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Source: CBS News

Court gives "Baby Factory" dad custody of 13 kids from surrogates

Today 09:01 GMT

A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered.

Bangkok's Central Juvenile and Family Court gave Shigeta sole legal custody of the children, ruling that he is financially stable and had showed his plans to care for them.

Source: Common Domain

Top Gymnasts Won’t Participate in Olympic Committee’s Sexual-Abuse Investigation

Today 09:02 GMT

Former Olympic gymnasts, including Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, won’t participate in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s investigation into the sexual-abuse scandal surrounding former national team doctor Larry Nassar, saying they don’t trust the body to conduct a thorough and independent inquiry.

The letter from the gymnasts’ lawyer was a response, in part, to calls that USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun made late last week to several former national-team and Olympic gymnasts, days after the gymnasts’ lawyer told Ropes & Gray his clients didn’t want to take part in the investigation.

Source: Fox News

Soldier killed in Bronx fire honored with medals of valor

Today 09:02 GMT

A soldier who died while saving others in a devastating New York apartment fire late last year was posthumously honored with two medals of valor, the National Guard announced Tuesday.

In January, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called upon the military branch to honor Mensah and said it was his “sincere hope” that the Army would “honor and recognize one of their own who lived and died according to the highest ideals of their institution and of this country.”

Source: The Guradian

See change: the ongoing battle against sexual harassment in the art world

Today 09:01 GMT

Most recently, art collector Steve Wynn – known for spending millions on art, like a $28m Jeff Koons sculpture – resigned as CEO of his casino company after sexual harassment claims surfaced on 7 February.

As for Tompkins, who now boasts an international art career, she hopes the exposure that the We Are Not Surprised and the #MeToo movements will put an end to all the sexual harassment in the art world – and beyond.

Source: NBC News

Colorado father writes open letter after Parkland massacre: 'I was almost a school shooter'

Today 09:02 GMT

Following the massacre of 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school last week, a Colorado father of four wrote an open letter Tuesday claiming that the only thing that stopped him from carrying out his own bloodbath 30 years ago was his inability to get a gun.

The fact that he's hitting upon traumatic background, lack of connection and then his violent tendencies or access to firearms — I think those are really some of the key issues to be having in this conversation," she said.

Source: New York Times

Netanyahu Inquiry Expands, With New Bribery Allegations

Today 09:02 GMT

At the same time, the Israeli police said they had arrested several of Mr. Netanyahu’s friends and confidants, as well as top executives of Bezeq, the country’s biggest telecommunications company, in a widening inquiry into whether Mr. Netanyahu had traded official favors for favorable news coverage.

Back at home, opponents from the Israeli left and center are demanding that Mr. Netanyahu resign or declare himself “incapacitated”: Yair Lapid of the centrist Yesh Atid party, calling in vain for a no-confidence vote, said Monday that Mr. Netanyahu should appoint a temporary prime minister from within his own party. “Israel deserves a full-time prime minister who is not engaged in anything else,” Mr. Lapid said.

Source: DW

Opinion: Is this the end of Germany's SPD?

Today 09:01 GMT

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the SPD's demise is happening at the same time the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) is steadily gaining in popularity — often in voting districts in which the SPD had been extremely strong in the past.

The SPD committed a similarly grave mistake in the spring of 1990, when it refused to allow individuals from former East Germany's Socialist Unity Party (SED) to join the SPD after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Source: Washington Post

U.S. skater Bradie Tennell leads short program early despite ‘shocking’ fall

Today 09:02 GMT

Bradie Tennell, who had shown remarkable poise and consistency in her climb to a surprising win at the U.S. national championships that led into the Olympics, fell to the ice on her first jump combination Wednesday.

In an interview with NBC’s Andrea Joyce, Bradie Tennell said that, on her fall, she let her left arm “get away” from her, and that she “just kind of sat down,” but was not of a mind to let the mishap mar the rest of her program. She acknowledged that it was a “challenge to be the first one out there” to compete in the short program.

Source: CBS News

Man who said wife vanished at sea charged with murder

Today 09:02 GMT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A man who claimed his wife disappeared at sea when their boat collided with an unknown object near the Bahamas was charged Tuesday with killing her and intentionally trying to sink the vessel to cover his tracks.

Lewis Bennett, 41, is charged with second-degree murder on the high seas in the May 2017 disappearance of Isabella Hellman, also 41, of Delray Beach, the FBI said in an affidavit filed in Miami federal court that points to financial greed as the likely motive.

Source: BBC

Ex-charity boss 'faced three complaints'

Today 09:02 GMT

A former chief executive of Save the Children faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving the charity, the BBC has learned.

"We apologise for any pain these matters have caused and sincerely hope that complainants feel able to help us with the review in coming weeks," a spokesman for the charity said.

Source: Washington Post

NFL’s tag window opens today, and the final chapter of the Redskins’ Kirk Cousins saga begins

Today 09:01 GMT

Kirk Cousins will file grievance through players’ union if Redskins use franchise tag on him. ‘I remembered her’: During trip to Israel, Josh Norman reunites with one of his biggest fans. ‘We all knew’: Devin McCourty speaks, but Malcolm Butler’s benching remains mysterious. Major Olympic wardrobe malfunction strikes during French ice dancers’ short program

The Washington Redskins have the option to apply the franchise or transition tag to Cousins in order to keep the 29-year-old quarterback from hitting free agency next month.

Source: BBC

Life after Ebola

Today 09:01 GMT

It has been four years since the Ebola virus outbreak in the West African states of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone was first reported.

Morla Kargbo, another graveyard worker, explains: "People don't even want to rent a house to you if you were involved with bodies during the Ebola time."

Source: Common Domain

The sign I had been waiting for

Today 09:01 GMT

I was raised Catholic and so with that came a lot of praying and repenting and feeling guilty and kneeling and all that.

You better believe every time the thermostat dips below freezing, I'm praising the heavens above that I have a house with heat to sleep in.

Source: CBS News

Amy Poehler fights for better pay for restaurant workers

Today 09:01 GMT

Poehler will join speakers including restaurant, nail salon and car wash workers at a rally Tuesday in New York to call for the state to join seven others that pay tipped workers the general minimum wage, in addition to tips, instead of the lower baseline earnings tipped workers around the U.S. usually make.

In New York, tipped workers on average make between $7.50 and $8.65 an hour, below the state's general minimum wage, which ranges from $10.40 to $13.00, depending on the region, according to the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a group that advocates for better wages and working conditions for restaurant workers.

Source: Common Domain

Iranian Security Forces Clash With Members of Mystical Islamic Sect

Today 09:03 GMT

Police in Tehran arrested hundreds of protesters after five security personnel were killed in confrontations with members of a mystical Islamic sect, the latest sign of social tensions in Iran following widespread demonstrations last month.

Five members of security forces are reported killed; sect members known as dervishes had staged sit-in outside police post

Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Saturday 16:21 GMT
Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: BBC

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Emmanuel Macron challenged over attitude to France’s former colonies

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: CBS News

A salve for inequality Free money for all

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: BBC

How can I become a fossil?

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: CBS News

Photo of rescued gorilla in arms of caretaker wins wildlife photo of the year award

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Supreme Court Declines to Wade Into Fight Over Fannie, Freddie Profits

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: BBC

HSBC profits jump to $17.2bn on Asia growth

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Queen makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: Huffington Post

Ex-Interior Chief Sally Jewell: I Didn't Even Know I Had A Special Flag

Tuesday 14:32 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Stronger Dollar, Higher Treasury Yields Weigh on Gold

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: New York Times

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: CBS News

Sunken treasure from Gold Rush-era shipwreck to go on display

Today 09:02 GMT

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