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FDA orders Google founder’s ex-wife’s startup to stop selling DNA analysis kit

US health officials have ordered a startup headed by the ex-wife of a Google co-founder to halt a service of DNA testing to determine health risks. The Food and Drug Administration said in a warning letter made public Monday to the company, 23andMe, that its “saliva collection kit and personal…

Kuwaiti woman gets death sentence for murdering maid

Kuwait’s supreme court upheld Monday a death sentence against a woman for murdering her Filipina maid after torturing her, and confirmed a 10-year sentence on her disabled husband. The ruling is final and cannot be challenged but could be commuted to a life term by the ruler of the Gulf…

Tunisian rapper and journalist each get suspended jail terms for protest-related charges

A Tunisian court Monday handed suspended four-month prison sentences to a Tunisian rapper and a journalist accused of insulting public officials, and acquitted another musician, their lawyer told AFP. “This is an initial victory, because they risked a year and six months in prison,” Ghazi Mrabet said, adding that he…

Former Italian PM Berlusconi requests trial review ahead of Senate expulsion

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi on Monday requested a review of his tax fraud trial head of a vote this week that will likely force him from parliament for the first time in 20 years and make him vulnerable to arrest. The three-time former prime minister and billionaire tycoon warned fellow senators…

Honduras leftists accuses ruling party of fraud after latest elections

Political tension loomed over violence-torn Honduras on Monday as the conservative candidate led the early count in presidential elections while his leftist opponents claimed fraud. Juan Orlando Hernandez, of the ruling right-wing National Party, declared himself the winner with 34 percent of the vote, after 54 percent of ballots were…

Pope Francis meets with Putin to discuss the Syria conflict

The Vatican said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis on Monday discussed the need for talks to resolve the Syria conflict, as international officials met in Geneva to discuss a date for a peace conference. The two leaders talked about the urgent need “to promote concrete initiatives for a…

‘Ghost-hunters’ allegedly burn down historic Louisiana plantation

On Saturday, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested seven men for the fire that destroyed the historic LeBeau Plantation House in Arabi. The plantation is famous for its ghostly presence, most notably a woman in a white dress. It is also rumored to have been the site of some…

Yale University on lockdown as police search for alleged gunman

Yale University announced Monday it was on lockdown following reports of an armed person on the loose at one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. A series of alerts on its website ordered all staff and students to shelter in place until further notice, as teams of…

Karl Rove’s dark money group spent more on politics than it reported to the IRS

On its 2012 tax return, GOP strategist Karl Rove’s dark money behemoth Crossroads GPS justified its status as a tax-exempt social welfare group in part by citing its grants of $35 million to other similarly aligned nonprofits. (Here’s the tax return itself, which we detailed last week.) The return, signed…

Woman sues officer who repeatedly applied mace to her genitals

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Marlene Tapia against Blanca Zapater, the corrections officer that Tapia alleges subjected her to cruel and unusual punishment while violating her right to due process. According to the suit, on November 22, 2011,…

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