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Controversial 'Rape Insurance' Bill to Cover Abortions Passed By Michigan 

The Michigan Legislature has passed a ban on abortion coverage in private and public insurance plans, requiring women to buy an extra policy before becoming pregnant. The bill provides no exception for rape, incest, or fetal anomalies.

Obama Advisers Recommend NSA Overhaul After Surveillance Scandal - Report 
A White House-appointed task force is to recommend an overhaul of the National Security Agency, including changing the controversial bulk phone record collection and giving it civilian leadership, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
This Is Not a Movement You Are Going to Stop' - Connecticut Governor Signs First GMO Labeling Law in US 
The governor of Connecticut hosted a ceremonial signing outside an organic restaurant in the city of Fairfield on Wednesday to commemorate the state's passing of what could be the first GMO labeling law of its type in the United States.

FDA to Curb Antibiotic Use in Livestock 
The US food safety regulator is moving to phase out some use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to curb growing antibiotic resistance in human disease.

Oil Begins to Flow Through Southern Portion of Keystone XL Pipeline 
TransCanada has begun pumping oil into the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, a company spokesman announced on Tuesday. However, it remains to be seen whether President Obama will actually approve the project.
Yellowstone Supervolcano 'Even More Colossal' 
The supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.
Child 'Training' Book Triggers Backlash 
A child-raising book that advocates whipping with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies to evangelical Christians.
70 Percent of California Doctors Plan to Boycott Obamacare Exchanges 
About 70 percent of California's 104,000 doctors are reportedly planning to stay out of the state's health insurance exchange, a move that could have significant impact on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
US Government Lost Around $10bn on GM Bailout 
The US government has sold its remaining shares in General Motors, leaving it with a loss of around $10bn (£6bn) on the bailout of the car maker.
US Internet Giants Demand Sweeping Changes to Spy Laws in Open Letter to Obama 
The world's leading technology companies have addressed Washington in an open letter to demand a radical overhaul of surveillance laws, an international ban of bulk data collection and for the US to lead the way in restoring trust in the internet.

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General Who Opened Guantanamo Prison Urges for Shut-Down in 2014

The American general in charge of opening the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba has come out in favor of closing the facility, declaring, "the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong."
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Noting now! and bumping to top of group

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Lawmakers Overseeing NSA Receive Millions From Private Intelligence Contractors 

US President Obama said last week that reforming the NSA in the midst of a major surveillance scandal could restore confidence in the government. Newly revealed connections between Congress and the private sector, however, may not do the same.
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CIA Probe Into Bay of Pigs Should Be Kept Secret - Obama Admin 

Over 50 years after the Bay of Pigs invasion went awry, the US federal government is still attempting to keep secrets about the failed overthrow of the Cuban government, with an Obama administration lawyer arguing this week to keep a document classified.
Why Border Lines Drawn With a Ruler in WW1 Still Rock the Middle East 
A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East.
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Federal Judge Says NSA's Phone Surveillance Program Is Likely Unconstitutional 

A federal court judge in Washington, DC ruled Monday that the United States National Security Agency's controversial practice of routinely collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans may run afoul of the US Constitution.
White House Rejects Amnesty for Edward Snowden 
The White House has ruled out the idea of an amnesty for fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Syria Crisis: UN Launches Record $6.5bn Aid Appeal 
The United Nations has announced its biggest ever appeal, seeking $6.5bn (£4bn; 4.7bn euros) for humanitarian aid to Syria.

Afghanistan Mission Accomplished, Says David Cameron 
UK troops can come home from Afghanistan knowing it was mission accomplished, David Cameron has said as he visited the country.
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NSA Leaks: UK and US Spying Targets Revealed

More details of people and institutions targeted by UK and US surveillance have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel.
Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans, Study Suggests
An analysis of a Neanderthal's hyoid bone - a horseshoe shaped structure in the neck - suggests they had the ability to speak.
Florida Couple Forced to Uproot Their 17-Year-Old Organic Garden
After 17 years of managing an organic vegetable garden in their front yard, a Miami Shores, Florida couple was forced to remove it due to a zoning violation.
Coroner Calls Inmate's Death Homicide, Deputies Insist It's Suicide
A prison inmate's death in Brown County, Ohio has officials debating whether or not it was actually a homicide.
Ex-CIA Chief: Amnesty for Snowden Idiotic, He 'Should Be Hanged By His Neck'
A former head of the Central Intelligence Agency has said that anyone thinking about granting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden amnesty is out of their mind and that Snowden should be "hanged" if he is ever convicted of treason.
Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Human Hormone Functions, Study Claims
Researchers at the University of Missouri and the United States Geological Survey say that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could be causing serious hormonal disorders in humans.
NSA's Goal Is Elimination of Individual Privacy Worldwide - Greenwald to EU
The NSA's ultimate goal is to destroy individual privacy worldwide, working with its UK sidekick GCHQ, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned an EU inquiry, adding that they were far ahead of their rivals in their "ability to destroy privacy.
Ban Monkeys and Apes as Pets, Says Mark Pritchard MP
An MP calling for a ban on apes and monkeys as pets said it was not about winning votes, but "doing the right thing by our planet, right thing by the animal kingdom".
Multivitamins Have No Health Benefits and Could Be Harmful, Researchers Claim
Three out of three new doctor studies agree: Multivitamin and mineral supplements are a waste of money.
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all caught up 

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On the Road With the Slavery Hunters

Brazil has done more than most nations to tackle modern-day slavery. Inspectors have rescued more than 45,000 people in 30 years. But Brazil's definition of slavery is 
US Hits Bin Laden's Son-in-Law With New Conspiracy Charges
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is facing two new conspiracy charges in his impending trial, as US prosecutors have reportedly linked him to the 2001 Al-Qaeda shoe bomber 
Report Justifies EPA Decision on Fracking Despite Agency's Bow to Industry
A 2010 US Environmental Protection Agency order for a gas drilling company in Texas to clean its tainted water wells was justified, the agency's inspector general has determined. The EPA rescinded the order in 2012 after the company protested.
NSA Leaks: Snowden Declares 'Mission Accomplished'
Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of US electronic surveillance programmes, says he achieved his aim.
US Marines En Route to South Sudan to Help Possible Evacuation - Reports
Approximately 150 US Marines are making their way to the Horn of Africa in the likelihood that they will be ultimately sent to South Sudan in order to evacuate Americans and protect the US Embassy in the war-torn nation, according to various reports.
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All noted

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Calls to Relax Hunting Restrictions in Wales 

There are calls to relax hunting restrictions and allow packs of dogs to flush out foxes on hill farms in Wales. The current law only allows two dogs to be used.

A Slave to No Man: Boxer Jack Johnson's Fight Against Inequality 
Jack Johnson made history in 1908 by becoming the first black world heavyweight boxing champion.Five years later, he was convicted by an all-white jury of crossing state lines with a white woman for "immoral purposes"
Fox Hunts To Ride Out For Boxing Day Meets 
Thousands of supporters are expected to attend Boxing Day hunts across the UK today as a poll shows 80% of people remain opposed to hunting with dogs for sport.
Diabetes Risk Gene 'From Neanderthals' 
A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been inherited from Neanderthals, a study suggests.
Treats Making Pet Monkeys Diabetic 
As we indulge ourselves over the Christmas period, many of us might also allow our pets a treat.
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Obama Defense Bill to Facilitate Transfer of Prisoners From Gitmo 

Barack Obama has signed a bill to speed up the repatriation of prisoners from Guantanamo in a possible step towards the closure of the facility. He also put pen to legislation that will reduce the possibility of another government shutdown.
New Genetic Clues for Rheumatoid Arthritis 'Cure' 
An international team of researchers has found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
NSA Can Easily Find Individuals Hidden in Metadata - Study 
In defending the NSA's surveillance policies, many have cited the agency's claim that it merely collects phone numbers dialed, lengths of calls, and other metadata. Yet researchers now say the NSA can identify individuals in that vast collection of data.
US Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance Program Is Legal 
A United States federal judge said Friday that the National Security Agency's controversial bulk phone data collection program doesn't violate the law.
Japanese War Crimes: I'M Sorry? 
China and South Korea are very angry with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe because he visited the Yosukuni Shrine in Tokyo honoring some 2.5 million Japanese - both military and civilian - who died in war.
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Keir Starmer Heads Labour's Victim Treatment Review 

Former chief prosecutor Keir Starmer is to advise Labour on the best way to protect rape victims and abused children from harrowing questioning during court cases.

'Sarah's Law' Sees 700 Paedophiles Identified 
More than 700 paedophiles have been indentified since the introduction of "Sarah's Law" in 2011, Freedom of Information requests have revealed.

Rhino Ranger on the Battle Against Poachers 
South Africa, home to over 80 percent of all rhino in the world, has lost over 800 of the creatures to poaching this year alone.
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Guantanamo Bay: US Hails 'Milestone' Release of Chinese Uighurs 

The US has hailed the release of the last three Chinese Muslim Uighurs from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay as a "significant milestone".

Huge Fire After US Oil Train Derails in North Dakota 
Wagons from a mile-long train carrying crude oil have burst into flames as they derailed after a collision in the US state of North Dakota.
Benghazi Attack Caused By Anti-Muslim Film, Al-Qaeda Not Involved - Report 
There is no evidence suggesting that Al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization took part in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a new report suggests.

Scrooge Saturday: 1.3 Million Americans to Lose Emergency Jobless Aid 
Congress went on holiday recess without extending an emergency federal aid program to America's unemployed, set to expire on Saturday, leaving over one million people in economic 
Podcam' Shows Life of Dolphins in BBC Spy in the Pod Series 
Film-makers have infiltrated the ocean with secret cameras to capture dolphin behaviour in the wild as it has never been seen before.
The Science and Environment News Highlights of 2013 
It was the year in which an object from the cosmos burned and boomed its way through our atmosphere while one originating on Earth hurtled into the uncharted territory of interstellar space.

US Govt's Wanton Approval of Harmful Pesticides Fueling 'Bee Holocaust' - Lawsuit 
In response to rapidly dwindling global honey bee populations - vital in pollinating a third of the world's crops - environmental and food safety groups have sued the EPA for approving bee-ravaging pesticides despite damning evidence of their effects.

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