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Yoga at the White House
Barack and Michelle Obama will host a “yoga garden” during their annual Easter festivities today. The First Couple has long promoted yoga as a way to stay in shape. But the Times of India reports that not everyone in the U.S. is on board: in California, parents have brought a law suit against schools that teach yoga, saying the Indian practice is inherently religious and promotes Hinduism.
One problem for the plaintiffs? The judge himself is a devoted practitioner of yoga. “Does anybody have a problem with that?” San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer asked as the case began.
More trouble with U.S. and Russia over adoption
The Russian Foreign Ministry is apparently concerned that the organs of two deceased adopted Russian children may have been used for transplants in the U.S., according to The Moscow Times. The news came in a leaked report from the Foreign Ministry, which did not specify if any transplants had actually taken place.
Not sure why this is newsworthy? In Russia, many nationalists are convinced that the U.S. government uses adopted Russian children as “material for organ transplantation,” in the words of one politician. Such fears led Russia to ban Americans from adopting children at the beginning of the year.
Shale gas heading to Japan
In the wake of the disaster at Fukushima, Japan is struggling to find affordable and reliable sources of power. Only two of Japan’s 50 reactors are up and running. One solution, reports The Japan Times, might be shale gas from America. Thanks to new discoveries of liquefied natural gas reserves and advances in “fracking” techniques, the U.S. has a glut of natural gas.
Three Japanese firms, including Mitsubishi, have started or acquired gas development projects in the U.S. They plan to begin importing natural gas into Japan in 2017.