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Texas hospital forbids husband of brain-dead, pregnant wife to remove her from life support

A Texas man who wants his pregnant wife removed from life-support is being thwarted by hospital officials who insist that Texas law states they must continue to care for her. Under Texas law, “[a] person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.” Crucially…

Scientists retracing the footsteps of 1911 Antarctic expedition trapped in ice

Icebreaker ships go to help MV Akademik Shokalskiy after captain issues distress call A team of scientists and members of the public who have been retracing the footsteps of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911 have become trapped in heavy ice a few miles from the coast of Antarctica.…

U.S. Marines deployed to Uganda for evacuation of Americans from South Sudan

The US military on Tuesday deployed a small team of marines to Uganda to prepare for possible further evacuations of Americans from violence-wracked South Sudan, officials said. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said a “platoon-sized” contingent of marines and a C-130 aircraft had been detached from a deployment in Djibouti…

Raw Story’s five biggest anti-LGBT A-holes of 2013

It was a big year for bigots of all stripes, but particularly for anti-LGBT bigots. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down 1996′s federal anti-LGBT statute — the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — and declare California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional inspired America’s anti-LGBT jerkwads to a whole new level…

85 percent of Chinese state media poll respondents say Mao Zedong’s achievements outweigh his mistakes

More than 85 percent of respondents in a Chinese state media survey said that Mao Zedong’s achievements outweigh his mistakes, as the country prepares to mark 120 years since the “Great Helmsman’s” birth. Mao’s legacy remains mixed in China, where he is revered for the 1949 founding of the People’s…

Putin says new post-Soviet economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan ready for 2015 launch

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the final pieces were in place for the 2015 launch of an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan that Moscow hopes can also be joined by Ukraine. Putin promised following talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko that the…

Thousands of pilgrims bow before gold image of Mao Zedong to celebrate 120th anniversary of his birth

Thousands of admirers of Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong flocked to his home town Wednesday to bow before his graven image — including one statue of solid gold — before the 120th anniversary of his birth. Pilgrims from across the country lit firecrackers and offered flowers in Shaoshan, where Mao…

Archbishop of Canterbury laments ‘massacred’ Middle East Christians in Christmas sermon

Christians in the Middle East are being “attacked and massacred” and driven into exile, the leader of the world’s Anglicans said Wednesday in his first Christmas sermon. Justin Welby used his first Christmas Day address as Archbishop of Canterbury to remember those suffering for their faith in the cradle of…

Spiderman stages a special performance for autistic fans

IVETTE FELICIANO: This might look like a typical Saturday matinee on Broadway… But the fact that Annmarie Scotti is here with her son Nick, tells you it’s anything but… (Annmarie Scotti: “Hey Nick, you ready?”) IVETTE FELICIANO: And tickets…  …

Four-star general screams at reporter working on Snowden documents

Pretty much everyone who’s seen the movie “A Few Good Men,” (and probably many of you who haven’t even seen the movie) are familiar with the famous “you can’t handle the truth!” scene in which Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson explodes at Tom…  …

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