BruNews: Wednesday, March 19

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Ukraine has conceded loss in the disputed region of Crimea earlier today, having planned to evacuate all troops. This comes only one day after Russia announced it was taking the region. Top political experts predict that Russia’s annexation of Crimea has returned Russian-American relations to, if not a Cold War, certainly a “chilly” one

Long-term sleep deprivation affects brain function even after days of sleep recovery and could lead to lasting brain injury, according to a report from University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

Families of the missing passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were dragged away from reporters by Malaysian government officials after exposing a banner accusing the Malaysian government of hiding the truth. Political acrimony continues to grow in Malaysia because of the missing flight.

El Paso County, Colorado agreed with complaining neighbors that several toilets hanging from a tree, an art installment outside someone’s home, is not art and must be taken down.

Women age 60 and older have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime, while men only have a 1 in 11 chance, according to a report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

A World War I armament exploded at an industrial site in Belgium today, killing two construction workers.

Michael Picciano, a 65-year-old New Yorker, is suing OKCupid after a man he met on the website swindled him out of $70,000.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren ruled that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

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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.

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