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12 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Western Australia's only women's prison so overcrowded it is 'akin to torture'

Campaign group says plan to convert empty units at mens prison is only delaying the problem and calls for an end to the jailing of fine defaultersConditions in Western Australias only womens prison are akin to torture and a plan to convert mens prison units to house women will not address systemic failures in the justice system, the chair of the campaign group Deaths in Custody Watch Committee has said. The WA government has announced a plan to convert two empt

17 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Arizona to change execution drugs used on inmate who took two hours to die

Arizona plans to stop employing the drug combination it used to execute an inmate who took nearly two hours to die, the head of the state Department of Corrections said Monday.

18 minutes ago // ABC

world Watch: Day in Pictures: 12/22/14

Images from across the globe: Sandra the Orangutan to be freed from zoo, Cold Wave Hits Northern India, World's biggest lottery payoff in Spain, Winter Solstice at Stonehenge.

18 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Chef team Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat leaving Cooks County

This morning comes the news that the chef couple Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat are leaving Cooks County at the end of the year.

19 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Oil scandal in Brazil just keeps growing; optimists see chance for change

RIO DE JANEIRO On the surface it could not be much worse for Brazil. With the economy faltering, its cherished government-controlled oil company Petrobras spiraled into a $3.8 billion corruption scandal just as it was finally ramping up production in its vast deep water reserves.

23 minutes ago // UPI

world Claims of nationalized Cuban assets must be resolved

Ed AdamczykWASHINGTON, Dec. 22 UPI -- A resolution of claims for compensation regarding seized U.S. property is part of the anticipation of the announced normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations.

23 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.It appeared to be the first time that any country's human rights situation has been scheduled for ongoing debate by the U.N.'s most powerful body.

25 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Preview: Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Clippers are in a stretch of four games in five days in four different time zones. On Friday, they lost to the Denver Nuggets, 109-106. And on Saturday, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-102. They play at San Antonio on Monday before traveling to Atlanta to play against the Hawks on...

25 minutes ago // NPR

world Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?

26 minutes ago // BBC

world Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.

29 minutes ago // New York Times

world Pakistani Premier Calls for Fast-Tracking Executions of Militants

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued an order amid clamor for a tough response to the Taliban attack on a school that left 148 people dead.

31 minutes ago // Reuters

world Man rams van into Christmas market in France, injures 10

NANTES, France Reuters - A man driving a van ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes in western France on Monday evening, injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.

33 minutes ago // Reuters

world U.S. says North Korea call for joint probe of Sony hack 'absurd'

UNITED NATIONS Reuters - Washington's U.N. envoy on Monday dismissed as absurd North Korean demands for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused.

34 minutes ago // NPR

world The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

In the landscape of modern Africa, they are a link to the long-ago past. They know everything about plants and animals. But their way of life and language of clicks may be doomed.

37 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Leondra Kruger confirmed for seat on California Supreme Court

A state commission Monday unanimously confirmed Gov. Jerry Browns appointment of Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

38 minutes ago // BBC

world UN discusses N Korea human rights

The UN Security Council begins a rare discussion of North Korea's human rights situation, despite objections from Russia and China.

38 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Arizona Scraps Drug Cocktail After Two-Hour Execution

Witnesses said Joseph Wood gasped for breath during the July lethal injection using a combination never tried before in Arizona.

38 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Reading from tablets before bed alters sleep cycles

If youre in bed reading this, you may feel sleepy tomorrow morning.

39 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world Yahoo did not hire Gwyneth Paltrow as editor 'because she dropped out of university'

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo chief executive, reportedly barred Gwyneth Paltrow from contributing to Yahoo Food because she lacked a university degree

41 minutes ago // NPR

world 'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses

More than 22,000 young immigrants are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer.

41 minutes ago // NPR

world 'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Drivers' Licenses

More than 22,000 young immigrants are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer.

43 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Jimmy Clausen to miss final Bears game because of concussion

Jimmy Clausen will not play in the Chicago Bears' final game of the season after the fifth-year quarterback began to show concussion symptoms Sunday evening after a 20-14 loss to the Detroit Lions.

45 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Nearly all of Coca-Cola's headquarters employees ditch voice mail

Coca-Cola is cleaning up its in-boxes, but not the email kind.

48 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world N Korea boycotts UN meeting on its 'abuses'

Ongoing discussion at UN Security Council on human rights situation may set in motion action against leader Kim Jong Un.

49 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Nigeria Bomb Blast Kills at Least 20

A bomb blast killed at least 20 people at a bus station in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe, the local chapter of the Red Cross said, in what appeared to be the latest attack by Islamic insurgency Boko Haram.

50 minutes ago // Time

world North Korea Suffers Internet Blackout

The failure comes after the hack on Sony which has been linked to the rogue state by the U.S. government

52 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Man fatally stabs his wife's boyfriend in Harbor Gateway, police say

A 29-year-old man is in police custody after he stabbed his wife and his wife's boyfriend early Monday morning, authorities said.

53 minutes ago // Reuters

world U.N. council overrides China to add North Korea to agenda

UNITED NATIONS Reuters - Members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday voted to override China's objections and formally add North Korea, including allegations of grave human rights abuses, to the council's agenda.

54 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Best local beers of 2014: Here are three from new Southland breweries

Craft beer continued to inundate the Southland in 2014, with two dozen new breweries opening throughout Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties. It is getting increasingly tough to keep up with all the openings and all the new brews.

54 minutes ago // The Guardian

world How artificial insemination conceived a new era in US-Cuba relations

The US has reportedly confirmed that it enabled the leader of the Cuban Five espionage agents to father a child from prison 2,245 miles away Continue reading...

54 minutes ago // CBS

world Will "The Interview" be released online?

You may soon be able to watch the controversial comedy "The Interview" for free online. There are reports that Sony Pictures could release the movie on its video streaming service, "Crackle." CNET Editor Dan Ackerman joins "CBSN" with more on how else Sony could release the movie through non-traditional means.

55 minutes ago // ABC

world Cuba: Asylum for Fugitives Is Legitimate Right

Cuba says asylum for fugitives legitimate right; clear sign extradition most-wanted off table

56 minutes ago // ABC

world 11 Hurt After Van Drives Into Christmas Market in France

Driver stabs self after crashing into Christmas market in western France, injuring 11

57 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world 11 hurt after van drives into Christmas market in France

PARIS France's top security official says the driver of a van that crashed into a Christmas market in western France on Monday stabbed himself several times after the incident.11 people including the driver were injured in the incident, which occurred in the town Nantes on a busy market full of holiday shoppers.Speaking on French television, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the driver "deliberately crashed into the crowd."Brandet said the driver

57 minutes ago // ABC

world Belfast Leaders Near Deal to Save Power-Sharing

Northern Irish leaders near deal to save Catholic-Protestant government, face all-night talks

57 minutes ago // CBS

world Sony lawyer David Boies says "The Interview" will be distributed

Sony Pictures scrapped the movie last week in the wake of cyberattack and terrorist threats