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Apple unveils preview of new iPad-influenced Mac operating system

Apple released a preview version of its new Macintosh operating system on Thursday, bringing some features of the iPad to the personal computer. The Cupertino, California-based company said the updated operating system, called Mountain Lion, will be available to Macintosh developers immediately and Mac owners can upgrade to the new…

Interracial marriages at record high: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marriage between races and ethnic groups has reached an all-time high in the United States as public acceptance has grown, according to a Pew Research Center study on Thursday. Couples of different race or ethnicity made up a record 8.4 percent of all married couples in 2010,…

Rhode Island school to consider appeal of prayer removal

CRANSTON, Rhode Island (Reuters) – A school committee geared up on Thursday for boisterous crowds expected at its meeting on a federal court order to remove a prayer banner that has hung for decades inside a local public school. The public hearing on whether to appeal the court ruling is…

Trouble for Presbyterian minister who performed same-sex ceremony

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The highest court of the U.S. Presbyterian Church will convene in Texas on Friday to consider whether a lesbian minister violated ecclesiastical law when she blessed the weddings of same-sex couples in California. The case surrounding the Rev. Jane Spahr, a 69-year-old grandmother, highlights deep divisions…

Fox News host to Rep. Waters: ‘Step away from the crack pipe’

Fox News host Eric Bolling is advising a black congresswoman to “step away from the crack pipe” because “you saw what happened to Whitney Houston.” In a segment Thursday on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Eric Bolling took time out of…

Tea party rep.: Dems engage in ‘the most insidious form of slavery’

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Wednesday in a speech to the U.S. House of Representatives that his colleagues in the Democratic Party engage in “the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today.” “Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said. “We…

Dems walk out of House GOP’s contraception hearing

Female Democrats on Thursday walked out of a House GOP committee hearing on contraceptive coverage after the only female witness requested to speak during the first of two hearings was rejected by the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Reports from inside the hearing noted that some of the female…

Letterman on Romney: Putting dog on car roof ‘not a good idea’

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart explained to CBS host David Letterman on Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s problem was that at close examination, he was just “pixels” instead of a real person. “The guy I feel worse for is Romney,” Stewart remarked. “Mitt?” Letterman asked. “Not just for that,”…

WATCH LIVE: House Republicans hold hearing on contraception

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds hearing about the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. Watch this live video from U.S. House, broadcast Feb. 16, 2012.  …

Netanyahu blasts Iran over nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of being the most irresponsible country in the world and said sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme “haven’t worked.” “Iran has been exposed for being the most irresponsible power on earth today. The one that exports terror with abandon is…

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