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Oklahoma 4th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making it the fourth state to ban such late term abortions. She also signed a law preventing health insurers from covering elective abortions. Fallin, a Republican serving her…

World’s oldest man Walter Bruening dies at 114

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Walter Bruening, a retired railworker who was the world’s oldest man, has died in the US state of Montana at the age of 114. Breuning died Thursday of natural causes at a Great Falls hospital, Stacia Kirby, spokeswoman for the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home where he…

Damage from BP oil spill lingers a year later

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – The worst maritime oil spill in history began nearly a year ago with a drop in pressure in a poorly drilled well deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It hasn’t really ended even though BP’s runaway well was eventually capped 87 days later. As crews…

Australian who threw daughter from bridge gets life sentence

An Australian man who tossed his daughter from a central city bridge in front of her two young brothers and horrified peak-hour motorists was on Monday jailed for life. Arthur Freeman, 37, was convicted of murdering four-year-old Darcey by throwing her from Melbourne’s West Gate bridge on January 29, 2009 amid a…

NY serial killer could be a cop: investigators

Echoing the popular TV show Showtime, Dexter, in which a cop leads a double life as a serial killer, New York cops think the serial killer who has murdered at least four women may be a former or current law enforcement official, the New York Times reports. Investigators say that…

Schwarzenegger: Politics and entertainment are very similar

PARIS (Reuters Life!) – To hear Arnold Schwarzenegger explain the unlikely course of his life as an actor and politician, success boils down to two factors: living in theUnited States and being a man of the people. The Austrian-born Schwarzenegger, who came to the United States at the age of 21, started his career as…

Japanese crisis inspires U.S. Mormons to undergo survival training

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – While the nuclear crisis in Japan unfolds a continent away, Mormon-dominated communities in the western United States say the disaster overseas is bringing close to home a lesson about preparing for the worst. Emergency planning and the long-term storage of food, water and medical supplies are…

Navy decides not to fire openly gay sailor

Although the military’s discriminatory gay ban is still in effect, at least one sailor will be keeping his job. The Navy Administrative Separation Board Thursday recommend that 26-year-old Petty Officer Second Class Derek Morado not be fired even though he disclosed that he was gay on his MySpace page. “I’m…

Breaking: Geraldine A. Ferraro, first female VP candidate, dies at age 75

Geraldine A. Ferraro died Saturday morning of complications related to blood cancer, according to a statement released by her family. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1998, and lived with the cancer for 12 years. She was 75 years old when she passed. Ferraro was the first female vice…

Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars

(Reuters) – Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and…

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