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U.S Federal Appeals Court: Judge rips death penalty states for secretive, unproven execution methods - comparable to high school chemistry class

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Lethal injection room
A federal appeals court judge excoriated states that have resorted to secretive and unproven methods for lethal injections, calling the source of the drug Missouri used Wednesday for an execution as "nothing more than a high school chemistry class."

Judge Kermit Bye, of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, ripped death penalty states for their increasingly closed approaches in carrying out capital punishments with the aid of anonymous compounding pharmacies that supply drugs.

Bye leveled his disapproval hours before Michael Taylor, 47, was executed for the 1989 murder of a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City. Taylor was put to death using pentobarbital from a pharmacist that the Missouri Department of Corrections will not disclose.

Though the Eighth Circuit did not stay Taylor's execution - nor did the US Supreme Court halt the proceedings - Bye said in his dissent the Eighth Amendment "prohibits the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain through torture, barbarous methods, or methods resulting in a lingering death."

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Here's the surprising reason why so many bosses are horrid to their women employees

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Father figure? Perhaps he's hen-pecked
  • Men's attitudes to female colleagues depends on their wives and daughters
  • A boss with a stay-at-home wife is likely pass up a women for a promotion
Are you a working woman who thinks you're overdue a pay rise? Are you frustrated that a long-deserved promotion continues to elude you?

If your boss is male, there may be factors thwarting your career progression that have nothing whatsoever to do with your ability and everything to do with his personal life.

It may not matter if you've brought in more business than your peers, single-handedly turned round your company's fortunes or even invented a cure for cancer. The most important factor may be whether your boss's firstborn happens to be a girl rather than a boy, or whether his wife is a stay-at-home mother.

That's according to a groundbreaking piece of new research, which shows that men see female colleagues through a lens defined by the nature of their close relationships with women in their private lives.

For example, if his eldest child is female, a male boss will pay his staff more, give women the biggest raises and be more likely to treat male and female colleagues as equals. Conversely, he will pay his female and male employees less (and himself more) after having sons.

If he has sisters, a male boss is more likely to cling more to traditional gender roles and believe a woman's place is in the home.

This is also true if his wife happens to be a stay-at-home mum: in which case his world view, albeit unconscious, is that working women are less competent and female-run organisations less effective.

This disapproval means he is less likely to promote qualified female employees.

It's a shock. No matter what key client accounts you bring in or how long and hard you work, the fact your boss's wife spends her days volunteering for the school cake sale committee or honing her abs at the gym may make you less competent in his eyes.


Disabled Vietnam vet, 70, shot in the stomach by police as he reached for his CANE during a traffic stop

Bobby Canipe
Shot: Bobby Canipe is recovering in hospital after a deputy fired at him

A disabled Vietnam vet was shot in the stomach by police in South Carolina as he reached for his cane during a traffic stop.

Bobby Canipe, 70, is recovering from emergency surgery after York County deputy Terrence Knox fired several times on Tuesday evening.

Mr Canipe had been pulled over near Clover for an expired license as he returned from a day out to watch car racing.

The 24-year-old deputy believed the elderly man was trying to grab a rifle from the back of his pick up truck and fired at him, with one bullet striking Mr Canipe.

'Deputy Knox was forced to make a split-second, life-or-death decision and fired his weapon several times, striking Canipe once,' Trent Faris, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said.

Joe Ashwell, who was driving along the same road at the time of the shooting, said he heard gunfire and saw an officer trying to help a man on the ground.


Armed men seize Crimea parliament and hoist Russian flag

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Barricades in front of local government building with banner which reeds: 'Crimea Russia" in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Ukraine put its police on high alert after dozens of armed pro-Russia men stormed and seized local government buildings in Ukraine's Crimea region early Thursday and raised a Russian flag over a barricade.
Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine's Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade.

The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying "Crimea is Russia."

They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist's questions. Phone calls to region's legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.

Ethnic Tatars who support Ukraine's new leaders and pro-Russia separatists had confronted each other outside the regional parliament on Wednesday.

Interfax quoted a local Tatar leader, Refat Chubarov, as saying on Facebook: "I have been told that the buildings of parliament and the council of ministers have been occupied by armed men in uniforms that do not bear any recognisable insignia."

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Heartless: Zoos in Europe kill 5,000 healthy animals every year

Revelation comes in wake of controversy over healthy giraffe put down in Copenhagen

Up to 5,000 healthy zoo animals - including hundreds of larger ones such as giraffes, lions and bears - are killed by zoos in Europe every year, it is claimed today.

The revelation comes in the wake of the international furore over the killing of Marius, a healthy 18-month-old giraffe, by Copenhagen Zoo. It has since been established that five of the animals have been put down by zoos in Denmark since 2012.

Across Europe, 22 healthy zebras, four hippos and two Arabian Oryx were also put down. The Oryx were killed at Edinburgh and London zoos in 2000 and 2001.

Several German zookeepers were prosecuted in 2010 for killing three tiger cubs at Magdeburg Zoo. However, some zoos, such as Twycross in Warwickshire, have a policy of not putting down healthy animals.

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The Revolution within Democracy

One more year is approaching its closure and many people across the globe will soon look at their children and say "Well, this one was as terrible as it gets but then 2014 should be better - must be!"

Years ago the most senior - by length of service, if not by age or statute - head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, called the outgoing year annus horribilis. With God's blessing, the ensuing years have brought up plenty of reasons for her and her large family to feel happy, joyful and optimistic - including this one, with the birth of her great-grandson George. But for many hundreds of millions of people 2013 has been one of continuous decline of fortunes, and the prospects for 2014 are pointing further downwards.

The establishment will have it that this is just one of those regular crises that are due to the cyclical nature of the markets driven by supply/demand mechanisms; well, a bit longer than the regular, yet soon to diffuse out (almost by itself). We beg to differ: the ongoing crisis exposed the underlaying faults of the current political system and the structural damage it wreaks onto its respective national economy and - as these are more and more interdependent - internationally as well. The culprit: the very existence of Nomenklatura.


Missouri man put to death for rape, murder of school girl after appeals dismissed

Convicted killer Michael Taylor is shown in this Missouri Department of Corrections photo released on February 25, 2014.
A Missouri man was executed early on Wednesday for raping and murdering a 15 year-old school girl, authorities said after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a flurry of petitions seeking a stay.

Michael Taylor died by lethal injection 25 years after he and an accomplice abducted Ann Harrison while she was waiting for a school bus. The two men then raped her and then stuffed her in the trunk of a car where they stabbed her to death.

The 47-year-old had pleaded guilty. But his attorneys launched a string of appeals, including one asserting the drugs used for lethal injection could subject him to a slow and tortuous death.

Before his execution, Taylor told Reuters that he had great remorse for his crime and said it was fueled by crack cocaine.

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Nigerian father arrested for fitting a PADLOCK to four-year-old son's mouth to stop him screaming as he beat him to death

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A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Nigeria's Lagos state after authorities found he had locked his son's mouth to prevent him from screaming while the "evil child" was beaten to death.

Chris Elvis has been taken into custody pending further investigation into the incident.

Elvis has blamed the four-year-old Godrich for his ill-fortune in recent days and decided to kill his son as he was perceived as an "Ogbanje" or "child of evil".

The bizarre incident took place in the Meiran area of Lagos, the port and the most populous city of Nigeria.

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Armed group seizes Crimea's parliament and hoists Russian flag

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Security forces are on alert after the buildings of the Crimean parliament and administration have been seized by an unknown group of people. Ukraine's autonomous region is divided over the acceptance of new authorities in Kiev.

Thousands gathered in front of the parliament building on Wednesday with crowds split between those supporting the new government and those calling for integration with Russia. Two people were killed and over 30 were injured in clashes.

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At around 4am local time, an unknown group of people barricaded themselves inside the buildings. According to local officials, those people might have been armed.

The men wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II, according to AP. They placed a Russian flag on top of the Council of Ministers.

"I will participate in the negotiations. We will swiftly inform Crimeans of the current developments today. Everything is under control, the negotiating process is under way," Prime Minister of Crimea Anatoly Mogilyov told a local TV station.

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Slaughterhouse under criminal investigation for selling meat from dairy cows with eye cancer

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In this January 13, 2014 photo, cows wait to be butchered at Rancho Veal Slaughterhouse in Petaluma, Calif. Rancho Feeding Corp. has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track down all of its beef shipments over the past year, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma slaughterhouse that recently recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef, is under criminal investigation by the federal government for killing and selling meat from dairy cows with cancer, according to sources who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

Rancho was allegedly buying up cows with eye cancer, chopping off their heads so inspectors couldn't detect the disease and illegally selling the meat, the sources said.

Although it's against federal law, experts say eating the meat isn't likely to make people sick. So far, no one has reported becoming ill from eating the meat.

The huge recall and criminal investigation hasn't just affected Rancho. Private cattle producers, who used the facility for custom slaughtering, have also been swept up, leaving the shelves with a dearth of local, natural and high-end beef.