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Obama defends drug war, suggests fewer incarcerations of nonviolent offenders

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Thursday said America’s long-running prohibition of drugs serves an important purpose, but advocated for “shifting resources” away from incarcerations of “nonviolent, first time drug offenders.” “I think this is an entirely legitimate topic for debate,” Obama said from the White House during an interview…

Denmark ‘lobotomized mentally handicapped’ until 1983: historian

COPENHAGEN — Many mentally handicapped Danes, including children, were lobotomised between 1947 and 1983, and many died from the operation, a historian behind a soon-to-be-published book on the topic told Danish media Thursday. “Doctors did not count on curing them completely, but wanted to pacify them, perhaps to better their…