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Aug 29, 2014

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

Egypt’s state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials. If the charges are referred to court, it would be the fourth case under way against Morsi, who ...

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The U.S. Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than ...

Aug 29, 2014

Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks

Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by ...

Aug 29, 2014

Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child

Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country’s constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner ...

Aug 29, 2014

Girls in Colombian town struck by mystery illness

A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer. Authorities say they still don’t know what caused ...

Aug 29, 2014

Warren Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday. Howard ...

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

Aug 29, 2014

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds (kilograms) — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the ...

Aug 29, 2014

Ferguson police sued for using excess force

Missouri residents sued the city of Ferguson and St. Louis County, claiming police violated their civil rights by using excessive force in response to protests over an officer’s killing of an unarmed black teenager. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson ...