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Illinois legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples

CHICAGO — Illinois became the 12th US state to extend legal recognition to same-sex couples Monday after its governor signed a law allowing for civil unions. The law stops short of allowing gays and lesbians to get married, but grants them the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. “Today is…

Arizona city plans to fingerprint pharmacy customers

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime An Arizona city’s proposed law requiring people buying certain drugs to be fingerprinted has civil liberties advocates concerned about what they say is an unwarranted intrusion on privacy rights. Facing a growing problem with prescription fraud,…

Mubarak’s new deputy linked to CIA rendition program

WASHINGTON — The man named by President Hosni Mubarak as his first ever deputy, Egyptian spy chief Omar Suleiman, reportedly orchestrated the brutal interrogation of terror suspects abducted by the CIA in a secret program condemned by rights groups. His role in the controversial “war on terror” illustrates the ties…

Georgia Republican’s bill would do away with driver’s licenses

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime A Republican in Georgia’s House of Representatives has introduced a bill to eliminate driver’s licenses, arguing that the documents are an unnecessary infringement on personal freedom. Rep. Bobby Franklin, who represents the Atlanta suburb of Marietta,…

Obama appointee may seek GOP nomination

WASHINGTON — US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman resigned Monday, amid reports that he may seek the Republican nomination in 2012 and try to deprive his boss, President Barack Obama, of a second term. Huntsman, a smooth former Utah governor, wrote to Obama to announce he would resign effective from…

US announces record deportations

EL PASO, Texas — The United States deported more illegal immigrants than ever before during the first two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, his government said Monday. “In both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed more illegal immigrants from our country than ever before, with…

Egypt’s last working Web provider goes offline

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime WASHINGTON — Egypt’s last working Internet service provider, the Noor Group, went down on Monday, a US Web monitoring company said, leaving the crisis-torn country completely offline. Renesys, a New Hampshire-based firm that monitors Internet routing…

Nearly half of Palin backers may flee GOP if she isn’t nominated

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime A new poll from Rasmussen released Monday reported that Sarah Palin’s divisiveness as a candidate may pose a serious electoral problem for the Republicans in 2012. According to the poll, nearly half of likely GOP voters…

Egypt’s military pledges it won’t use violence against protesters

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime Egypt’s military has said it will not use violence against protesters, in response to calls for a “march of millions” on Tuesday aimed at dethroning President Hosni Mubarak. The claim came by way of Egyptian state…

Federal judge rules health care law unconstitutional

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that key provisions of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law were unconstitutional, and that the entire law must be voided. US District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida,…

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