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California prisons sterilized female inmates without permission

California prisons sterilized female inmates without permission

Prison doctors in California sterilized nearly 150 female inmates during the course of four years without ever obtaining proper approval from the state, a new investigation reveals. According to The Center for Investigative Reporting, at least 148 women at a pair of state penitentiaries received tubal litigations during the period of 2006 through 2010, yet […]

‘Cannot live with violence that shames Brazil,’ president says as protesters block intl airport

‘Cannot live with violence that shames Brazil,’ president says as protesters block intl airport

Although Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged to hold dialogue with protesters, there were no signs that the demonstrators, most of whom are students and the middle class, are going to calm down. New demonstrations broke out on Friday, including one that blocked most passengers from entering or leaving the country’s busiest international airport, outside Sao […]

‘Worse than death row’: Gitmo hunger strike reaches Day 100

‘Worse than death row’: Gitmo hunger strike reaches Day 100

As the Guantanamo hunger strike enters its 100th day, the number of voices, both in the US and around the world, to close the facility are growing stronger and louder. Lawyers acting for prisoners in Guantanamo say the real figures may be higher, but officially of the 166 inmates in Guantanamo, 102 are currently on […]

Obamacare to penalize nearly half a million Native Americans

Obamacare to penalize nearly half a million Native Americans

Native Americans are entitled to free and subsidized medical care at some federally-funded health clinics, but ‘Obamacare’ will soon force many of them to buy insurance or else face hefty fines if they are not “Indian enough”. “A lot of folks are going to get stuck with the bill,” Jay Stiener of the National Council of […]

The Coachella Valley Heart Ball 2013

The Coachella Valley Heart Ball 2013

Ignite, The Coachella Valley Heart Ball 2013, was presented by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The Gala was titled “A Supreme Evening for the Heart”. The featured entertainer was Mary Wilson of The Supremes singing group. The event was held at the Westin Mission Hills Resort Spa in the grand ballroom […]

Tea Party lashes out at ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

Tea Party lashes out at ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

Members of the Tea Party have joined protesters standing up against the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’, calling the provision a ‘special interest loophole’ for friends of Congress. The provision has now sparked so much outrage that both the far right and the far left are uniting in their condemnation of Section 735 of the Agricultural Appropriations […]

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

Chinese scientists have said that a new coronavirus, which has already killed 11, appears to be deadlier than SARS. The new virus, originating in the Middle East, can affect many different organs and kill cells more rapidly than SARS. The infectious disease strongly resembles Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 800 people in 2002 […]

Major US retailers reject ‘frankenfish’

Major US retailers reject ‘frankenfish’

A number of top US grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, have pledged to reject selling the genetically engineered “frankenfish” if it is allowed on the market in April. The mutant fish was engineered by scientists at a company called AquaBounty, which has spent more than 15 years and $50 million researching and perfecting the […]

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

Former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs are urging the Obama administration to nullify marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized the recreational use of pot. The eight former DEA heads fear that the states’ marijuana laws will instigate a “domino effect”, causing other states to pass their own laws legalizing the recreational use of […]

Gambling addiction cost San Diego mayor $1 billion

Gambling addiction cost San Diego mayor $1 billion

$1 billion in wins at a casino may sound like a jackpot – but not if the losses total $1.13 billion. Former San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor became so addicted to gambling that she stole $2.1 million from her late husband’s charity to feed her habit. Now, the former mayor and council member is living […]