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Republicans kill civil unions bill in Colorado special session

Monday night Colorado’s general assembly rejected a bill that would have authorized civil unions for same sex couples in the state. The bill, which had been killed by filibuster in the regular session, resurfaced in the House’s special session, only to be killed in committee by a vote of 5-4,…

Church sues woman for $500,000 after negative Google review

A church in Beaverton, Oregon is suing a woman after she posted a negative Google review calling them a “cult.” Julie Anne Smith revealed on her blog in March that Pastor Chuck O’Neal and Beaverton Grace Bible Church had sued her for $500,000 over negative reviews on Google and DEX…

O’Reilly: The talk of ‘income inequality is bull’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday evening strongly criticized the thought of income equality existing and becoming a major problem in America’s economy. During a heated exchanged with Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers, O’Reilly claimed that he doesn’t live a completely different life from regular Americans despite his wealth. Powers…

London faces up to ‘greenest’ Olympic Games pledge

London has pledged to host the greenest Olympic Games ever staged, but it could take years before the promises start to flower. The pledge was made seven years ago by then-prime minister Tony Blair when London won the right to host the 2012 Olympics. Bigger, more beautiful, cleaner: all Olympic Games make the…

Afghanistan: Home to ‘world’s most extreme golf’

“Welcome to the most extreme golf in the world,” says the European Union ambassador to Afghanistan, as half-a-dozen heavily armed bodyguards fan out around him and scan the Kabul Golf Club course. But Vygaudas Usackas is not talking about security threats facing golfers in a war zone — he’s talking about the course. It is one…

Probe determines wrong man was executed in Texas

He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLunapaid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found. Even “all the relatives…

Software piracy costs record $63.4 billion in 2011

Software piracy cost the industry a record $63.4 billion globally in 2011 with emerging economies listed as the main culprits, an annual study said Tuesday. This was up nearly eight percent from the previous record of $58.8 billion in 2010, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) said in the study. In the Asia Pacific, which…

Blind American painter helps children see hope

She sees little more than shadows and shapes. However, American artist Bojana Coklyat not only pursues her passion for painting, but transmits it to children with impaired sight so that they can see the world in a new way. Coklyat, 33, lost most of her sight four years ago as a result…

JPMorgan’s Dimon faces investors after big loss

JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon will face shareholders’ wrath Tuesday after admitting that the top US bank lost $2 billion in derivatives trading in just six weeks. A day after JPMorgan let its chief investment officer go in the wake of the huge loss and the bank’s shares took another sharp fall on the…

China dismisses Dalai Lama murder plot claim

China has accused the Dalai Lama of “deceiving the world” and “spreading false information” after Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said he was warned of a plot by Chinese agents to assassinate him. The Buddhist monk made the allegation in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, saying he had been told that agents were planning to poison him…

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