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Cyprus reaches last-minute deal on 10 billion euro bailout

Credit: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (Reuters) – Cyprus reached a last-ditch deal with international lenders on a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) rescue plan to avoid economic meltdown, agreeing to close down its second-largest bank and inflict heavy losses on big depositors. The agreement came hours before a deadline to avert a collapse of the banking system in fraught negotiations between President… Read more →

Washington state weighs first-in-the-nation abortion insurance mandate

Photo: (AP) In 1970, Washington became the first — and remains the only — state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote. A generation later, and 40 years removed from the landmark United States Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that extended abortion access nationwide, Washington is once again poised to stand out. With 21 states… Read more →

Study warns on mobile location data privacy

Scientists say it is remarkably easy to identify a mobile phone user from just a few pieces of location information. Whenever a phone is switched on, its connection to the network means its position and movement can be plotted. This data is given anonymously to third parties, both to drive services for the user and to target advertisements. But a study… Read more →

University Files Charges Against Student who Refused to Stomp on Jesus

A Florida Atlantic University student who filed a complaint against his professor after he was ordered to stomp on the name of Jesus has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News. The “Notice of Charges” against Ryan Rotela is contrary to a statement the university… Read more →

Congressman Trey Gowdy Presses DHS on Release of Aggravated Felons to Cut Costs

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is holding a full committee hearing today that started at 1:00 Eastern. It’s being  livestreamed on CSPAN3.  Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy, (R-SC) released the following statement ahead of the hearing: “ICE contends it only detains the ‘worst of the worst;’ therefore it necessarily follows ICE just released thousands of the ‘worst of the… Read more →

Cyprus crisis deepens: Bailout rejected, banks may not reopen

Photo: AFP – Getty Images Cypriot leaders held crisis talks on Wednesday to avert financial meltdown after rejecting the terms of a controversial European Union bailout, turning instead to Russia for help. Banks on the Mediterranean island may never reopen, Germany warned after lawmakers late Tuesday turned down a $12.9 billion deal that would have seen Cypriots lose up to 10… Read more →

Top Colorado official shot dead night before new gun law signing

Photo Credit: Reuters/Colorado Department of Corrections/Handout (Reuters) – One of Colorado state’s top law enforcement officials was shot and killed at his home Tuesday night, just hours before the governor is scheduled to sign landmark gun control legislation drafted in response to a series of mass shootings. A manhunt was launched by law enforcement officials for the assailant, but no suspects… Read more →

Britain on course for ‘three parent babies’

Photo: Alamy Britain is on course to become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies with three biological “parents” after the fertility watchdog announced that the public is in favour of the controversial technology. A major consultation found that a majority of people would back the therapy, under which a small part of a… Read more →

Republicans resist Obama’s Jedi mind meld

President Barack Obama says he cannot force Republicans to agree with him by using a Jedi mind meld – but he is trying to paint the party in Congress as the dark side. Speaking after a short and fruitless meeting at the White House, he said their actions would result in “unnecessary and inexcusable” cuts, and that thousands would lose their… Read more →