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Writers’ PEN Protest Reignites Charlie Hebdo Debate

Six novelists have withdrawn as hosts of a PEN event, saying they took the action to protest against an award to the controversial French publication Charlie Hebdo.

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Americans Are About as Religious as ‘Godless’ Europeans, Data Shows

“The majority of Americans identify technically as Christians,” writes Amanda Marcotte at AlterNet, “but a deeper look at how our people act, believe, and think shows that we’re not at all a ‘Christian nation,’ but a largely secular nation that suffers a small but vocal minority of theocracy-minded conservatives.”

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Aftershocks Hinder Rescue Efforts in Nepal as Quake Death Toll Passes 2,500

Officials expect the number of people killed and injured in Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake to rise well above 2,500 and 5,000 respectively.

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Comcast Merger With Time Warner Is Scrapped

The takeover’s collapse comes shortly after outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave regulators his approval to challenge the merger, which they had feared would harm competition and consumers alike.

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An 80-Proof Solution to Multiple Sclerosis?

Sufferers of multiple sclerosis who consumed hard liquor experienced a degree of relief from disability, researchers report.

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Bill Intended to Rein In NSA Spying Retains Significant Powers

Modifications to the USA Freedom Act made on behalf of the National Security Agency permit officials to warrantlessly monitor foreign targets in the U.S. and track certain domestic individuals.

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Anti-Sovereignty Trans-Pacific Partnership Passes House Committee

An agreement that would free companies engaged in international trade from rules intended to protect labor, environmental and other interests cleared a key committee in the U.S. Congress.

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Journalist for The Intercept Is Kicked Out of Counterterrorism Conference

“We’re not banning you, we’re just not allowing you access,” a security officer told reporter Ryan Gallagher when he showed up at one of the world’s largest annual counterterrorism events.

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills American Hostage of al-Qaida

President Obama expressed “profound regret” over the deaths of two hostages—an American and an Italian—in a drone strike on al-Qaida in January before praising what he described as his administration’s exceptionally transparent response to the tragedy.

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How One Woman’s Bogus Tale of Her Battle With Nonexistent Brain Cancer Fooled the Media

This is the story of how one enterprising 23-year-old from Australia with the headline-friendly name of Belle Gibson made a bald and pathological play for health-conscious consumers’ lunch money by peddling a false cancer fable—and a handy app to go with it.

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