• Abortion clinic protest buffer zone law passes in Australia

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Legislation preventing protesters from coming within 150 metres of an abortion clinic has passed the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment. The abortion buffer zone laws make it illegal for anti-abortion protesters to harass or film women going in or coming out of the clinics. Protestors who breach the so-called buffer zone may face fines or jail time for repeat offences.

  • Nutella rejects personalised jar for five-year-old girl named Isis

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Illawarra mother Heather Taylor is becoming accustomed to the odd looks, gasps and uncomfortable silences that accompany the mention of her daughter's name. Now she has suffered perhaps the ultimate indignity - being denied a personalised jar of Nutella. Ms Taylor's sister tried to buy five personalised jars - which are labelled with the recipient's name - for her nephew Odhinn and her niece Isis from a Myer department store in Shellharbour. Ms Taylor said, both names were initially flagged as problematic by a computer. After some negotiation, Odhinn was deemed acceptable - but the store manager drew the line at Isis, an acronym commonly used to denote Islamic State.

  • Medical marijuana users get OK from Ontario government to vaporize anywhere

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Medical marijuana users in Ontario are now legally able to use vaporizers just about anywhere in the province. The Liberal government quietly exempted them this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. It means medical marijuana users can vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds. Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said under the exemption for medical marijuana users, employers or restaurant owners could still ban them from smoking on the premises.

  • Italy Ferrari Test Drive

    Updated: 39 min ago

    In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, a man holds the price list at the Push-Start test-drive service, in Maranello, Italy. Just outside the gates of the Ferrari Museum in the carmaker’s birthplace of Maranello, entrepreneurial spirit is clashing with communal concerns for safety and even decorum as a growing gaggle of unaffiliated, independent Ferrari test-drive businesses say they are fighting for survival amid tightening rules imposed by the city.

  • Two journalists arrested for story on intelligence trucks bound for Syria - RIGHTS

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and the daily’s Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gül were arrested Nov. 26 due to a story about Turkish intelligence trucks bound for Syria in early 2014. “We are accused of ‘spying.’ The president said [our action is] ‘treason.’ We are not traitors, spy, or heroes; we are journalists. What we have done here was a journalistic activity,” Dündar said before testifying to prosecutors Nov. 26. “Of course this prosecution will help enlighten how these incidents took place, rather than how we covered this story.”

  • In Saudi Arabia, artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death for atheism

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Dubai: When Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh​ was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution's request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison over a book of poetry he wrote and for allegedly having illicit relations with women. An appeal was filed and the case was sent back to the lower court, but this time around judges threw out defence witness testimony, refused to accept Mr Fayadh's repentance and on November 17 sentenced him to execution for apostasy.

  • 'Catastrophic' If Special Interests Derail Climate Talks, Says Pope

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis has warned that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris. Francis issued the pointed warning in a speech to the U.N.'s regional office here on Thursday after celebrating his first public Mass on the continent: A joyous, rain-soaked ceremony before 300,000 faithful that saw the Argentine pope being serenaded by ululating Swahili singers, swaying nuns, Maasai tribesmen and dancing children dressed in the colors of Kenya's flag.

  • Proposed Bill Would Require Large Stores To Pay Employees Double for Thanksgiving

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A California Assemblywoman is pushing legislation that protects workers on Thanksgiving. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says more retailers are choosing profits over people on Thanksgiving. She says the legislature should get involved to help workers making the sacrifice. The Double Pay On The Holiday Act failed last year, but she says her new proposed bill requires only big retailers—those with more than 500 employees—to pay double time only on Thanksgiving.

  • Black Lives Matter protesters storm Macy's NYC store

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Protesters filled the Macy’s store where the Thanksgiving parade will end today. New York Police say demonstrators entered the flagship store after a Black Lives Matter rally Wednesday night. The rally was aimed at shootings involving black men who were killed by polce - Jamar Clark, 24,  in Minneapolis on Nov. 15, and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. The latter shooting occurred last year, with dash cam video of the incident released this week showing an officer shooting McDonald 16 times..

  • Most hated man on the internet has done it again

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A young pharmaceutical company CEO who bought the rights to a lifesaving HIV-treating drug and increased its price from $18.70 to $1040 per pill has reneged on his pledge to cut it again. Turing Pharmaceuticals chief executive Martin Shkreli, who was dubbed “the most hated on the internet”, has maintained the 5,000 per cent inflated price of parasitic infection treatment Daraprim despite international outcry and a subsequent pledge to lower it. Shkreli shot to infamy — and was labelled a “morally bankrupt sociopath” — after Turing pharmaceuticals first jacked up the price. Compounding the apparent greediness, and the global outrage it caused, was Shkreli’s obliviousness, at one point even “giving the finger” to his critics.

  • Polish foreign minister: Polish cargo ship attacked off coast of Nigeria, 5 crew abducted

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish foreign minister: Polish cargo ship attacked off coast of Nigeria, 5 crew abducted.

  • Mali arrests 2 over attack on luxury hotel in Bamako

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people, according to a statement distributed Friday morning. The statement identified the two Malians, both arrested in Bamako, but provided no other details on their background or their potential roles in the attack. "Questioning of these suspects will shed more light on the motivations of the perpetrators of the sordid terrorist attack perpetrated" at the Radisson Blu hotel on Nov. 20, said the statement sent by army Maj. Modibo Naman Traore. Two gunmen armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosives stormed the hotel before 7 a.m., striking just as security guards were about t

  • The Latest: Francis says education, jobs stop radicalization

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.) ___ 1 p.m. Pope Francis says the way to prevent young people from being radicalized and going off to fight with extremist groups is to give them an education and a job. Francis was asked Friday during his last public event in Kenya what young people can do to prevent their friends and family members from being seduced by radical ideologies that make them want to leave their loved ones behind to go join extremist groups. Kenyans make up the largest contingent of foreign fighters in the Somali based al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab, which has staged a series of attacks in Kenya.

  • Art program gives Boston's homeless a place to create

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — In an elegant church in one of Boston's most chic shopping districts, homeless people from across the city gather once a week to express themselves in ways not possible when living on the streets. As winter approaches, attendance at Common Art increases, and as many as 100 homeless and low-income people paint, draw, knit, sew, make jewelry or engage in other crafts that allow them to boost their self-esteem and make a little cash. Chris Haubrich started coming to Common Art about 10 years ago when he was homeless, and still comes regularly even though he now has an apartment. "This is the place that saved me," Haubrich said, dabbing at a colorful painting of a parrot. "This is my safety net.

  • After Paris attacks, increased resolve for UN climate talks

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited U.N. climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen. But delegates to the two-week talks starting Monday insist they won't let the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital distract them from the task at hand: crafting a landmark deal to fight global warming. If anything, some say, the bloodshed could make countries more determined to reach a deal to address a problem that's widely seen as a factor that contributes to conflict. "There may be even more awareness of how important it is to address climate change, given the impact of climate change on the stability of countries," said Dutch

  • Japan plans extra budget, handouts, to pump up recovery

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Cabinet ministers to prepare an extra spending package, including cash handouts for the poorest pensioners, seeking to breathe fresh life into Japan's stalling recovery. The amount of the supplementary budget has not been decided, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Friday after the Cabinet met. Local media said the package will likely exceed 3 trillion yen ($24.5 billion) and will be prepared in December, for approval early in the new year. It will likely include one-time subsidies of 30,000 yen ($245) for cash-strapped pensioners.

  • Protest over Chicago teen's shooting set for retail district

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — After days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, demonstrators were poised to disrupt Black Friday shopping with a march through the heart of the city's most famous retail district. Demonstrators scheduled the march on Friday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season that packs Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile. Activists hope to bring attention to the Oct. 20, 2014, slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and an investigation into his shooting that some say was mishandled.

  • Horse Thief joins Okie Christmas album cast (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Snap out of your Thanksgiving food coma and put down those Black Friday shopping bags. It’s time to get on board with one of my favorite holiday traditions. Fowler Volkswagen of Norman announced the release of its fifth Christmas record on Friday. The vinyl collection features nine songs and hits shelves on Dec. 11. Here’s an exclusive debut of Horse Thief’s contribution, a cover of the Hawaiian holiday gem "Mele Kalikimaka.” Oklahoma City-based Horse Thief frontman Cameron Neal said he chose the song because of his appreciation for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It’s a family tradition for him to watch the 1989 John Hughes classic.

  • Teen killed by Chicago officer had broken, troubled family

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives' homes and foster care from the time he was 3. Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city's famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct. 20, 2014 — the night a squad-car vide

  • OKC strip club closes during insurance fight

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A longtime south Oklahoma City strip club has shut down due to water damage that the property owner blames on the May 31, 2013, tornado. Outlaw Restaurants Inc. is suing an insurance company for money to make repairs and reopen. The XXXtasy Ranch Gentleman's Club had long been one of the most visible strip clubs in Oklahoma City because of its location along Interstate 35 just south of downtown and its distinctive outdoor sign. The strip club was insured by Century Surety Co. at the time of the storm. The insurance company is based in Michigan. Outlaw Restaurants is complaining in the lawsuit that the insurance company has breached its duty to deal fairly and act in good faith.