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‘Air-conditioned clothes’ help Japan beat heat

As jackets go it looks far from fashionable, but its Japanese maker cannot meet sky-rocketing demand for “air conditioned” coats with built-in fans. Kuchofuku Co. Ltd — whose name literally means “air-conditioned clothing” — has seen orders soar amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and…

Muslim sues Abercrombie after being fired for wearing hijab

NEW YORK — A US Muslim woman sued Abercrombie & Fitch on Monday, accusing the clothing retailer of firing her for refusing to remove her religious head scarf, a Muslim advocacy group said. Hani Khan of San Mateo, California, alleged that store managers had told her to remove her hijab…

Scientists sequence genome of the human louse

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the body louse, offering insights into human biology and insect evolution that could help detach us from our inseparable, blood-sucking companions. The study, published on Monday in the official journal of America’s National Academy of Sciences, showed the louse had the smallest genome of…

Bill O’Reilly compares transgendered people to Ewoks

The controversial conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly is at it again. Speaking Tuesday night on The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly likened transgendered people to Ewoks. The remark was first noted by the blog Queers United. O’Reilly was speaking about a policy change made by Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters, which agreed…

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