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Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian dies at 83

DETROIT (Reuters) – Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, known as “Dr. Death” for helping more than 100 people end their lives, died early on Friday at age 83, his lawyer said. Kevorkian died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks with…

Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington dead at 94

MEXICO CITY — British-born Leonora Carrington, the Surrealist artist who ran off with Max Ernst and escaped from a mental hospital before fleeing Nazi Europe, has died in Mexico at age 94, officials said Thursday. Carrington, who became a national treasure in Mexico where her sculptures adorn the capital’s largest…

World’s oldest panda, 34, dies in China

BEIJING (AFP) – Ming Ming, the world’s oldest panda, has died of old age, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. She was 34. Ming Ming was rescued in Pingwu country in the southwest province Sichuan in 1977 and had resided in Xiangjiang Wild Animal World, a safari park in southern…

‘Brave New World’ the third most censored book in America, librarians say

Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World placed third in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010. The most common reason the futuristic novel, written by the British author in 1931 and published in 1932, was requested to be restricted or…

Archeologists unearth first-ever ‘gay caveman’ skeleton

Archeologists say they’ve made a unique discovery in the Czech Republic: remains of a human male from the Copper Age, who was buried in a way traditionally only reserved for females who were part of the Corded Ware culture. To them, this means they’ve unearthed the first-ever “gay caveman.” “From…

‘Thicker arteries’ in men who take antidepressants

NEW ORLEANS — Men who take antidepressants are more likely to have thickening of the arteries and higher heart and stroke risks than those who do not, said a study of middle-aged male twins. The difference translates to about a four-year age gap, making the twin taking the pills physically…

No Facebook for Malia, Sasha: Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha won’t be on Facebook anytime soon, First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday. “I’m not a big fan of young kids having Facebook. It’s not something they need. It’s not necessary,” Obama told the NBC Today Show, revealing that neither girl has…

Hunters may have delivered fatal blow to mammoths

During the last Ice Age, shaggy mammoths, woolly rhinos and bison lumbered across northern Siberia. Then, about 10,000 years ago — in the span of a geological heartbeat, or a few hundred years — the last of them disappeared. Many scientists believe a dramatic shift in climate drove these giant…

Turnout among young voters: 20 percent

Only about one in five people under the age of 30 voted in the mid-term elections Tuesday, says a study based on exit polls. The poor turnout among youth likely had some effect on the outcome of most races, but nowhere was this more dramatically highlighted than in the California…

Jordan unearths 3,000-year-old Iron Age temple

Archaeologists in Jordan have unearthed a 3,000-year-old Iron Age temple with a trove of figurines of ancient deities and circular clay vessels used for religious rituals, officials said Wednesday. The head of the Jordanian Antiquities Department, Ziad al-Saad, said the sanctuary dates to the eighth century B.C. and was discovered…

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