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Gaddafi loses control of swathes of east Libya

TOBRUK, Libya – Moamer Kadhafi’s regime has lost vast swathes of Libya’s east to an insurrection, it emerged Wednesday, as the West prepared for a mass exodus from a “bloodbath” in the north African country. With condemnation of the brutal crackdown growing and foreigners fleeing the oil-rich country, Kadhafi was…

DC bill would ease access to birth control pills

WASHINGTON – A new bill introduced in the DC council would allow women to buy birth control pills over the counter without a doctor’s prescription, according to the Washington Post. The measure, put forth by DC Council member David Catania, would end a long-running law in this city that requires…

China prohibits smoking in movies, television

China has ordered that smoking scenes in films and television series be restricted, amid concern it is failing to deliver on pledges to help its 300 million smokers kick the habit. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China’s media watchdog, called for “strict control” of smoking scenes…

Suicide risk rises after run-ins with law, study says

WASHINGTON — People who have had run-ins with the law, even if they were never jailed, show a higher risk of committing suicide, said a study released Monday. The research, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association, examined records in Denmark and found…

‘Stuxnet’ worm could cause ‘Chernobyl-like disaster’ in Iran, intel assessment warns

A recent Russian intelligence assessment warned that the “Stuxnet” computer worm that’s embedded itself into Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant could cause a “Chernobyl-like disaster” should the site be switched on. The document was obtained exclusively by the Associated Press, which cited Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s envoy to NATO, as worrying…

Britain rolls back some unpopular post-9/11 security restrictions

Britain’s government announced Wednesday that it was overturning some of their unpopular anti-terrorism laws. The measures, put in place after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were widely thought to be some of the toughest in the West. A review published by British Home Secretary Theresa May acknowledged that the…

NY mayor, rights leader urge gun control

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the son of Martin Luther King Jr, and a string of shooting victims entered a burning national debate over gun rights Monday with a call for stricter controls. “Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns — and most of them are purchased or possessed…

No shift for US gun control after Tucson shooting

WASHINGTON — There has been no major shift in US public opinion about the role of guns in America after the shooting of a US member of congress in Arizona, according to a poll out Wednesday. A Pew Research Center poll showed that 49 percent of people polled say it…

Ron Paul: Gun control push after Tucson massacre is ‘despicable’

‘Guns and violence are a fact of life,’ Texas Rep. insists Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul assailed as “nonsensical” the recent attempts at stiffening gun control laws in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six and left thirteen injured In an op-ed for The Hill published…

Schumer: Congress doesn’t have the votes for gun control

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday that Congress lacks the necessary votes to stiffen gun laws, dampening the hopes of various gun-control bills proposed in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings. “Let’s be honest here — there haven’t been the votes in the Congress for gun control,” Schumer said on…

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