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Vermont legislature votes to make same-sex marriage legal

Vermont legislature votes to make same-sex marriage legal Washington  - The legislature of the US state of Vermont on Tuesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal, overriding the governor's veto of a bill that allowed gay couples to marry.

Vermont becomes the fourth state to allow same-sex marriage, and the first to do so through the legislative process and not court action. It joins the states of Iowa, Massachusetts and Connecticut, where the courts intervened to make gay marriage legal.

Sunglass styles for summer 2009: Flashy and extra large

Sunglass styles for summer 2009: Flashy and extra largeHamburg  - Large colourful and flashy. Sunglass fashion this summer is definitely conspicuous.

"Colourful frames are hot and as well as frames with way-out patterns, such as spider webs, peace signs or skulls," said Gabriele Gerling of Germany's central association of opticians in Dusseldorf. Retro is the number one catchword. However, the styles are not reverting to fashion trends just from the 1950s and 1960s. This year everything from the 1930s to the 1970s is represented.

Finland to review driving licence system

Finland to review driving licence systemHelsinki  - Finland, home to several world champion rallies and Formula One racing drivers, is currently studying changes to its system for learner drivers.

A possible change could include adjusting some of the basic training according to gender.

Esko Keskinen, a traffic psychologist with the Finnish Vehicle Administration (AKE), indicated the needs in a recent interview with the Aamulehti newspaper, but said each beginner driver would need to discuss specific needs with their teacher.

Few "plane truths" when it comes to airline child safety seats

Few "plane truths" when it comes to airline child safety seatsBerlin - Stress is almost guaranteed when flying with a baby. But many parents find the hunt for a child safety seat, acceptable to international airlines and in compliance with various government guidelines, even more stressful.

Making the wrong choice can mean reserving a seat, buying or renting a safety seat and then learning just before takeoff that the seat does not pass muster. But not making the effort could mean foregoing basic safety precautions, some experts say.

Big Brother gets smarter by the day

Big Brother gets smarter by the daySydney  - In a verdict that showed Australians that all are equal before the law, former Supreme Court judge Marcus Einfeld was jailed for two years for trying to lie his way out of paying a speeding ticket.

But that wasn't their only lesson.

The conviction also showed that even the country's brightest and best-educated can be undone by underestimating the power of modern technology.

Pets in United States becoming victims of economic crisis

Pets in United States becoming victims of economic crisisWashington  - The US economic crisis is affecting not only Americans, but is having an increasingly bitter effect on their pets as well.

An ever-greater number of US citizens can no longer care for their animals because they have lost their jobs or their houses. As many as 1 million dogs and cats are in danger of losing their homes, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Animal shelters in some southern states are already full.

Gary Weitzman points to a cage with three young shepherd puppies.

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