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U.S. man gets 17 years prison on terror charges

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A US District judge sentenced a Boston man to 17.5 years in federal prison Thursday on charges of plotting to kill Americans by joining militants in Yemen and spreading Al-Qaeda publicity. US District Judge George O’Toole delivered his sentence to Tarek Mehanna, 29, after a two-hour hearing.…

Video reveals teen’s electro-shock torture at Massachusetts school

A video that a school in Massachusetts has fought in court for years to keep under wraps was played in public for the first time this week, revealing the torture of a disabled boy through the use of repeated electric shocks. The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Caton, Massachusetts has…

Man arrested for biting ear of youth basketball coach

An angry parent in Springfield, Massachusetts punched the winning coach and bit a piece of his ear off at his son’s sixth grade basketball game last Friday. According to USA Today, 34-year-old Timothy Forbes turned himself in to police Monday afternoon for his attack on the unidentified coach at the…

Facebook asked to change policies after man posts pictures of a woman’s rape

Julia Helene didn’t know that she had been the victim of a crime… until pictures of it were posted on Facebook under a fake profile created in her name. Helene told police in September 2010 that another friend showed her the pictures, and they eventually arrested Reid Jones, a chef…

Romney: ‘I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday tried to convince attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to vote for him by reminding them of his “severely conservative” record, including preventing Massachusetts from becoming “the Las Vegas of gay marriage.” “History will record the Obama presidency as last gasp…

Nine-year-old girl gets six-organ transplant

NEW YORK, USA — A nine-year-old girl is making what doctors described as a remarkable recovery Sunday, days after surgeons transplanted six of her organs in a groundbreaking medical procedure. The surgery performed last Tuesday on young Alannah Shevenell, sought to remove an aggressive cancerous growth festering since 2008, and…

Videos, newspapers, and pills in school!

Marc and I have started a new video series for RH Reality Check, and I’m hoping all you bloggers out there who write about these issues can bookmark it and use it as a tool. The idea is to take on some controversial areas in reproductive rights and health—especially places…

Family values – from Massachusetts to California

It’s a landmark day as gay and lesbians couples will be able to marry in the Golden State starting at 5:01 PM PT. Here is a “California Marriage 101” primer. CBS has released a poll (full results here) on support for marriage equality: * 30% say same-sex couples should be…

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