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Toyota recalls 803,000 vehicles to fix water leak risk

Toyota said Thursday it was recalling 803,000 vehicles in the United States to fix a problem with air conditioning equipment that could cause a leak that could affect air bags. Toyota said the recall was for model years 2012 and 2013 of its Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and…

California Lt. Gov. Newsom will lead pot legalization study

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will lead a panel that will study how the state can legalize and regulate marijuana use, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. Newsom and the California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced on Thursday that Newsom’s group, comprised of legal and…

Brazil could allow churches to discriminate against LGBT people

Brazil’s congressional commission on human rights and minorities has approved a text that if approved by lawmakers would grant the Church a legal right to reject gay marriage. Same sex marriage is legal in the giant nation following a federal court ruling earlier this year, and same sex partnerships have…

Romanian villagers force Chevron to suspend fracking operation

US energy giant Chevron said Thursday it has suspended shale gas test drilling in northeastern Romania after three days of protests by villagers opposed to fracking. “Chevron can today confirm it has suspended activities in Silistea, Pungesti commune, Vaslui county,” a press release read. The move comes a day after…

Skull discovery suggests early man was single species

A stunningly well-preserved skull from 1.8 million years ago offers new evidence that early man was a single species with a vast array of different looks, researchers said Thursday. With a tiny brain about a third the size of a modern human’s, protruding brows and jutting jaws like an ape,…

Court awards Gucci $144 million in U.S. counterfeit trial

Gucci on Thursday welcomed a US court’s decision to award the global fashion empire $144.2 million in damages from online sellers of counterfeit merchandise. A list of 155 domain names, sued for selling and promoting counterfeit Gucci merchandise, were ordered to shut down or surrender to Gucci within 30 days.…

Al Gore says he tried to buy Twitter in 2009

Al Gore says he and a business partner tried unsuccessfully to buy the social media network Twitter. The former vice president said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg TV that he and partner Joel Hyatt tried buy the microblogging service while they still owned a stake in Current TV. “They…

Federal workers head back to their jobs as government shutdown finally ends

Cups of coffee in hand, Washington bureaucrats went back to work Thursday to a glad-handing welcome from Vice President Joe Biden as tourists eagerly thronged the US capital’s reopened museums. “It was hard not knowing when I was going back to work,” said a young woman in the uniform of…

Indonesian court jails fourth Chevron employee over corruption

An Indonesian court Thursday jailed an employee of US energy giant Chevron, after three of his colleagues were imprisoned over a case that has raised alarm among foreign investors in the country. Bachtiar Abdul Fatah, a former general manager at Chevron’s Indonesian subsidiary, was sentenced to two years’ prison for…

Zero-tolerance strikes again: School suspends student indefinitely for cartoonish drawing of bomb

School Suspends Student Indefinitely For A Drawing Of A Cartoon Bomb He Made At Home (via Techdirt) I don’t even know what to say about the following. Is there some sort of secret contest going on between administrators to see who can come up with the most ridiculous interpretation of…

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