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April 22, 2015 10:21 AM Denmark joins European neighbors in outlawing sex with animals

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark has outlawed bestiality, putting the small Scandinavian country in line with several European neighbors, including Germany, Sweden and Norway. In a 91-75 vote, Danish lawmakers approved Tuesday banning sex with animals. Five abstained. The law proposal had been introduced in February by Denmark's farming minister Dan Joergensen 16

April 22, 2015 9:53 AM Lebanon Implements New Traffic Laws Amid Criticism

Lebanon has started implementing a new traffic law that includes speed limits and mandatory seat belts in what officials hope is a move that will reduce deaths from road accidents. Traffic policemen handed out pamphlets to motorists at main Beirut intersections on Wednesday, advising them on new fines in case of violations. In sharp contrast to just the day before 2

April 22, 2015 9:53 AM Despite criticism, Lebanon starts implementing new traffic law on speed limits, higher fines

BEIRUT – Lebanon has started implementing a new traffic law that includes speed limits and mandatory seat belts in what officials hope is a move that will reduce deaths from road accidents. Traffic policemen handed out pamphlets to motorists at main Beirut intersections on Wednesday, advising them on new fines in case of violations. In sharp contrast 15

April 22, 2015 9:41 AM UPDATE 2-UK watchdog fines BoA's Merrill Lynch $20 million for reporting failures

* Bank says problems dealt with as quickly as possible (Adds Bank of America statement, more detail) LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - Britain's markets regulator has fined Bank of America Merrill Lynch a record 13.2 million pounds ($20 million) for failing to report transactions properly over seven years. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Wednesday 63

April 22, 2015 9:33 AM De Blasio aims to cut New York City trash by 90 percent by 2030

New York City trash like the mountain of refuse pictured here would be drastically reduced under a plan set to be announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday. NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output 24

April 22, 2015 9:14 AM UK watchdog fines BoA's Merrill Lynch $20 million for reporting failures

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - Britain's markets regulator has fined Bank of America Merrill Lynch a record 13.2 million pounds ($20 million) for failing to report transactions properly over a seven year period. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Wednesday that Bank of America's Merrill Lynch International arm incorrectly reported 35 million 62

April 22, 2015 7:24 AM Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Expected to Pass Senate

Bipartisan legislation aimed at helping the victims of sex trafficking is set to pass the Senate after lawmakers ended a partisan dispute over abortion that has sidetracked the bill for weeks. The legislation, which looks likely to pass by a wide margin Wednesday afternoon, would boost law enforcement resources and create a new fund to help victims 8

April 22, 2015 7:23 AM Senate moves toward passing human trafficking bill, setting up vote on attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation aimed at helping the victims of sex trafficking is set to pass the Senate after lawmakers ended a partisan dispute over abortion that has sidetracked the bill for weeks. The legislation, which looks likely to pass by a wide margin Wednesday afternoon, would boost law enforcement resources and create a new fund to help victims 10

April 22, 2015 6:03 AM Deputy blames Arizona sheriff for disobeying court over immigration sweeps

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A former supervisor in Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio's human smuggling unit said on Tuesday that the controversial lawman was responsible for disobeying a court's order that effectively shut down his high-profile immigration sweeps. Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff", attended the opening day of hearings to determine 3

April 22, 2015 5:48 AM Posh Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines amid drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beverly Hills, the southern California city renowned for Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, approved stricter water restrictions on Tuesday, including bans on filling new swimming pools and $1,000 fines for water violations. Faced with an order from the governor to cut water use dramatically as the state reels from a three-year 32