May 26, 2016

Harriet Tubman to Appear on $20 Bill, While ‘Hamilton’ Popularity Keeps Founding Father on $10

A portrait of Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist and a Union spy during the American Civil War, circa 1870. (Photo by HB Lindsey/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department will announce on Wednesday afternoon that Harriet Tubman, an African-American who ferried thousands of slaves to freedom, will replace the slaveholding Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 note, according to a Treasury official, while newly popular Alexander Hamilton will remain on the face of the $10 bill. Other depictions of women and civil rights leaders will also be part of new currency designs. The new designs, from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, would be made public in 2020 in time for the centennial of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment to…

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Dallas woman forced son, 4, to eat ant poison, charged with attempted murder


A Dallas mother forced her 4-year-old son to ingest ant poison after telling her three children that she planned to kill them and herself, according to police documents released Sunday. Paw Eh, 31, was arrested Saturday and charged with attempted capital murder. Her youngest child had improved from critical to stable condition by Sunday afternoon, police said. Eh’s 12-year-old daughter told investigators that Eh called the 4-year-old downstairs to the kitchen of a Lake Highlands apartment. The girl said she watched her mother open the poison and put a tablespoon into the container, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Eh…

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Proposed panty-like female condom excites Ugandan market


Just a few hours after the World Female Condom Day, a new panty- like female condom due to go on the market excited the public on Thursday. The condom, which is sold together with a female panty, is going to be introduced on the market as stakeholders continue grappling with the low uptake of female condoms already on the market. According to Dr Moses Muwonge, the director of Samasha Medical Foundation, the condoms, which are currently available in Europe, are yet to be approved by the ministry of Health. “The panty condom has a stronger material and allows for change…

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[VIDEO] Ghana’s talented but ignored inventors compete with leading 4×4 manufacturers

A father and his pilot son in a country with no history of manufacturing are making products that will stun the world. Imagine having a television set that comes on after an effortless clap or by blowing air; picture yourself in a car that is engineless and starts with a simple push of a button tucked to your dress; or a change-over-machine that speaks and tells you where exactly a fire or electrical fault is in your home. This is not fiction. It is not magic. It is not happening in Europe or Asia and not even in the United…

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Texas Governor Abbott Signs Pastor Protection Act Into Law to protect those who decline to officiate gay marriages


Since the Supreme Court set the way clear for gay marriages to be legal across the US, many pastor were at odds with the decision which they felt would infringe on their religious beliefs. A judge in Alabama cancelled all weddings so as to avoid having gay marriages from taking place in his county. Texas pastors opposed to officiating gay marriages can have a sigh of relief. Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 2065 (Estes, R-Wichita Falls; Sanford, R-McKinney), the Pastor Protection Act, which protects religious organizations and individuals from performing marriage ceremonies that violate sincerely-held religious beliefs. Governor…

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What your tongue confesses: Student who posted on Facebook that “it is better to die from Vodka than from boredom” dies from Vodka


His Facebook profile said ‘it is better to die from vodka than from boredom’. A drinking competition went tragically wrong for 23-year-old Humberto Moura Fonseca when he died after downing 25 shots of vodka in less than 60 seconds. The University of Julio de Mesquita student was taking part in a drinking game in Bauru, south-western Brazil, at the time of his death. ‘Humberto and the others were really up for it,’ said his friend Rodrigo Pancetti, also 23. ‘On his Facebook there’s a quote, a motto, from the Russian poet Vladimir Maiakovski which says “It is better to die from vodka…

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Meant to Keep Malaria Out in Africa, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Fish, as Bridal Gowns

Mosquito net

BANGWEULU WETLANDS, Zambia — Out here on the endless swamps, a harsh truth has been passed down from generation to generation: There is no fear but the fear of hunger. With that always weighing on his mind, Mwewa Ndefi gets up at dawn, just as the first orange rays of sun are beginning to spear through the papyrus reeds, and starts to unclump a mosquito net. Nets like his are widely considered a magic bullet against malaria — one of the cheapest and most effective ways to stop a disease that kills at least half a million Africans each year….

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Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign


Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African-American to be the nation’s top cop — will announce later today that he is resigning, a Justice Department official told ABC News. The announcement comes after nearly six years at the helm of the department that were marked by both highs and lows for a man who came in to revamp what many considered a demoralized and scandal-plagued institution. Under Holder’s leadership, the Justice Department saw “historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement,” particularly on the issues of gay rights, sentencing reform and voting rights, and in the coming Holder is expected…

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Town where entire population is made up of beautiful young women makes appeal for single men


More than 600 women make up the population of Noiva do Cordeiro, southeast Brazil, and they are renowned in the local area for being extremely attractive. A town where the entire population is made up of young women has made an appeal for single men – but only those willing to live by female rules. Over 600 women make up the population of Noiva do Cordeiro, southeast Brazil – most aged between 20 and 35. Although some are married with families, their husbands are made to work away from home, only being allowed to return at weekends. Sons are sent…

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Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead


An Australian hospital apologised on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its – very much alive – patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia’s second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors. The notices were the result of an inadvertent change to the templates the hospital sends to doctors once a patient has been discharged, operator Austin Health said in a statement. “We apologised unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were very understanding about the error,” it said. Patient care had not been…

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