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Philadelphia block party shooting leaves 10 wounded, including three children

Phladelphia shootingPolice say a shooting at a block party on Philadelphia's west side wounded up to 10 people, including a toddler and two other children.

An altercation at the party ended when someone fired a shotgun twice at about 10 p.m. on Saturday. Police believe the suspect then drove down the street and fired a handgun several times.


Same-sex ruling will trigger next round of fights

same sex ruling problemsA U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Michigan and across the nation will have sweeping ramifications for gays and lesbians, giving those who marry many rights that opposite-sex couples have, including tax benefits, hospital visitations, joint adoptions and more.

It won't be a complete victory, however.

Even if the court rules, as many expect this month, to overturn same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states — and by extension in the rest of the country — it won't settle every legal question faced by same-sex couples. Much will fall to the states themselves to sort out.


Harmful toxin used in baby clothes should be banned, advocates say

antimoney toxicAn advocacy and research organisation, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is hoping to educate the public about the toxin antimony, push manufacturers to stop using it and ensure that the federal government adheres to its oversight responsibilities.

Antimony is a naturally forming element and metalloid that is found predominantly as sulfide mineral stibnite and has been used by humans for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it in cosmetics.


Charleston shooting: Emanuel AME church reopens for first service

Charleston church reopensThe South Carolina church where nine people died in a gun attack by an alleged white supremacist less than a week ago reopened to worshippers on Sunday.

Worshippers attended the first service at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church since Wednesday, when Dylann Roof, 21, is alleged to have pulled a gun on members of a Bible study group. The church pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a state senator, was among the nine people who were killed.


A child born today may live to see humanity’s end, unless…

the end of humanityHumans will be extinct in 100 years because the planet will be uninhabitable, said the late Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner, one of the leaders in the effort to eradicate smallpox during the 1970s. He blamed overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change.

Fenner’s prediction, made in 2010, is not a sure bet, but he is correct that there is no way emissions reductions will be enough to save us from our trend toward doom. And there doesn’t seem to be any big global rush to reduce emissions, anyway. When the G7 called on Monday for all countries to reduce carbon emissions to zero in the next 85 years, the scientific reaction was unanimous: That’s far too late.


Scientists say global warming doesn't decrease winter mortality rate

winter and global warmingA new study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health disproves the assumption that increased global warming will decrease the amount of winter-related deaths around the world.

Researchers analyzed temperature and mortality data from 39 cities in the U.S. and France and concluded that a warmer climate has little if any correlation to weather-related mortality rates during winter months.


Texas decriminalizing students' truancy

Texas decriminalizes truancyA long-standing Texas law that has sent about 100,000 students a year to adult criminal court for missing school is off the books, though a Justice Department investigation into one county's truancy courts continues.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures, The Texas Tribune newspaper reported. The new law will take effect Sept. 1.


Al Jazeera demands release of reporter held in Germany

Al Jazeera reporterAl Jazeera has urged Germany to immediately release its journalist Ahmed Mansour, who was detained at a Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian authorities.

Mansour, a senior Al Jazeera Arabic TV journalist, was arrested at Berlin's Tegel airport at 13:20 GMT on Saturday as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight from Berlin to Doha.


Texas abortion law teed up for Supreme Court review

Abortion law teed up for SC reviewAbortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.

If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.

The court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, who want the justices to block two provisions of a state law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state. Ten of the remaining 19 clinics will have to shut their doors by July 1, without an order from the Supreme Court.


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