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Thursday, April 23, 2015

"It's only April, but 2015 may be remembered as the year the term "transgender" fully entered mainstream consciousness.

In January, President Obama condemned the persecution of "people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," becoming the first president to utter the word in a State of the Union address.

"Transparent," about an aging father who begins living as a woman, won two top awards at the Golden Globes, while transgender actress Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black" -- who made the cover of Time magazine last year -- was just cast in a new CBS drama." read more


"At least a dozen major studies have found that early childhood vaccines do not cause autism. But one possibility remained: that immunizations could cause autism in a small group of children who were already primed to develop the disorder.

Now, new research has ruled out that possibility too.

A study of nearly 100,000 children found that toddlers known to have an elevated risk of autism were no more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder if they were vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella than if they weren't. What's more, the diagnosis rate for high-risk children who were vaccinated was the same as for immunized children with no family history of the disorder, according to the report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn." read more


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Shares of Apple (AAPL) plunged more than 12%, as investors grew skeptical about the iPhone maker's growth prospects. Despite reporting a record quarterly profit, Apple's forecasts showed signs of slowing consumer demand for its products, particularly its iPhones

Apple's stock has been on a steady decline for months. In fact, shares have plunged more than 36% from their all-time intraday high of $705, reached Sept. 21, 2012.
Since then, Apple's stock has dropped in value by nearly $230 billion, with its valuation slipping to $424 billion in just four months."


Sunday, April 19, 2015

"A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country's latest so-called "honour killing" after they set the son's wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday.

Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited her sister without first asking him if she could go out, her brother Muhammad Azam said.

Siddique and his father then beat Bibi before dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire in Central Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district on Friday, Azam said." read more


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chris Christie would "crack down and not permit" legalized marijuana if elected president, he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. The pledge from New Jersey's Republican governor, who is openly teasing a bid for the White House, would be a departure from President Barack Obama, who has made clear that while he doesn't support full legalization, the Justice Department won't be getting in the way of the handful of states that have voted to legalize it. read more


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