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US: New Illinois Law Allows Motorcyclists to Drive Through Red Lights

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Have you ever sat at a red light, watching the seconds tick by wondering if the light will ever turn?

Well, motorcyclists and bicycle riders in Illinois no longer have that problem. A new law now allows them to ride through red lights if the light doesn't turn green within a "reasonable period of time." But, according to the Chicago Daily Herald, not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

The law was changed because proponents said motorcycles and bicycles aren't heavy enough to activate the road sensors that make lights change.

Brian Wenholt, a legislative officer for Will County ABATE, said riders have wanted this law for a while.

"It's something I've been complaining about, and a lot of members have too, for years and years," he said to the Orland Park Patch. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education and tries to "preserve the universal right to a safe, unrestricted motorcycling environment," reads their website.


Facebook Photos Still Viewable After Users Delete Them, Website Finds

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Three years after the issue first came to light, it appears photos on Facebook that users have deleted aren't actually off the server, a website has learned.

Writers at the technology blog Ars Technica found that even when they deleted photos, the image file stayed on Facebook's server and was still available, if another user had a direct URL to the image. In effect, all that deleting a photo had accomplished was removing it from Facebook's main interface.

Since Ars Technica first learned of this flaw in Facebook's system back in 2009, the social networking giant has responded to say that it is working with its content delivery network (CDN) partner to resolve the issue and reduce the amount of time it takes for a photo to be deleted.

Heart - Black

New Poll Suggests Majority of Canadians Support the Death Penalty

The death penalty debate in Canada resurfaced last week, when Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu suggested that murderers be given a rope in their cells "to make a decision about his or her life."

It turns out, the majority of Canadians have the same sentiments as Boisvenu.


1 in 10 Doctors Admit Lying in the Past Year

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Everybody lies - even doctors.

A new study finds 11 percent of doctors say that they have told a patient or a child's guardian something that was not true in the past year, and about 20 percent say they have not fully disclosed a mistake to a patient because they were afraid of being sued.

The results also show 34 percent of doctors surveyed did not "completely agree" that physicians should disclose all significant medical errors to affected patients. Instead, these doctors said they only somewhat agreed, or disagreed.

"Our findings raise concerns that some patients might not receive complete and accurate information from their physicians," the researchers write in the February issue of the journal Health Affairs. The findings also question whether patient-centered care - which is a philosophy of medicine that respects the preferences, needs and values of patients - is possible without more openness and honesty, the researchers from Harvard Medical School said.

While the ultimate effect of such untruths is not known, they could make patients "less able to make health care decisions that reflect their values and goals," the researchers said.

To be fair, the researchers acknowledged not knowing the circumstances under which physicians lied, and communication regarding health issues can be complex. Physicians must often wade through conflicting and confusing information as a case goes on. Telling a patient something that turns out to be wrong might not be helpful, the researchers said.

More research is needed to better understand when and why physicians feel justified in a lapse of honesty.


MSNBC Poll: Nearly 75% Oppose Israeli Strike on Iran


UK: "Bored" Clerk Caught Watching Porn During Rape Trial

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"He said that he watched a lot of internet porn," prosecutor says.

A veteran London court clerk caught surfing porn sites during a rape trial said he did so "because he was bored."

Debasish Majumder, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office and five counts of possession of indecent images, the U.K. Daily Mail newspaper reported.

The prosecution alleged Majumder viewed about 30 images between Dec. 9 and 10 during a rape trial. The judge sitting behind him said he noticed the filthy photos as the victim in the case was testifying.

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Canada: Gas Prices Could Leap by Up to 20 Cents a Litre

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When Canadians head out on road trips this spring and summer, they can expect gas prices to take a bigger bite out of their wallets. But energy experts on this side of the border are divided over whether these hikes will be as high as U.S. motorists are bracing for.

Media reports Monday out of the U.S. were suggesting gas prices could rise in some areas this spring by up to 60 cents per gallon (roughly equal to 15 cents per litre). But Calgary-based petroleum industry analyst Michael Ervin sees nothing to suggest hikes of that magnitude in Canada.

Instead, he's predicting "modest" increases of about five to 10 cents per litre - "much much less than what we had become accustomed to seeing prior to the slump in the North American and global economy."

Every year, gas prices tend to rise when warmer weather and school vacations lure more people onto the highways and energy experts are expecting the same pricing habits this spring and summer.

Arrow Up

US: Students Donate Water to Families in Dimock Township

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Shohola Township, Pike County - People from Susquehanna County who say their water has been contaminated by natural gas drilling got some help Monday from an unusual source.

Students from a school in PIke County, which is more than an hour away, donated hundreds of gallons of water to help them.

As part of a community service project, students from Shohola Elementary School donated all the water. It took dozens of students to load car after car Monday afternoon.

"I did it to save the people so they don't drink dirty water," fourth grader Nicole Traxler said.

After Eyewitness News first broadcast word of the water collection last week, organizers say the donations started pouring in.

"It's really important because a lot of people can't even take showers," fourth grader Jimmy Vanorskie said.

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US: Teen gets life for killing 9-year-old; called the murder 'pretty enjoyable'

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Jefferson City, Missouri: A U.S. teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old neighbour because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Alyssa Bustamante, 18, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 slaying of Elizabeth Olten in their small Missouri town. In her diary, she described the experience as "pretty enjoyable."

Bustamante had been charged with first-degree murder. By pleading guilty to the lesser charges, she avoided a trial and the possibility of spending her life in an adult prison with no chance of release.

Bustamante was 15 when she confessed to strangling Elizabeth, repeatedly stabbing her in the chest and slicing the girl's throat. She led police to the shallow grave where she had concealed Elizabeth's body under a blanket of leaves in the woods.


Japan: Frying Dutchman - HumanError

Word was passed around among the people - rich and poor, employer and employee, worker and foreman, and one day, six months later, the entire nation came to a standstill. -- the nuclear power stations shut down, transport systems halted, freeways were blocked. everything stopped. the farmers didn't deliver their produce, radio and television networks ceased transmitting, communication systems shut down. The police were helpless in the face of such unity, for, in a matter of hours, millions of people had joined in the 'cease work'. it seemed, for that time, the people had forgotten their hates, jealousies, differences of opinion as they united against injustice and tyranny. a police force and an army comprise human beings and these human beings had relatives and friends among the crowd...