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Gambia to punish those who spread ‘false news’ with 15 years in prison and $100,000 fine

BANJUL (Reuters) – Gambia’s parliament has made sweeping changes to the country’s information law, introducing new legislation that threatens those who spread “false news” with 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. The government said the changes were needed to ensure stability and prevent “unpatriotic behavior” but they are…

Fertility centers report ‘misleadingly’ high success rates for IVF treatment

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fertility centers are mandated to report the number of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles they perform, but a new study suggests those data may give some practices misleadingly high success rates. Researchers looked at a database maintained by the Society for Assisted…

Snowden gets proposal tweet from ex-Cold War spy

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A tabloid says Vladimir Putin is Russia’s most eligible bachelor, but the president may have competition from an American half his age: Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport. Snowden, 30, has received a…

India budget airline switches to female-only cabin crew to save on fuel

Budget airlines are constantly on the lookout for ways to cut their fuel bills and India’s GoAir is no different. Its latest idea is to hire female-only cabin crew, refusing applications from their heavier male counterparts in a bid to limit fuel burn. The low-cost airline has calculated that the…

America celebrates 4th of July under ‘unprecedented’ security

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New…

Study finds people eat less after intense workouts

By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – High intensity workouts may curb people’s appetite shortly afterward, according to a small study. The researchers found that overweight men ate about 200 fewer calories following a vigorous workout than after rest. Some studies have shown that high intensity exercise is tied…

China’s ‘green tide’ thanks to largest-ever algae growth

The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae, ocean officials said, with vast waves of green growth washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea. Pictures showed beachgoers swimming and playing in the green tide in the eastern city of Qingdao, while bulldozers shovelled…

High-profile female police officer shot dead in Afghanistan

Gunmen on Thursday shot dead one of the most high-profile female police officers in Afghanistan, underlining the threat to women who take on public roles in the country. Lieutenant Islam Bibi was a well-known face of female advancement, but admitted to receiving regular death threats from people who disapproved of…

Statue of Liberty shakes off Sandy, reopens today

She didn’t even get her skirt wet. Yet when Hurricane Sandy caused a wall of harbor water to wash over her island home, Lady Liberty was forced to close up shop for months. She reopens to visitors today amid fanfare — visiting dignitaries, fireworks…  …

Promising new system developed to harness ocean current energy

Ocean currents are a very promising-looking source of renewable energy, but the technology for capturing ocean current energy and using it to create electricity hasn’t matured yet. However, that may soon change — a new ocean current harnessing system…  …

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