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Southern whites have more black DNA than whites in the rest of US: study

Researchers examined 145,000 DNA samples provided to genetic testing company 23andme for ancestry analysis to determine that at least six million Americans who called themselves white had 1 percent or more African ancestry.
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San Antonio GOP to consider whether non-discrimination laws violate biblical truths

The resolution also claims that “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society” and “must not be presented as acceptable alternative lifestyle.”
North Carolina candidate Deb Butler holds a transvaginal probe during a 2012 campaign ad (Screenshot)

Court strikes down North Carolina ‘transvaginal ultrasound’ anti-abortion law

“While the state itself may promote through various means childbirth over abortion, it may not coerce doctors into voicing that message on behalf of the state in the particular manner and setting attempted here,” the ruling said.
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Dallas cop threatens woman’s daughter, holds service weapon to force mom to perform ‘sex acts’: police

An arrest warrant obtained by the paper said that Kattner had sexually assaulted the woman three times. The woman said that Kattner had shown her warrants for her arrest, and told her that he knew where her daughter lived.
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Passwordgate: Thousands of websites have been openly exposing user passwords

Owners of thousands of websites—including big brands like AT&T, The New York Times, and Macy’s—have been openly exposing their users’ passwords over the past few years.
Pope Francis (AFP)

Spiritual Alzheimer’s: Pope Francis uses Christmas speech to launch scathing attack on Vatican

Pope Francis lambasted the Vatican’s bureaucracy on Monday, saying some within the Church had a lust for power, were indifferent to others and suffered from “spiritual Alzheimer’s”.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (ABC)

New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

In a blistering editorial published in the Monday edition, the editors are calling upon the Justice Department to open an investigation into the torture practices committed during President George W. Bush’s administration.
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6-year-old girl raped, beaten into a coma — and then left naked to die in the snow

“It’s so heartbreaking,” another relative lamented. “I can’t imagine… I mean, she’s just a little girl. And he’s a full grown man.”
Emily Herx (Handout from attorney Kathleen DeLaney)

Jury awards ‘grave immoral sinner’ Catholic teacher $1.9 million for in vitro fertilization firing

During the trial, priests and the local bishop testified that they wanted Herx to show remorse or regret for making the decision she made, but she refused to do so.