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Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit -- "'According to the law, both sides should sign an agreement before electric shock or hypnosis is carried out, but (the clinic) did not offer,' said Li [Doilong, the man's lawyer]. 'The staff told my client the electric shock felt like "being bit by a mosquito" but it turned out not to be.'"

Seattle cop under investigation for busting too many pot smokers | Seattle cop who issued 80% of marijuana tickets reassigned -- Let's see. That one officer wrote 4/5ths of all such citations. "The police department said 36 percent of the tickets were issued to African-Americans, who make up just eight percent of the city's population." I'd like to see the Venn diagram on that one.

Utah language school blogger writes about homophones, gets fired for 'associating the school with homosexuality'

Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia
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Utah backs away from anti-gay-parenting study -- This is the same study that was excoriated in the suit that challenged Michigan's constitutional same-sex marriage ban.

Procrastinating on those taxes? Blame your genes

Covering a Cough or Sneeze More Important Than Ever? Germ Particles Spread Much Farther Than Previously Thought -- "'When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you,' [John] Bush [of MIT] said in a press release. 'But you don't see the cloud, the invisible gas phase. The influence of this gas cloud is to extend the range of the individual droplets, particularly the small ones.'"

New, tiny species of crayfish discovered in the swamps of coastal eastern Australia -- I was going to say, "Delicious!" But then I saw that the creatures are "Near Threatened."

Mystery Solved: Why Flies Are So Hard to Swat

Don't Bother 'Faking It' in the Bedroom: Study says partners can gauge each other's sexual satisfaction
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Judge rules Texas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

What's in a name? For the wrong Cody Williams, 35 days in jail

California town shaken as police officers arrested -- "A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes."

German study finds cannabis use triggered 2 deaths
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Supreme Court ruling eases police search of suspect's home -- "The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to law enforcement agencies by making it easier for police to search a dwelling without a warrant. The court held on a 6-3 vote that police can search a home without a warrant, even if the suspect has objected, as long as he is no longer on the scene and a co-tenant gives consent." Moral? Live alone.

Indiana lawmakers back off religious discrimination proposal -- Where are these people coming from? It's a veritable onslaught.

Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut

Tetris can Reduce Cravings for Food, Cigarettes or Alcohol, Study Reports

Sex Addicted Mammal Species Discovered In Australia; Males Have So Much Sex They Die Early
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Court: Marotta is a father, not merely a sperm donor -- "A Topeka man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is the presumptive father to a baby one of the woman bore and is subject to paying child support, a Shawnee County District Court judge ruled Wednesday." This ruling really should not stand, IMO. The women were not seeking child support but rather the state.

Reno police cite 5, arrest 3 men and women during prostitution sting -- This just strikes me as incredibly stupid. This is the one state in the Union where prostitution is legal & these people can't travel outside one of the few counties where the practice is unsanctioned? Talk about shortsighted. Seriously: taxi drivers would be happy to ferry customers to any of the licensed brothels, as they get a cut of the negotiated price for any rendezvous. There is no excuse, save being extraordinarily cheap.

Your pot or your gun? Medical marijuana smokers may have to choose -- This law is unconstitutional on its face. As one of the comments stated, "known alcoholics" don't cede their 2nd Amendment rights by virtue of substance use. Those prescribed oxycodone & other legalized forms of heroin aren't punished in such a fashion. I didn't know there was a way to get me to be a 2nd Amendment advocate, but apparently someone devised a controversy that's done precisely that.

Scientists discover how sodium controls opioid receptor signaling

Oily fish 'can increase brain size'

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt | Pharaoh's tomb sheds light on shadowy Egyptian dynasty
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Texas abortion law stands: Supreme Court splits 5-4 on hearing the case -- Oh, the five Justices who identify as Catholic decided to let a repressive abortion law be the law the land? Really? Who would have thought?

Pennsylvania pastor who performed son’s gay marriage suspended for 30 days by Methodist jury

Hate message painted on Lunenburg, Massachusetts teen's home -- It's exactly what you fear and/or suspect.

Researchers identify new type of boredom -- "Researchers identified the new type of tedium as 'apathetic boredom', an especially unpleasant form of the emotion that resembles learned helplessness or depression."

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