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Teacher fired over claims third graders had oral sex

A teacher in Louisiana has been fired because two third-grade students reportedly had oral sex in her classroom. Madison Parish Schools Superintendent Lisa Wilmore said that the dismissal took place after an investigation at Tallulah Elementary School where the teacher works, according to The News Star. “These kids were allegedly…

Las Vegas bets on desert water pipeline as Nevada drinks itself dry

There was a time during the cold war when the Pentagon wanted to bury hundreds of nuclear missiles in the vast emptiness of Nevada, in case the United States came under attack from the Soviet Union. In a 21st-century version of an existential struggle in the desert, the city of…

U.S. backs Dartmouth College president for World Bank chief

The United States is nominating the president of Dartmouth College, Korean-born Jim Yong Kim, to head the World Bank, a US official said Friday. The successful candidate in the race will succeed World Bank president Robert Zoellick, who announced in February he was stepping down at the end of his…

Geraldo Rivera: Hoodie ‘allowed’ Zimmerman to kill Martin

Update (below): Geraldo’s own son ‘ashamed’ of him Fox News host Geraldo Rivera thinks he knows who or what is to blame for the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin: the hoodie did it. Appearing on Fox News early Friday morning, Rivera conceded that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who…

Afghan relatives demand local trial for US shooter

Relatives of Afghans killed in a shooting massacre demanded Friday a public trial in Afghanistan for a US soldier expected to be formally charged with 17 counts of murder. US officials have said that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 38, will also be accused of six counts of assault and attempted…

23 states that have sweeping self-defense laws just like Florida’s

By Cora Currier, ProPublica “Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First,” “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While local prosecutors have not arrested the shooter, George Zimmerman, the case is now being investigated…

Trayvon Martin case ‘not as conclusive as people think’, says legal expert

Defence attorney explains how lack of forensic evidence would complicate potential prosecution of George Zimmerman Florida prosecutors face significant hurdles building a case against the man who killed Trayvon Martin, a legal expert has told the Guardian. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University and a defence attorney, said…

U.S. soldier to be charged with 17 Afghan murders

WASHINGTON — A US soldier will be charged with 17 counts of murder stemming from the killings of civilians in a rampage in southern Afghanistan, a US official said Thursday. The official, confirming the murder charges on condition of anonymity, also said Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales would be charged…

House votes to repeal part of Obama health care law

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a key measure of US President Barack Obama’s health care reform, a symbolic move on the historic law’s second anniversary. The bill, adopted by lawmakers 223-181, including seven Democrats, would scrap a 15-member panel established to control costs for…

HHS: Health reform to provide coverage for 13 million uninsured women

Data released Thursday by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius showed that 13 million uninsured women will gain coverage by 2016 thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Even though millions more women will have insurance coverage, an estimated 14.7 million women will remain uninsured. In addition, insurance…

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