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Accused California serial killer to represent himself

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A photographer accused of killing four northern California women whose first and last names began with the same letter was given permission on Friday to act as his own attorney as the case proceeds. Joseph Naso, 77, told Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet in…

Evolution in reverse: insects recover lost ‘wings’

PARIS — The extravagant headgear of small bugs called treehoppers are in fact wing-like appendages that grew back 200 million years after evolution had supposedly cast them aside, according to a study published Thursday in Nature. That’s probably shocking news if you are an entomologist, and challenges some very basic…

The 5 craziest conspiracy theories on bin Laden’s death

With word of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden’s death whipping up celebrations across America, another cross-section of people are doing their best to convince the public that it’s simply not true. While it is the case that the U.S. government has not yet released photos of bin Laden’s body —…

Former Miss USA winner: TSA agent ‘touched my vagina’

Former Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo says she was “molested” by TSA workers. During a stopover at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, agents required Castillo to undergo an invasive pat down after she chose to opt out of a full body scan. “I’m a frequent flyer and don’t wish to be…

Pope gets candid on talk show debut

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI said Friday he had no answers to suffering in the world during an unusually candid televised question-and-answer session in a first for a leader of the Catholic Church. Asked by a seven-year-old Japanese girl why she was hit by an earthquake and tsunami,…

Attractive men have long ring fingers: study

PARIS — The longer a man’s fourth or ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more likely he is to be judged attractive by women, according to a study released Wednesday. The results, published in the British Royal Society’s journal Biological Sciences, unveil intricate links between foetal exposure…

Body of US tsunami victim found on beach

LOS ANGELES – The body of a US man swept away by Japan’s tsunami when it hit California has been found on a beach, officials said Tuesday, a month after the disaster. The corpse of Dustin Douglas Weber, who disappeared when waves from the March 11 quake and tsunami hit…

Alabama executes man for 1986 double murder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – A man who kidnapped, robbed and killed an eastern Alabama couple in 1986 was executed by lethal injection on Thursday. William Glenn Boyd, 45, was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. local time at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, just hours after his last-minute request…

Closing Iraq ‘torture prison’ not enough: HRW

BAGHDAD — The closure of a Baghdad detention facility at the centre of torture allegations is insufficient and authorities must probe and prosecute anyone implicated in the abuse, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. “Closing torture prison won’t end abuse,” the New York-based rights watchdog headlined a statement referring to…

Airport body scanners not a health risk: study

WASHINGTON – Full-body scanners used to secure airports, about 1,000 of which will be deployed across the United States by year’s end, do not pose health risks, a study released has found. The University of California study appearing in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” found that a traveler would have…

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