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Dec 16, 2014

Appeals court upholds condom use in LA porn films

A Los Angeles County ordinance requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms does not violate the porn industry’s First Amendment rights of free expression, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The decision from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Dec 16, 2014

'Disguised' Saudi woman arrested while attending soccer game

A Saudi woman arrested while attending a soccer game in the kingdom claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the male-only stadiums, the state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia enforces a strict segregation of the sexes and has ...

Six shot dead, gunman on loose in suburban Philadelphia

Dec 16, 2014

Six shot dead, gunman on loose in suburban Philadelphia

A man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman identified the suspect in the shootings in Philadelphia’s northwest suburbs as ...

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

Dec 15, 2014

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

In 2000, police in the city of Oakland, California became a symbol of the worst of American law enforcement after a band of rogue officers known as “The Riders” were accused of beating suspects, planting evidence and falsifying reports. Today, as an outcry over ...

Dec 14, 2014

China to punish tourists in Thai air rage assault

Chinese authorities have vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane after they became enraged over sitting arrangements. China National Tourism Administration said Saturday the tourists disrupted the flight ...

U.S. presidential hopefuls quiet on police-violence protests

Dec 14, 2014

U.S. presidential hopefuls quiet on police-violence protests

Protesters nationwide have demanded an acknowledgment that “black lives matter” after grand juries in Missouri and New York declined to indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men. But as prospective candidates look toward replacing America’s first black president in 2016, ...

Dec 12, 2014

Man jailed for attack on British firebrand politician

A man who attacked British pro-Palestinian lawmaker George Galloway in a London street while calling him “anti-Semitic” was jailed for 16 months on Thursday. Neil Masterson, 39, admitted to attacking Galloway in August in a frenzied assault while wearing a pink T-shirt with a ...

Dec 12, 2014

UK police charge man in enslaved women case

A man who led an obscure Maoist collective and allegedly held three women against their will in a London house for 30 years has been charged with 25 offenses including rape, police said Thursday. Police said Aravindan Balakrishnan, 74, was charged with false imprisonment, ...