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Too 'ugly' to rape: Brazil lawmaker comment sparks fury

Posted: 4:51 AM - A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker's comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation.

EPA expected to treat coal waste like garbage

Posted: 12/19/2014 - Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Updated: 12/19/2014 - Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

US probe links North Korea to Sony hacking

Posted: 12/17/2014 - A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.

FBI joins burned teen probe

Posted: 12/16/2014 - The FBI has joined the investigation into the burning death of Mississippi teenager Jessica Chambers.
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Judge halts Alzheimer's drug swap until July

Posted: 12/15/2014 - A federal judge on Monday ordered an Irish drug manufacturer to halt its plans to discontinue its widely used Alzheimer's medication, allegedly in an effort to drive patients to a newer patented drug.

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

Posted: 12/15/2014 - The Senate on Monday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue.

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