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Judge Says Arthritis May Qualify Woman for Euthanasia

June 28, 2017 |

A 77-year-old Canadian woman suffering from incurable erosive osteoarthritis is one step closer to legally taking her own life after a judge in Toronto ruled she met a key criteria of Canada’s 2016 medically assisted death law. The CBC reports that Superior Court Justice Paul Perrell ruled last Monday that…
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Californians Now Have the Right to Die. 111 Used It

June 28, 2017 |

In the first six months that terminally ill Californians had the right to die, 191 lethal prescriptions were written—with as many as 80 of them going unused. The Los Angeles Times and AP share the stats on what has happened between June 9, 2016, when the End of Life…
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Sarah Palin Is Suing the New York Times

June 28, 2017 |

Sarah Palin “took a stand” this week against the New York Times in a lawsuit claiming defamation. CNNMoney reports that the former Alaska governor filed her complaint, which seeks upward of $ 75,000 in damages, against the Times on Tuesday for an editorial it published right after the shooting of…
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‘Vaccine’ Against Latest Cyberattack Created

June 28, 2017 |

Security researchers have been unable to find a “kill switch” for the latest cyberattack hitting systems around the world—but they have developed a vaccine. Researchers say that the Petya ransomware will not encrypt files on computers that have the read-only file “C:\Windows\perfc.dat,” the BBC reports. A guide…
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Border Wall Prototypes Will Go Up This Summer

June 28, 2017 |

People trying to make their way into the US illegally in the San Diego area may have their choice of eight kinds of border wall to tackle by September. Department of Homeland Security official Ronald Vitiello said Tuesday that authorities hope to have up to eight prototype border wall sections…
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Passenger Throws Coin Into Plane Engine for ‘Good Luck’

June 28, 2017 |

Chucking a handful of coins into a jet engine is no way to guarantee that fortune will smile on your flight, an elderly passenger at Shanghai Pudong International Airport discovered Tuesday. Police say the 80-year-old woman threw coins into the engine “for good luck” as she prepared to board the…
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Trump Golf Clubs Asked to Take Down Fake Time Covers

June 28, 2017 |

President Trump has often boasted about the number of times he has been on the cover of Time magazine—but the framed cover that appeared in at least four of his golf clubs was a fake. After the Washington Post spotted the cover on display at several properties, with the…
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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , John Wick Star Dies

June 28, 2017 |

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like John Wick, has died. Nyqvist’s representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle with lung cancer, the AP reports. He was 56….
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Neil Gorsuch Is Paying Off for Trump

June 28, 2017 |

Two and a half months in, how is Neil Gorsuch doing on the Supreme Court? The consensus seems to be that he’s making his mark already. A sample of the coverage as the court’s term ended Monday: CNN says Gorsuch is “no ordinary junior-most justice,” noting that he’s jumped right…
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Yellen: Next Financial Crisis Hopefully Not ‘in Our Lifetimes’

June 28, 2017 |

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that banking reforms now in place have made the financial system safer, and the world should be able to avoid the type of devastating crisis that struck the global economy in 2008. Speaking at the British Academy in London, Yellen said that the…
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