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Michael Phelps’ Girlfriend Was Born A Man?

A woman who claims to be the girlfriend of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps revealed in a Facebook post that she was born intersex, a fact she has not previously revealed to Phelps, among others. Taylor Lianne Chandler, 41, wrote a lengthy post describing her early life, saying that at birth she had male genitalia with no testicles as well as ...

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5,000 Dead From Ebola Across Eight Countries

More than 5,000 people have died from the Ebola virus, marking a macabre waypost that coincides with the disease’s return to Mali and a pickup in its spread in Sierra Leone, according to a status update released yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO). Ebola has killed 5,160 out of 14,098 people infected across eight countries, according to the group’s ...

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Ferry Captain Sentenced To 36 Years in Jail

Lee Joon-seok, the captain widely derided by families for leaping to safety while the hundreds of people remained inside the sinking South Korean ferry, was sentenced today to 36 years in jail. In Photo: Lee Joon-seok (center) Although he was acquitted of murder, Lee was found guilty of violating “seamen’s law” and abandonment causing death and injury. The sentence was ...

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Mia Love is The First Black Woman Republican Elected To Congress

Republican Mia Love defeated her Democratic opponent Doug Owens in the race to represent Utah’s 4th congressional district, the AP reported early today. With that win, Love becomes the first black woman Republican elected to US Congress. Utah’s 4th district is currently represented by Rep. Jim Matheson (D), who announced in December 2013 he would not seek re-election. Matheson defeated ...

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Washington D.C. Legalize Marijuana

Voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C., have voted to approve sweeping pro-marijuana legalization. In Oregon, the law legalizes personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older. Mimicking similar plans in Washington State and Colorado, the Oregon law will also create a commercial regulatory system for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Washington, ...

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First Black Senator Elected in US South Since The Civil War

Voters in South Carolina, USA, elected the first African-American to the US Senate from the South since the years immediately following the Civil War. Tim Scott, 49, was expected to easily win the historic vote after having been appointed un-elected to the post in 2012 when the previous senator stepped down. The son of a nursing assistant who grew up ...

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Republicans Seize Senate & Gain Full Control of Congress

Republicans scored a decisive victory last night in USA, winning at least 52 seats to gain control of the Senate for the first time since 2006. On a banner evening, the GOP reached its magic number around 11:30 p.m., knocking off Democratic incumbents in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina and staving off challenges in key battleground states like Georgia and ...

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Bill Gates To Donate us$500m To Help Fight Malaria & Ebola

US philanthropist Bill Gates yesterday announced he will donate over us$500m to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action. Gates also said that in addition to that pledge, his foundation has boosted its annual funding for malaria by 30%. The Gates Foundation announced in September a us$50m commitment ...

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is ‘Proud To Be Gay’

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook came out today, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay. “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek. In his column, the Apple chief said that he had tried to maintain ...

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Zambian President Michael Sata Dies at 77

Zambian President Michael Sata, who was nicknamed “King Cobra” for his fiery comebacks and larger-than-life personality, has died. He was 77. Sata had traveled to London for unspecified medical treatment last week, and died at a hospital there yesterday evening. Officials did not disclose a cause of death. “It’s shocking, it’s devastating, because I knew he was sick. But I ...

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