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Occupy Oakland protesters awarded $1 million over police brutality

Victims of excessive police force at one of the most violent flashpoints of the Occupy protests have received a $1m compensation settlement. The US district court in San Francisco made the award to a group of 12 protesters who complained of brutality during in confrontations with police in Oakland, California,…

Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects

Marriage between first cousins doubles the risk of children being born with birth defects, according to a study seeking answers to the higher than expected rates of deaths and congenital abnormalities in the babies of the Pakistani community. Researchers have concluded that the cultural practice of marriage between first cousins…

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan released from home confinement

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was released Wednesday morning from home confinement, after serving more than five years in prison on corruption charges. Ryan, 79, now must spend a year under court supervision. On January 30, Ryan was released from federal prison to home…

A look at Egypt’s new interim president: Adly Mansour

Egypt’s new caretaker president Adly Mansour had been head of the Supreme Constitutional Court for just two days when the army named him leader of the Arab world’s most populous state. He takes the helm of a nation riven by deep divisions over the army’s ouster of its first freely…

ACLU and others seek to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and others on Tuesday asked the state’s Supreme Court to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage. The ACLU was joined by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Albuquerque law firm Sutin, Thayer & Brown PC and Albuquerque attorneys Maureen Sanders,…

Senator Patrick Leahy: ‘Our law is clear,’ U.S. must cut off aid to Egypt

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday the United States was required by law to cut aid to Egypt following a coups d’etat. “The Morsi government has been a great disappointment to the people of Egypt, and to all who wish Egypt a successful transition…

U.S. State Department spent $630,000 to ‘buy’ Facebook fans

The US State Department was Wednesday under fire for spending $630,000 over two years to win millions of “likes” on its Facebook pages at a time of severe government austerity measures. A scathing report by the department’s independent watchdog took the coordinators of its social media outreach policy to task…

Scientists in Japan create human liver tissue from stem cells

Scientists in Japan said Wednesday they had grown human liver tissue from stem cells in a first that holds promise for alleviating the critical shortage of donor organs. Creating lab-grown tissue to replenish organs damaged by accident or disease is a Holy Grail for the pioneering field of research into…

New Jersey Democrats push to legalize same-sex marriage

Democrats in the New Jersey Senate on Tuesday announced they planned to override Republican Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a marriage equality bill. “This should not be a partisan issue. In fact, rarely are issues so clear and void of middle ground: you either believe everyone should be treated the…

Analysis: Could the U.S. delay Obamacare’s mandate for individuals, too?

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama can expect mounting pressure to make new concessions on healthcare reform, especially the requirement that all Americans obtain insurance, after delaying penalties for businesses for the first year of his plan. The U.S. Treasury said late on Tuesday it would grant…

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