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Mississippi Ratifies Slavery Ban After ‘Lincoln’

Earlier this month, Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment banning slavery, after a specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center saw the movie “Lincoln” and started digging into the states’ ratification of the legislation.

Climate Bill Supporters Urge Obama To Move Unilaterally – And Fast

The least expected but most fanciful moment in President Obama’s State of the Union address came less than halfway through when he called on Congress to revive a long-dead bipartisan consensus in favor of addressing climate change.

Farmer’s Fight With Monsanto Reaches The Supreme Court

This week, the Supreme Court will take up a classic David-and-Goliath case. On one side, there’s a 75-year-old farmer in Indiana named Vernon Hugh Bowman; on the other, the agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Targeted Cancer Drugs Keep Myeloma Patients Up And Running

Don Wright got diagnosed with multiple myeloma at what turned out to be the right time. It was 10 years ago, when he was 62.

Japan disaster relief effort boosted by ‘goodwill gold rush’

An anonymous donor has sent gold ingots worth at least £160,000 to survivors of the March 2011 tsunami in north-east Japan, as the region prepares to mark the second anniversary of the disaster.

Time to refer Syrian war crimes to ICC, U.N. inquiry says

(Reuters) – United Nations investigators said on Monday that Syrian leaders they had identified as suspected war criminals should face the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Hugo Chavez returns home to Venezula

Hugo Chávez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.

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