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Japan Bans Possession Of Child Pornography

Wed, 2014-06-18 06:41

The country's new law makes the possession of child porn punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of nearly $10,000. But it excludes manga, animation and computer graphics.

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U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

Wed, 2014-06-18 05:18

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.

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Fewer Women Are Having Labor Induced Early

Wed, 2014-06-18 05:03

Government data show that fewer women are having labor induced before 39 weeks for nonmedical reasons. Advocates say that change is good for the health of babies.

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Ukraine's President Announces Plan For Unilateral Cease-Fire

Wed, 2014-06-18 04:25

The break in action is to give armed separatists time to lay down their weapons, President Petro Poroshenko says.

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Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread

Wed, 2014-06-18 03:30

Iraq's government is using limited air attacks to strike back at the Sunni group known as ISIS, which now controls large areas of northern Iraq.

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Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank

Tue, 2014-06-17 23:25

Building new World Cup or Olympics facilities in different cities every several years is just too costly, says commentator Frank Deford. So why not, he asks, try something different?

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Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Tue, 2014-06-17 23:25

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.

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Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive

Tue, 2014-06-17 23:24

A corporation has one core obligation: to make money. But some companies, known as benefit corporations, also promise to create a tangible benefit to communities and the environment.

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Stairs Wobble Under The Weight Of World Cup Fans

Tue, 2014-06-17 19:43

A video of a staircase used by thousands of fans to get to and from the Maracana stadium shows the structure wobbling unnervingly on Sunday.

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Explosion In Nigeria Hits Gathering Of World Cup Fans

Tue, 2014-06-17 15:12

There is no immediate word on casualties and no claim of responsibility, but Boko Haram militants who are active in the region have called soccer un-Islamic.

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SunTrust To Pay Nearly $1 Billion For Mortgage Practices

Tue, 2014-06-17 14:51

The bank's mortgage-lending subsidiary agreed to pay $968 million and acknowledged that it failed to comply with federal requirements for processing FHA loans.

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How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's

Tue, 2014-06-17 14:41

Yahoo has released its diversity figures as the tech industry grapples with a gender gap and low numbers of blacks and Latinos in its ranks.

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What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?

Tue, 2014-06-17 14:11

Some warn that the violence gripping the country could lead to another Sept. 11. But experts are skeptical, and Americans are wary of new military entanglements.

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Ga., Mo. Inmates Put To Death; First Since Botched Oklahoma Execution

Tue, 2014-06-17 13:33

Georgia and Missouri have executed inmates — the first since April's botched execution of a prisoner in Oklahoma. Florida is scheduled to execute an inmate later on Wednesday.

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Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions

Tue, 2014-06-17 13:06

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, did little to change the political polarity of the event.

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Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary

Tue, 2014-06-17 12:59

Before NASA's New Horizons probe visits Pluto next year, scientists hope they can find another "icy body" at the edge of the solar system for a final flyby.

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India's Transgender Community Turns Seat Belt Safety Into Video Hit

Tue, 2014-06-17 12:57

India's transgender community is on a roll. Known as hijras, they recently won court recognition as part of a third gender. Now they're starring in a popular video urging drivers to buckle up.

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Lightning-Fast Trades Go Beneath The Congressional Microscope

Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on problems in the financial markets caused by high-frequency trading firms.

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Will The Trouble In Iraq Draw U.S. And Iran Closer Together?

Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

Thomas Erdbink of The New York Times talks to Robert Siegel about the possibility that the U.S. and Iran will cooperate in response to Iraq's unrest.

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White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary

Tue, 2014-06-17 12:06

The White House is announcing the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary. The plan would make large sections of the Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing and energy exploration. The boundaries will be set after the White House consults with fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders

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