80 people, was unable to brake in time, newspaper El Pais reported Friday. The investigation into the cause of the nation’s deadliest rail disaster since 1944 has focused on a possible problem with…

Gaza’s Ark a bid to break Israel’s blockade from within

Palestinian labourers and foreign activists are working tirelessly to transform a large fishing boat into “Gaza’s Ark” with the aim of exporting local produce in the latest bid to break Israel’s blockade on the coastal strip. The Ark, which is being fitted out to carry goods and more than 100…

U.S. condemns ‘outrageous’ Tunisia assassination

The United States on Thursday condemned the assassination of a leading critic of Tunisia’s ruling Islamists, saying violence had no place in the country’s transition to democracy. Tunisian MP Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead outside his home Thursday in the second such slaying this year, with fingers again pointed at…

Four more women accuse San Diego mayor of sexual misconduct

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Four more women, including a retired U.S. Navy admiral and a college dean, came forward on Thursday to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, as local party leaders called on him to resign. The latest allegations leveled at…

Women in combat no later than 2016: Pentagon

Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan 2012 file photo. Women…  …

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