BruNews: Wednesday, March 5

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Scientists genetically altered 12 H.I.V.-positive people’s cells to make them resistant to the AIDS virus, a new report released today shows. If enough cells can be engineered to repel the virus, AIDS in these patients may in effect be cured. Researchers announced at a Boston conference today that a baby born with H.I.V. had been cured. A clinical trial in which 60 babies born infected will be administered drugs within 48 hours is set to begin soon.

The Boston Supreme Court ruled today that a man who took cellphone pictures up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law. “A female passenger…wearing a skirt, dress, or the like… is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt,” the court said in its ruling.

Pope Francis announced in a newspaper interview published today that the Catholic Church could support some types of civil unions, but maintained the church’s longstanding view that marriage is between a man and woman.

Israeli naval commandos seized an Iranian shipment of rockets in international waters today. Israeli officials believe the rockets were intended for Palestinian militant groups in Gaza.

The European Union offered $15 billion in aid to Ukraine over the next two years. Russia’s foreign minister and defense minister both denied today that there were Russian troops in Crimea.

Arby’s purchased Pharrell’s (in)famous mountain ranger hat, which he debuted at the Grammy’s, for $44,100 on Ebay today.

Pregnant South Carolina resident Ebony Wilkerson, 31, drove a minivan carrying her three children into the Atlantic Ocean. Wilkerson and her children, ages 3, 9 and 10, were pulled from the car and the children were handed over to welfare authorities.

The College Board announced major changes to the SAT today, including the elimination of the obligatory essay and obscure vocabulary words and reverting the scoring back to the 1600 scale.

Software developer Spritz is going public with their program claiming to significantly increase reading speed. Their goal is have 15% of all textual content read with their method by 2016. Check out “spritzing” here.

Senate rejected Debo P. Adegbile, Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division, today.

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