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Passing motorists save mother and child trapped in burning SUV

A woman and her disabled teenage daughter were rescued from their burning sport utility vehicle by a group of 15 to 20 strangers on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Passing motorists, including an Associated Press photographer, noticed a plume of smoke rising beside Interstate 10 in Mississippi and pulled over…

Scientists a step closer to a hormone-free male contraceptive pill

Scientists have discovered a compound that could pave the way for effective and hormone-free birth control pills for men. “There has not been a new reversible contraceptive for men since the development of the condom, centuries ago,” noted William Bremner from the University of Washington in a commentary on the…

Assange asylum decision leaves Britain in uncharted waters

LONDON — Ecuador’s decision to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange puts Britain in uncharted diplomatic and legal waters, as it insisted Thursday it would go ahead with extraditing him to Sweden. When Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced to applause in Quito that his government was giving the…

Romney paid ‘at least 13%’ in taxes over past decade

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney insisted Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent per year in taxes over the past decade, dismissing obsession over his personal finances as “small-minded.” Romney, a multimillionaire former investor, has been under assault by Democrats for his refusal to release pre-2010 tax…

Shell shuts oil station in Nigeria, activists report spill

YENAGOA, Nigeria — Shell said Thursday it had shut down an oil processing facility in southern Nigeria over a pump failure, but denied reports that a significant amount of oil had spilled in the area. The flowstation in the Nembe Creek area of Bayelsa state was closed on Wednesday, the…

No Ryan poll bounce for Romney: Obama camp

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his Republican running mate has done almost nothing to improve his standing in the White House race, President Barack Obama’s campaign charged Thursday. Using independent polling data, the president’s advisors said that Romney had enjoyed barely any post-announcement “bounce” in the…

U.S. denies seeking to ‘persecute’ WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it was had no intention of “persecuting” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and denied charges that it was pressuring Britain to seize him. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined comment on Ecuador’s offer of asylum to Assange but rejected assertions by WikiLeaks and Quito…

Marijuana legalization would raise $32 million for Colorado: report

If Colorado voters decide to legalize marijuana this November, the state could see more than $32 million in new revenue, according to a report by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy. The report found that if Amendment 64 is passed, the state would gain about $24 million in new…

Tony Perkins says Southern Poverty Law Center gave ‘license’ for shooting

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins commented on Fox News on Thursday that the Southern Poverty Law Center gave a shooter “license” to commit the act that injured a security guard at his organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Though Perkins said he wanted to “be very clear” about the…

Pat Robertson: Don’t adopt sexually abused children that could grow up ‘weird’

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday cautioned his viewers to think twice before adopting disadvantaged children that had been sexually abused or deprived of food because they could grow up “weird.” During Thursday’s edition of The 700 Club co-host Kristi Watts read a letter from a woman who wanted to know…

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