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Court upholds S.D. law requiring doctors to push misleading abortion-suicide link

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a law that requires doctors to tell women patients the day before an abortion is scheduled that the procedure could put them at risk for suicide, a link that hasn’t been scientifically proven to exist. In a statement to the Associated Press, Sarah…

Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott’s ‘unconscionable’ voter suppression tactics

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) on Wednesday criticized his successor, Gov. Rick Scott (R), and other Republicans for using “shameless” tactics that suppress voting rights, including requiring photo IDs, preventing felons from voting and purging voter rolls. “The concern really is on sort of a closing the door on…

Mexican official: Uprising leader has lung cancer

An upcoming book reveals that the man known as Subcommander Marcos, who entered the international spotlight as the spokesperson for a Mexican indigenous rebel group in 1994, had been suffering from lung cancer as recently as 2010. The Mexican newspaper Milenio reported Wednesday that it had obtained an excerpt from…

Conservatives look to pin Aurora shootings on demonic possession

In the piece promoted by Kathryn Lopez of the National Review Online, Father Dwight Longenecker** posits: There was a weird phone message with bizarre guttural voices and moans. Was he demon possessed? Maybe. It happens. Though he notes briefly later in the piece in accordance with Catholic doctrine on possession…

Hate crime suspected after gay man burned by firebombing in Oklahoma

A gay Oklahoma City man is recovering from second-degree burns that were caused when his car was firebombed last week — and the attack may be considered a hate crime because a homophobic slur was also painted on the vehicle. Jon Ferguson told KWTV that when his car alarm woke…

‘Robot cameras’ to be used for Olympic footage

3D cameras, lenses mounted on especially agile robotic arms and even electronic eyes that fly will be prominently featured at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. A host of innovations in recent years in covering sporting events has led the world’s leading photography agencies, Reuters, Getty and AFP, to embark…

Scotland will legalize same sex marriage

Scotland plans to bring forward legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, making it the first part of the UK to do so, the government announced on Wednesday. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the decision as “the right thing to do”, saying the government was “committed to a Scotland that…

Voter ID law could bar 43 percent of Philly voters

Under Pennsylvania’s harsh new voter ID law, as many as 20 percent of voters in the state lack the photo IDs required to cast a vote, an estimated 1,636,168. In Philadelphia alone, however, 437,237 people, a whopping 43 percent of the voting population, may be ineligible to vote under the…

Former Citigroup CEO: It’s time to smash the ‘too big to fail’ banks

Sanford I. Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup, American Express and Travelers Group, said Wednesday morning that America’s “too big to fail” banks must be smashed and torn asunder in order to restore consumer confidence in the financial system. “What we should probably do is go and split up investment…

Sandra Day O’Connor: Conservatives show ‘lack of understanding’ of court system

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Wednesday said that it was “unfortunate” that some Republicans had called Chief Justice John Roberts a traitor to conservatives after he voted to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on civics education, Chairman Patrick…

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