Jul 3, 2015

Mass killings may be contagious: U.S. study

Mass killings in the United States may be contagious, according to a study Thursday that found each deadly tragedy can increase the likelihood that another will soon follow. Scientists examined data from 1998 to 2013 on school shootings and other mass killings in the ...

Jun 25, 2015

Stockholm rape clinic opens doors to male victims

A Stockholm rape clinic will open its doors in October to male and transgender victims in addition to the women it already treats, a sexologist at the clinic said Wednesday. “What’s new is that the clinic will now be open to any person, regardless ...

New Zealand tooth fetish sex offender jailed

Jun 19, 2015

New Zealand tooth fetish sex offender jailed

A New Zealand man who yanked women’s teeth out with pliers during sex and had a fetish for “fat gummy ladies” was jailed for six years on Friday. The sentencing judge said that finding an appropriate sentence for Wellington man Philip Lyle Hansen was ...

Most kangaroos are left-handed: study

Jun 19, 2015

Most kangaroos are left-handed: study

Kangaroos tend to be lefties, according to a study Thursday that sheds new light on the capacity for mammals, particularly those that walk upright, to prefer one paw over the other. The study was published in the journal Current Biology. Lead researcher Yegor Malashichev ...

Jun 18, 2015

U.S. rights leader asked if she tried to mislead university

A civil rights leader, who has posed for years as a black woman, faced tough questions about her racial identity long before this week’s revelations that she grew up “Caucasian” derailed her career. More than a decade ago, Howard University’s lawyers questioned whether Rachel ...

Definition of race becoming fluid in America

Jun 17, 2015

Definition of race becoming fluid in America

Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black — a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America as the rigid racial structures that have defined most of the country’s history seem, for some, to be softening. Dolezal resigned ...

Jun 12, 2015

Ex-madam gets 10 years in prison over buttock-enhancement death

A former madam who performed illegal “body sculpting” was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks. Padge-Victoria Windslowe told jurors during ...

Jun 7, 2015

Tiny bird imitates hawk to scare predator

A bird weighing just 8 grams scares off a predator 40 times bigger by imitating the “hawk alarm” of other species, scientists say. The trick is used by the brown thornbill, one of Australia’s tiniest birds, to scare off the pied currawong, they reported ...

Jun 5, 2015

U.S. FDA panel backs female libido pill

The drug industry’s decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women. The first-of-a-kind endorsement came with safety reservations, however, due to drug side effects ...