Poland Has Backtracked On Its Controversial “Holocaust Law”

Poland’s Parliament has voted to revise legislation that caused an international outcry by making it a crime to blame the Polish nation for the Holocaust. While the legislation is not being entirely repealed, under the revised law, criminal penalties, including possible prison sentences, will be removed, “This law very much shook the world’s consciousness,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a Wednesday morning session of Parliament, as he called on lawmakers to amend the law. “Good name and the truth are as important as security.” The original law allowed…

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A Japanese Blogger Was Stabbed To Death After Giving A Lecture About Online Abuse

A Japanese blogger was allegedly stabbed to death by an internet troll he had feuded with online after giving a talk Sunday night on how to deal with online disputes. Kenichiro Okamoto, 41, an employee at an internet security firm, was found with multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck in the bathroom at Fukuoka Growth Next, a startup support center in the city of Fukuoka, around 8 p.m., according to the Mainichi newspaper. Okamoto, who blogged by the name Hagex, was scheduled to deliver a two-hour lecture on…

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Usually, It’s The US Pushing For The OAS To Investigate Human Rights Abuses. This Time It’s The Target.

Mexico will present a resolution before the Organization of American States condemning the Trump administration’s immigration policy, the Mexican foreign minister announced Tuesday. Mexico expects the resolution to be cosponsored by other members of the international organization, and it could be presented as soon as Friday, when the next meeting of the OAS is scheduled, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said during a meeting with Mexican legislators and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro in Washington, DC, where the OAS is located. The resolution will condemn the separation of children from their…

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A Journalist Was Asked If He Was Muslim. Then He Was Denied Access To A Meeting By Israeli Officials.

An Associated Press journalist was denied access to a meeting between the UK’s Prince William and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Israeli security officials questioned whether he was “Muslim.” AP’s chief TV producer Nebi Qena was repeatedly asked about his “extraction,” while colleagues of his were asked about his religion, specifically whether he was Muslim. Qena, who is originally from Albania, has lived and worked in Israel for three years and has been with AP for 10. Before the meeting — part of Prince William’s historic tour of the…

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Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast

I don’t eat breakfast. It’s not that I dislike what’s offered. Given the choice of breakfast food or lunch food, I’d almost always choose eggs or waffles. It’s just that I’m not hungry at 7:30 a.m., when I leave for work. In fact, I’m rarely hungry until about lunchtime. So, other than a morning cup of coffee, I don’t eat much before noon. This habit has forced me to be subjected to more lectures on how I’m hurting myself, my diet, my work and my health than almost any other.…

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You’d Be Surprised at How Many Foods Contain Added Sugar

You may know there’s added sugar in your Coke or cookies. But did you know that it’s in your salad dressing, pasta sauce and bread? The Food and Drug Administration came out Friday with its new template for nutrition labels. One big change was the addition of a line for “added sugar,” to be placed below a line for total sugar. The change is designed to distinguish between sugars that are naturally occurring in a food — like the milk sugar in a plain yogurt — and the sugars that…

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A Study on Fats That Doesn’t Fit the Story Line

Of course, this is only one study. It involved only institutionalized patients. Only about a quarter of the participants followed the diet for more than a year. The diets don’t necessarily look like what people really ate, then or now. But this is still a large, randomized controlled trial, and it’s hard to imagine we wouldn’t at least discuss it widely. Moreover, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of all studies that looked at this question. Analyzed together, they still found that more people died on the linoleic-acid-rich diets, although the…

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Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required

Two years ago, Kristi Wood was tired and achy and could not think clearly, and she had no idea why. “I was in a fog and feeling awful,” said Ms. Wood, 49, who lives in Seattle and is an owner of a hiking supply company. Ms. Wood had her blood tested by a consumer service called InsideTracker, which analyzes 30 hormones and biomarkers, such as vitamin levels, cholesterol and inflammation. After the service told Ms. Wood she had excessive levels of vitamin D, she cut back on a supplement she…

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Trial shows poliovirus may be effective in treating deadly brain cancer

Debbie Puffer, 61, has been a patient at Duke University since 2014 when doctors began treating her deadly brain cancer, glioblastoma, with a most unlikely weapon: poliovirus. At first, she was skeptical. “I was just going to go home and bury my head in the sand and then I realized, no, no, I’m not supposed to do that,” Puffer said. For the last four years, “60 Minutes” has charted the journey of doctors and patients-turned-medical pioneers. The poliovirus can attach to a protein on the surface of cancer cells. The…

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College football player had brain damage at time of suicide

PULLMAN, Wash. — The family of the Washington State football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that’s been linked to concussions from playing the sport. Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide note in January. Mark and Kym Hilinski told NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday that the Mayo Clinic requested to do an autopsy of their son’s brain. The interview comes alongside the debut of a new Sports Illustrated documentary about the family’s search for…

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