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Indiana amends religion bill

Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence has approved changes to a new law that sparked boycotts of the state amid fears that it would allow discrimination against lesbians and gays. Pence had asked lawmakers to clarify language in the religious objections law earlier this week as businesses canceled conventions and governments banned travel to the state. The Indiana legislature approved the changes on Thursday after intense negotiations with business and community leaders, and Pence signed it late in the day. The revised legislation prohibits businesses from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on factors that include race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or military service. The law will take effect on July 1.


Politician’s son arrested

A local politician said his son is one of nine Britons arrested in Turkey while allegedly trying to get to Syria. Shakil Ahmed, a Labour Party councilor in Rochdale, northwest England, said on Thursday he had believed his university student son was in Birmingham, England. Ahmed said he was “shocked, worried and extremely upset” to learn he was in Turkey. British police said the group detained in Turkey on Wednesday includes three men, two women and four children aged one to 11. They are being deported to Britain. The nine are among a spate of recent cases of British citizens trying to reach areas of Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Several have been apprehended, but three teenage schoolgirls are believed to have reached Syria in February.


‘Groundhog Day’ coming

Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway. A musical version of the story about an arrogant weather forecaster forced to live the same day over and over is scheduled to arrive in 2017, thanks to four creators of the hit Matilda the Musical — director Matthew Warchus, composer Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and set and costume design by Rob Howell. The story will be based on the 1993 film that starred Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot. The book will be by Danny Rubin, who cowrote the screenplay with Harold Ramis. The producers are Whistle Pig Productions, Scott Rudin and Columbia Live Stage. No casting was announced. Previews will start in January 2017.


The sweatier the better

Scientists on Thursday said they had developed the first perfume that smells better the more you sweat and reduces body odor. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast said in a statement that the new perfume “releases more of its aroma when it comes into contact with moisture.” The fragrance uses as a delivery system an ionic liquid — salt in the form of liquid — with no smell. “The perfumed ionic liquid releases its aroma when it comes into contact with water, allowing more of the perfume’s scent to be released onto a person’s skin,” the Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories said. The new perfume could also take away bad odors. “The thiol compounds that are responsible for the malodor of sweat are attracted to the ionic liquid, attaching themselves to it and losing their potency,” the scientists said. Queen’s University said it was already working with a perfume company on practical applications and project leader Nimal Gunaratne said it had “great commercial potential.”

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