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Republicans confirm activist who thinks abortion causes cancer to lifetime federal judge appointment

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Senate Republicans have just confirmed Wendy Vitter, a highly controversial anti-abortion activist, to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench in Louisiana.

Vitter believes abortion causes cancer, and “promoted a brochure that links birth control to ‘violent death,'” as Vanity Fair reports.

During her confirmation hearing Vitter refused to say if she believes the U.S. Supreme Court case that codified the concept that “separate but equal” is not equal, was decided correctly. Ironically, perhaps, the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education is Friday.

Vitter is more commonly known as being the wife of former GOP Senator David Vitter, and standing beside him in 2007 as he confessed to having been caught in a prostitution scandal.

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Before that, as Louisiana’s The Advocate reports, Wendy Vitter “proclaimed to reporters in 2000 while responding President Bill Clinton’s affair scandal that she would be ‘a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary,’ referring to the Virginia woman who infamously severed her husband’s penis in 1993.”

The Advocate also notes that the American Bar Association “rated Vitter as ‘qualified’ but with a mark noting that the 15-member judicial panel wasn’t unanimous in that assessment and at least a minority of the group found her to be unqualified.”

The final Senate vote early Thursday afternoon was 52-45.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report

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The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.

It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.

"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.

"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.

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Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo

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Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.

Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.

In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.

But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."

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Threatened and endangered species among the animals hard by Australia’s bushfires

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Australia's bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.

Wildlife experts worry that more than a billion animals have perished in the unprecedented wave of bushfires that have ravaged eastern and southern Australia for months.

Twenty-eight people died in the blazes, which have swept through an area larger than Portugal.

Officials say it will take weeks to assess the exact toll as many fire grounds remain too dangerous to inspect.

But the government's Department of the Environment and Energy on Monday issued a preliminary list of threatened species of plants, animals and insects which have seen more than 10 percent of their known habitat affected.

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