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11:59 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Alexander Shulgin, The 'Godfather Of Ecstasy,' Dies At 88

Alexander Shulgin, the pharmacologist and chemist known as the godfather of Ecstasy, died Monday at his home in northern California. He was 88.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Alexander Shulgin, the researcher who transformed MDMA from an obscure chemical to a party drug known as Ecstasy, has died at his home in Northern California. He was 88, and the cause was liver cancer, the BBC reported.

In a statement on Facebook, Shulgin's wife and collaborator, Ann Shulgin, said:

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All Tech Considered
11:57 am
Tue June 3, 2014

John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC

Comedian John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 3:53 pm

Things are running smoothly now, but the Federal Communications Commission's public commenting system was so waylaid by people writing in on Monday that the agency had to send out a few tweets saying "technical difficulties" due to heavy traffic affected its servers.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Administration Defends Bowe Bergdahl's Release Amid Criticism

President Obama, Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 31 about the release of their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:47 pm

President Obama today [Tuesday] defended the deal under which Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed in exchange for high-level Taliban prisoners, saying his administration had consulted with Congress over a possible trade. And, he dismissed questions about how Bergdahl was captured by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in June 2009.

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Shots - Health News
9:02 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Despite Law, Rape Victims Sometimes Pay For Medical Services

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:17 am

The effects of a sexual assault can be long-lasting, but the medical bills aren't supposed to be.

Yet a study published recently finds that despite federal efforts to lift that burden from rape victims, a hodgepodge of state rules mean some victims may still be charged for medical services related to rape, including prevention and treatment of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

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Law
5:05 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:42 am

The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.

Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.

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