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Dozens killed in fighting near Yemen's Aden port

Dozens killed Aden airportHouthi fighters and allied army units clashed with local militias in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, and eyewitnesses said gun battles and heavy shelling ripped through a downtown district near the city's port.

The Houthi forces have been battling to take Aden, a last foothold of fighters loyal to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, advancing to the city center despite 11 days of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition of mainly Gulf air forces.


Why North Carolina's "Religious Freedom" Bill Is Even Worse Than Indiana's

religious freedom bill NCIn 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal law applied only to the federal government, spurring a number of states to enact their own RFRA laws -- a trend that has grown in the wake of debates over gay civil rights and marriage equality.

However, the measure proposed by North Carolina lawmakers differs from the federal law -- and "religious freedom" laws in most other states -- in at least one key respect: It makes it easier for individuals to claim a law or policy is a threat to their religious beliefs, and to sue to opt out of complying.


Spanish report claims Israel targeted UN in Lebanon

IDF artillery in lebanonA confidential Spanish military report on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Israeli shelling in Lebanon said he was manning a post that appeared to have been targeted, a newspaper reported Sunday.

El Pais cited extracts from the report which drew on testimony from soldiers following the January 28 incident when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hezbollah attack on an IDF convoy in the Golan Heights. The Hezbollah fired killed two Israeli soldiers, Staff Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini and Major Yochai Kalangel of the Givati Brigade, and injured seven others.


Kenya claims one of university gunmen is son of government official

Kenya college attackKenya claims to have identified one of the al-Shabaab gunmen who massacred university students in north-east of the country as the son of a government official, the interior ministry has said.

Spokesman Mwenda Njoka said Abdirahim Abdullahi was one of the four men who attacked the Garissa University college campus on Thursday, killingalmost 150 people.


Ranks of drug-addicted babies growing in SW Florida

Drug addicted babies FloridaThe number of babies born hooked on painkillers at Lee County hospitals rose to a record high in 2014, despite a years-long public education campaign to thwart the problem and a state crackdown on so-called pill mills.

Instances of this kind of chemical addiction, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, jumped nearly 24% between 2013 and 2014 to 114 babies, according to Lee Memorial Health System.

Such cases have grown a whopping 1,325% since 2005, when medical staff identified eight drug-dependent newborns.


Italy rescues 1,500 migrants at sea in less than 24 hours

Italy rescues migrantsItalian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.

All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations, the coast guard said in a statement.


CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe

CERN restarts Hadron colliderScientists at Europe's physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one.

CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around the LHC in both directions after a two-year shutdown for a major refit described as a Herculean task that doubled its power -- and its reach into the unknown.


EPA: Pesticide may have caused illness in family staying at Virgin Islands resort

Pesticide cause family illnessThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said exposure to a pesticide with restricted use in the United States may have caused severe illness in a Delaware family vacationing at a Virgin Islands resort.

Steve Esmond, his wife and two teenage sons had been renting a villa at the Sirenusa resort on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands since March 14. The EPA received reports of the family falling ill on March 20; paramedics had found Esmond unconscious and his wife and sons, 14 and 16, having seizures.


Mormon leaders decry same-sex marriage and 'counterfeit lifestyles'

Mormon leadersMormon leaders once again used their semiannual conference to outline the faith’s commitment the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman.

L Tom Perry, a high-ranking church leader, cautioned Mormons Saturday not to be swayed by a world filled with media and entertainment that makes the minority seem like the majority and tries to make mainstream values seem obsolete.


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