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Top Bush adviser defends using nuclear weapons on civilians

Update at bottom: If asked to OK crushing child’s testicles I’d resign, Yoo admits The senior Justice Department legal adviser to President Bush who made the legal case for the Bush Administration’s use of torture tactics on terror suspects defended comments that the president could unilaterally “massacre” civilians in wartime…

Study confirms link between older mothers, autism

Women over 40 are nearly twice as likely to give birth to an autistic child than a mother under 30, researchers said Monday in a study that found more evidence of links between autism and maternal age. The father’s age had nearly no impact on the child’s risk of autism…

‘We gave them away’ say parents of ‘kidnapped’ Haitians

“I would like to give up my son again,” says Anchello Cantave, a farmer here, who willingly handed over his five-year-old to US missionaries now facing charges of child abduction in Haiti’s post-quake chaos. An hour outside of the devastated Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, Callebasse is a poor town set in…

Haiti gov’t says children taken without permission

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian police detained 10 Americans on Saturday on suspicion of trying to take children out of the country without proper papers amid the chaos following the Jan. 12 earthquake.…

Missouri senator: John Edwards ‘disgusting,’ ‘has no soul’

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has some fighting words for former North Carolina Sen. and onetime presidential candidate John Edwards. You’re “disgusting.” The senator made the comments on a St. Louis radio show Tuesday. Asked what she’d do if she ran into the former trial lawyer and anti-poverty advocate, she said,…

Christian leader: ‘Satan’ has had ‘free reign’ in Haiti

The head of a Christian child sponsorship program says Haiti is a nation “that you can literally feel the evil in.” Dr. Wesley Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International, told Focus on the Family that Haiti was a disaster before the earthquake ever struck. Haiti … has been a…

Prop 8 backer’s ‘child sex’ slur used against him in trial

Opponents of California’s ban on gay marriage are using an anti-gay activist’s claims against him in a landmark gay marriage trial taking place in San Francisco. Lawyers working to have Proposition 8 — California’s ban on gay marriage — overturned as unconstitutional played a videotape of William Tam, a leading…

Taser’s new weapon: mobile phone monitoring

Stun gun maker Taser wants to help parents, not with jolts of electricity but with a tool which allows parents to effectively take over a child’s mobile phone and manage its use. “Basically we’re taking old fashioned parenting and bringing it into the mobile world,” Taser chairman and co-founder Tom…

Afghan war kills three children a day: report

KABUL — Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan, with more than 1,050 people under 18 years old killed last year alone, according to an Afghan human rights watchdog. Taliban-linked militants caused around 64 percent of all violent child deaths last year, the Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM)…

Body scanners run afoul of UK child pornography laws

It has been said that terrorism is a zero-sum game. But try telling that to the manufacturers of three dimensional body scanners, the use of which at airports worldwide is set to soar after the failed bombing of a Christmas day flight into Detroit. In the United Kingdom, however, a…

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