In The News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Injury; explosion.] At least eight people were injured and several buildings destroyed when a Philadelphia row house exploded. The blast was caused by natural gas while a contractor was rehabbing the vacant property.

Judge C. Darnell Jones II, a George W. Bush appointee, rules that Jennifer Tobits is entitled to the survivor benefits of her late wife Sarah Ellyn Farley.

The Supreme Court may soon strike down campaign finance limits altogether. Neat! That will definitely destroy any semblance of a remaining democracy completely!

General Mills, who owns the Betty Crocker brand, will donate custom cakes for the weddings of the first same-sex couples who will marry in Minnesota. Loooooooooove!

[CN: Hostility to agency; death.] Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins signs into law a bill legalizing abortion "in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk." RIP Savita Halappanavar. And all the other women whose names aren't as widely known, who died because this basic bit of decency was not legal fact.

Nine-year-old chess badass Carissa Yip is awesome.

[CN: Animal cruelty.] New Hampshire paves the way for achieving a(n almost) zero kill status for unwanted animals. Let's make this happen, America!

Sam Simon, a co-creator of The Simpsons, is dying, and intends to leave the tens of millions he earns every year in royalties to charity. I'm not a fan of all his favorite charitable organizations, but that is some pretty remarkable generosity, which will help a lot of people and animals.

"Scientists grow human tooth using stem cells taken from urine." Sure.

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