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Friday, June 16, 2017

TAUNTON, Mass. -- A young woman who sent a barrage of text messages to another teenager urging him to kill himself was found guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter in a case that many legal experts had expected to result in an acquittal.

The verdict, handed down by a judge in a nonjury trial, was a rare legal finding that, essentially, a person's words alone can directly cause someone else's suicide.

The judge, Lawrence Moniz, of Bristol County Juvenile Court in southeastern Massachusetts, said the conduct of the woman, Michelle Carter, toward Conrad Roy III was not only immoral but illegal. She faces up to 20 years in prison.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Plankton is made up of a diverse collection of microscopic organisms that are unable to swim against the current in large bodies of water. These organisms include bacteria, algae, single-celled animals and even the eggs and larval stages of larger animals. Photographer Ryo Minemizu won a Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award for his photographs of plankton that he calls "Preciousness of Life." read more


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

(CNN)More than 2 billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight, a new study reports.

This equates to one-third of the world's population carrying excess weight, fueled by urbanization, poor diets and reduced physical activity.
The United States has the greatest percentage of obese children and young adults, at 13%, while Egypt led in terms of adult obesity, with almost 35%, among the 195 countries and territories included in the study.


Monday, June 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- He blamed it on lies. He blamed it on greed. He blamed it on the media.

For two hours on Monday, Bill Cosby's attorney -- flipping between stage-whispered intimacy and earsplitting verbal explosions -- ran through a long list of possible culprits he said are responsible for landing his client at the center of one of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent American history.

"This ain't right!" bellowed Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle in his closing argument. Earlier in the day, he had raced through a startlingly brief, six-minute defense, bringing to a close testimony in the sexual-assault case against the 79-year-old comedian. read more


Bernie Sanders' permanent "political revolution" rolled into Chicago on Saturday night, as the Vermont senator called on progressive activists gathered here to beat back President Donald Trump's agenda while remaking the Democratic Party. ... "I am often asked by the media and others, 'How did it come about that Donald Trump, the most unpopular presidential candidate in the modern history of our country, won the election?'" he offered teasingly as chants of "Bernie would have won" filled the hall. "My answer is that Trump didn't win the election, the Democratic Party lost the election," Sanders said, reviving his own past criticisms. read more


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