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Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ bill clears Oklahoma senate

KLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma lawmakers edged closer toward trying to outlaw abortion on Wednesday by approving “personhood” legislation that gives individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 34-8 to pass the “Personhood Act” which defines the word person under state law…

Maher: Santorum believes ‘life begins at erection’

HBO comedian Bill Maher on Wednesday explained that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was gaining in popularity because GOP voters “hadn’t gotten the memo” that the country was moving past social issues. “What do you make of Rick Santorum’s surge?” NBC host Jay Leno asked Maher. “Oh, don’t even say…

Jobless claims at lowest since Obama took office

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has fallen to its lowest since March of 2008, the Associated Press reported Thursday morning. The national economy added 243,000 jobs in January, lowering the employment rate to 8.3 percent, according to the Department of Labor. A government report noted that weekly unemployment…

How Ron Paul is secretly taking over the GOP

By Grace Wyler By now, it is clear that the Maine caucuses were a complete mess. Evidence is mounting that Mitt Romney’s 194-vote victory over Ron Paul was prematurely announced, if not totally wrong. Washington County canceled their caucus on Saturday on account of three inches of snow (hardly a blizzard by Maine standards),…

Maddow wonders whether Maine GOP ‘rigged’ caucuses

In a segment Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explored the murky waters currently occupied by the Maine GOP, which she suggested may have actually “rigged” the recent caucuses in favor of Mitt Romney. “Hey, beltway media: over here!” she said. “This is not a Ron Paul conspiracy theory. I…

War on drugs must be Afghan top priority: UN chief

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged Afghanistan to make fighting drug trafficking a priority as opium harvests soar in the world’s top producer, and said the world must help in the effort. “Above all, the Afghan government must prioritise the issue of narcotics,” Ban said in his opening address in…

Libya struggles to revive economy

Oil exports are approaching pre-conflict levels and international sanctions have been lifted, but four months after fighting ended, experts warn that Libya’s financial situation remains fragile. The new leadership has inherited an economy in disarray, plagued by the corruption and mood swings of deposed ruler Moamer Kadhafi and his clan,…

Foreclosure crisis hits Beverly Hills mansions

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – The careworn house not far from Santa Monica Boulevard resembles millions of other homes that have been foreclosed on since the calamitous U.S. housing crash four years ago. Garbage spews from trash bags behind the property. A smashed television leans against broken furniture. A filthy toy…

Palestinian children die in W.Bank crash

At least eight Palestinian children from east Jerusalem were killed on Thursday when their school bus was hit by a truck on a road in the West Bank, Israeli police said. “There are between eight and 10 Palestinian children dead, aged between 10 and 16, and more than 30 injured…

Honduras dead identities sought after jail fire

Honduras medics and international experts on Thursday worked to identify the charred remains of inmates killed when fire swept through an overcrowded prison, killing more than 350 people. The first 115 bodies were transported to the mortuary in the capital Tegucigalpa overnight, Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla told AFP, as relatives…

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