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Colorado medical marijuana patient wins unemployment benefits

A Colorado man who was fired from his job after testing positive for medical marijuana properly obtained under state law has won an appeal that grants him full unemployment benefits, in spite of his former employer’s objections. Lauro Sosa’s claim for unemployment benefits was filed against the Swift Beef Company,…

North Korean cyber attacks against U.S. and South Korea ‘a test run’

SAN FRANCISCO — Cyber attacks on US and South Korean military websites in March may have been a test by North Korea or sympathizers, according to a report released Tuesday by computer security firm McAfee. “The combination of technical sophistication juxtaposed with relatively limited execution and myopic outcome is analogous…

IVF and Down’s syndrome: New test raises questions

A test designed to spot chromosome abnormalities in eggs could be a “revolution” in fertility, helping older women determine their chances of having an IVF baby, doctors said on Monday. But in developing the test, they added, worrying evidence emerged that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) may boost the risk of a…

UK conducted ‘virginity tests’ on immigrants

Recently uncovered United Kingdom Home Office documents show that the British government hid how often it subjected female immigrants hoping to enter the country to “virginity tests.” The documents, discovered by Australian legal academics Dr. Marinella Marmo and Dr. Evan Smith, suggest that at least 80 south Asian women underwent…

Fla. lawmakers require drug tests for welfare recipients

A bill that would require all Florida welfare recipients to pass a drug test is on its way to the governor’s mansion, where it is expected to be signed into law immediately. Fla. lawmakers passed the bill Thursday, buoyed by strong support from Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott, who’s called…

DNA test on bin Laden shows 100 percent match to family

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DNA tests on the body of Osama bin Laden showed a virtual 100 percent match to relatives, and a woman believed to be his wife also identified him by name, a senior U.S. intelligence official told reporters on Monday. The United States was now reviewing a large cache of materials seized at…

Online anonymity icon dislikes Facebook model

AUSTIN, Texas – The founder of Internet anonymity haven 4chan thinks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is mistaken when it comes to online identities. Remaining unknown online frees people to blaze ahead with creative endeavors they might otherwise shy away from for fear of being embarrassed, Christopher “moot” Poole said at…

EU plans ‘stress test’ of all nuclear reactors

Concern over a nuclear crisis developing in Japan has led the European Union to agree to “stress test” all of their nuclear reactors. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Tuesday that “there was a general agreement” to conduct the stress tests. “Nobody spoke against the stress test proposal,” he said.…

PepsiCo develops recyclable, plant-based bottle

CHICAGO (Reuters) – PepsiCo Inc has developed a bottle made from plant-based, renewable resources that is fully recyclable, and will start using it in a test program next year. The company’s new “green” bottle is currently being made from materials such as switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. In…

McCain, Lieberman urge Obama to recognize Libyan opposition

Two influential US senators Monday filed a resolution calling for President Barack Obama to recognize the Libyan opposition force battling against the regime of Moamer Kadhafi. The resolution, which does not carry the weight of becoming law if passed, also urges Obama to support a proposed no-fly zone over Libya…

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