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Lobbyists fight to fly aborted foetus ads over Hawaii beaches
The Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, based in California, already displays pictures of first-term aborted foetuses on billboards on the sides of trucks, as well as pictures of what it claims are aborted limbs on its website home page. Now it wants to take its message to the skies.
Jackson in trouble after anti-semitic phone rant
"They suck," said Jackson. "I'm so tired of it ... they start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money. It's a conspiracy. Jews do it on purpose."
Embryo scientist quits team over ethics fear
Gerald Schatten, of the University of Pittsburgh, said he would no longer work with the cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk, following allegations that eggs were taken from a junior scientist in violation of rules meant to prevent coercion.
Riots are a class act - and often they're the only alternative
By the end of last week it looked as though the fortnight of struggle between minority French youth and the police might actually have yielded some progress. Condemning the rioters is easy. They shot at the police, killed an innocent man, trashed businesses, rammed a car into a retirement home, and torched countless cars (given that 400 cars are burned on an average New Year's Eve in France, this was not quite as remarkable as some made out).
Senate vote to cut Guantánamo Bay prisoner rights faces challenge
The senate voted 49-42 on Thursday to effectively reverse a 2004 supreme court decision that extended the writ of habeas corpus to prisoners in the US military camp in Cuba. The debate took less than an hour and the measure was tacked on to a bill on the military budget.
Double trouble for twin who tried to trick judge
Yamahile Ortiz, 18, said her sister, Yariizca, stood in for her because: "I had a final today." Judge Patrick Clifford in Connecticut called the action "a fraud on the court", and asked: "Do you think this is funny? I don't know why you think it's funny."
Miller granted a last word as she leaves 'the convent'
The New York Times journalist Judith Miller, whose reporting on weapons of mass destruction, and alleged dissembling before a grand jury, raised questions about the credibility of both her work and her newspaper, has "retired".
Schools in Kansas to challenge Darwinism
The Kansas board of education has narrowly voted to change the state's curriculum to question the validity of evolution, recommending that schools explore the "considerable scientific and public controversy" over the origins of life.


The street sign for Flood Street sits in the mud where it fell after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Brian Snyder/ Reuters
We'll return for your sister's body, the rescuers said. Two months on she was still in the house
Nobody knows how long Deborah "Bodie" Fisher, 85, had been trapped in her home with the corpse of her younger sister, Delia "Sis" Holloway, 82, upstairs, and 2ft of flood water downstairs when help finally floated by on September 2.
Support for Miller exposes rift at New York Times
Delivering the keynote speech at the Online News Association last week the publisher of the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger, spoke about the need to "upgrade the ethical standards of journalism". The first clause of a journalist's contract with the reader, he insisted, is "my first responsibility is to the truth".
'There will never be another Rosa Parks'
About 4,000 people were expected to attend the funeral in Detroit, the city where she lived for the last 48 years of her life. The line for the 2,000 available public seats at the Greater Grace Temple, where the funeral took place, stretched over two blocks, with some waiting overnight in a 40°F (4°C) chill.
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