Fourth Conn. High School Student Charged In Sexual Assault Case

Torrington High School Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio […]

On Wednesday, a fourth high school football player in Torrington, Conn., was charged in a statutory rape case involving two 13-year-old girls. Investigations related to the sexual assault charges began on Feb. 10, 2013, but other basic details of the case remain unknown to the public as a state judge has sealed information about the allegations


4 Afghan Children Among Those Killed In U.S.-Afghan Operation

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Five Afghan civilians, including four Afghan children, died during a joint Afghan-NATO raid Tuesday night in the the eastern Afghanistan province of Logar — adding to the 17,000 civilians killed during the 11-year U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. Coalition forces also killed 23 Taliban fighters and captured 26 others during the two-day


Hundreds Of Undocument Immigrants Subject To Isolation, Psychological Torture

Looking down the wall in the Solitary Confinement area […]

(MintPress) - “ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is clearly using excessive force, since these are civil detentions,” said Dr. Terry Kupers, a psychiatrist who studies solitary confinement at the Wright Institute, a graduate school in psychology based in Berkeley, Calif. “And that makes this a human rights abuse.” According to new federal


Overhauling Antiquated Copyright Laws: Experts Urge Bringing It Into 21st Century

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(MintPress) - Copyright laws in the U.S. are woefully antiquated — sometimes keeping music or works of literature out of the public domain for as long as 120 years after production. Maria Pallante, register of copyrights, testified before a Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary last week,


Federal Court Denies Group’s Appeal To Reclassify Medical Marijuana

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(MintPress) - On March 22, the medical marijuana patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), filed a petition with the federal court of appeals, hoping to reclassify marijuana for medical use. Currently marijuana is recognized federally as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that among other things, the U.S. federal government does not


World Water Day Spotlights Worldwide Water Pollution Crisis

Children play at a flooded street in Manila, Philippine […]

(MintPress) - Visit any social networking site and it’s hard to miss the hashtag promoting World Water Day — a day where people around the globe are encouraged to think about those without access to clean, safe drinking water and encouraged by nonprofit organizations to make a financial donation to the cause. Though many people around the world