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McDonalds becomes fifth major sponsor to cut ties with ALEC

McDonalds said Tuesday that it would not renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, making it the fifth major sponsor to drop its support this month. “While [we] were a member of ALEC in 2011, we evaluate all professional memberships annually and made the business decision not to…

Sanford Shenanigans: George Zimmerman Has Gone Rogue (Again)

Shenanigans are afoot in Sanford.  Zimmerman’s attorneys held a press conference and announced that they were withdrawing as counsel.  They said they don’t know where Zimmerman is; that Zimmerman is emotionally unstable; that Zimmerman called Sean Hannity (!!) and spoke to Hannity off-the-record (revealing information that he had not yet…

Vicious words mark the war between pro and anti-nuclear environmentalists

The dispute is getting personal and much closer to the political bone with the fallout potentially damaging the whole idea of ‘environmentalism’ The war of words between the pro- and anti-nuclear environmentalists shows no sign of ending, with those writers in favour – George Monbiot, Mark Lynas, Fred Pearce and…

Newt Gingrich to Rick Santorum supporters: Vote for me

Former House speaker, whose campaign has collapsed, urges Santorum’s conservative followers to lend their support Newt Gingrich has cheekily called on Rick Santorum’s supporters to throw their weight behind him to prevent Mitt Romney becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Gingrich repeatedly split the rightwing vote with Santorum, allowing Romney to…

U.S. stocks fall for fifth straight session

NEW YORK — US stocks sank Tuesday for the fifth straight drop as worries about upcoming earnings, slower growth and the possibility of a Spain-driven return to crisis in Europe, kept a cloud over trade. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 213.66 points (1.65 percent) to 12,715.93. The broader…

Bacteria ‘munching’ on Titanic: scientists

HALIFAX, Canada — In less than 30 years, there may be nothing left of the Titanic but a heap of “rusticles,” warns researcher Henrietta Mann, who has spent four years researching bacteria gnawing on its sunken hull. A scientific expedition in 1991 to the disintegrating wreck some 12,400 feet (3,780…

Same sex couple sue Nevada over marriage ban

A same sex couple filed a lawsuit against Nevada on Tuesday, alleging that the state’s ban on same sex marriage violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Beverly Sevcik, 73, and Mary Baranovich, 76, are being represented by Lambda Legal, as well as O’Melveny & Myers LLP and…

George Zimmerman’s attorneys quit: We have lost contact with him

The attorneys for George Zimmerman, who claims to have shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, said during a press conference Tuesday that they had terminated their relationship with him. Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhri said they had not be able to contact him since Sunday, but…

Spain has stopped importing Iranian oil: official

Spain stopped importing Iranian oil ”at the end of February” because of the imposition of a gradual European Union embargo, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. “We haven’t imported Iranian oil since the end of February as businesses have diversified their buying because of Europeansanctions,” a ministry spokesman said. “This is the logical fallout of Spain’s…

US adds clot risks to some birth control labels

US health authorities on Tuesday ordered revised labels on some types of birth control including German pharmaceutical giant Bayer’s Yaz pills to advise of a possibly higher risk of blood clots. “Women who use birth control pills with drospirenone (like Yaz) may have a higher risk of getting a blood clot,” said a new Yaz label on the US…

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