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Pope Slams 'Right to Die' Movement

Right to DiePope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Saturday, saying that euthanasia is a sin against God and creation.

The Latin American pontiff said it was a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity.

Earlier this month, the Vatican’s top bioethics official condemned as “reprehensible” the death by assisted suicide of a 29-year-old American woman, Brittany Maynard, who was suffering terminal brain cancer and said she wanted to die with dignity.

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Obscure Nebraska panel may hold sway over pipeline

XL pipeline snagCongress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.

The Nebraska Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether the Nebraska Public Service Commission must review the pipeline before it can cross the state, one of six on the pipeline's route. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman gave the green light in January 2013 without the panel's involvement.

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Cosby declines to answer questions about sex assault accusations

Bill CosbyComedian Bill Cosby, in an interview that aired on Saturday, declined to answer questions by a National Public Radio journalist about accusations of sexual assault that resurfaced in recent weeks.

Cosby, 77, responded by shaking his head to signal "No" at least twice when NPR's Scott Simon asked him to respond to the sexual assault accusations, including those made by former aspiring actress Barbara Bowman in an op-ed in the Washington Post earlier in the week.

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Four dead after toxic leak at Texas chemical plant

Dupont explosion texasFour workers were killed and one was injured during a hazardous chemical leak at a DuPont industrial plant in suburban Houston, company officials said.

The chemical, methyl mercaptan, began leaking from a valve around 4 a.m. Saturday in a unit at the plant in La Porte, about 20 miles east of Houston. Plant officials said the release was contained by 6 a.m.

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ISIL claims beheading of American aid worker in grisly online video

Peter KassigISIL fighters released a graphic video Sunday purporting to show the beheading of captured U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

The clip posted online did not show the murder itself, but showed a masked man standing with a decapitated head covered in blood lying at his feet. Speaking in English in a British accent, the man says: "This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen."

U.S. officials said they were working to determine the video's authenticity.

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How marijuana was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

Marijuana cured brain cancerWidely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions. Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use.

Sativex, for example, which contains an equal mixture of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is already licenced as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the US, dronabinol and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects.

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VP Biden Announces Refugee Plan for Central American Kids

BidenVice President Joe Biden announced Friday a plan to allow U.S. parents here legally to apply for their Central American children to join them in the hope of preventing a crisis as was seen this summer when more than 68,000 migrant children arrived at the country's southern border.

The announcement came in an appearance by Biden with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador at the Inter-American Development Bank conference on investing in Central America.

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Michael Brown shooting: Darren Wilson radio call segment missing

Michael Brown shooting tapeA call for backup that a police officer claims to have made seconds before he killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reportedly cannot be found in police recordings. The officer blames the problem on his radio.

Darren Wilson has told investigators he radioed “shots fired, send all cars” after a struggle at his SUV with Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, following the officer’s stop of Brown and a friend for jaywalking in Ferguson on 9 August, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Trauma surgeon Mads Gilbert will defy Israeli ban on Gaza entry

Trauma doctir defues babA Norwegian trauma surgeon and activist who helped provide life-saving medical care during this summer’s 100-day war in Gaza has said he will defy an Israeli ban on his return.

Chief surgeon Mads Gilbert, 67, has spent 15 years treating patients in Gaza and spent 51 days in Shifa hospital earlier this year treating many of the 11,000 Palestinians who were wounded in the war between Hamas and Israel.

When he returned last month to try and enter Gaza via the Erez crossing in Israel he was denied entry indefinitely.

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