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Jon Stewart mocks Santorum’s hypocrisy in contraception spat

Returning from his vacation, Jon Stewart on Monday analyzed the controversy surrounding new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations on contraceptives. Catholic bishops have accused Obama of waging a war on religion because of a White House plan to require most insurance plans to cover birth control. “Yes,…

Catholics United on contraception battle: Bishops serving a political agenda

The group Catholics United, which tends to support progressive causes, has decried the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposition to new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations on contraceptives. The White House said last week that it would change proposed rules requiring religious hospitals and universities to…

Apple corporate reputation shines: Harris Poll

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple dethroned Google as the company with the most respected image in the eyes of consumers, according to Harris Interactive study results. The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers got the highest score ever seen in the annual Harris Poll RQ study, which asks people…

Savage: Marriage should not be put up to a vote

Sex columnist and gay rights advocate Dan Savage said Monday that it was wrong for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to claim that same sex marriage should be voted on in a statewide referendum. “The American people are sometimes so consistently wrong when it comes to civil rights issues that…

Test for Komen looms at next Race for the Cure

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Rebecca Reza has participated in fundraising races held by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity, for the past five years. She planned to sign up for the next Race for the Cure in El Paso, Texas, with her cousin. But…

Xoloitzcuintli, dog of ancient Aztecs, the new kid in town at U.S. show

NEW YORK — It has been around for over 3,000 years, but Mexico’s famous, usually hairless, “Xolo” dog is making a big splash as a “new breed” at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show here this week. Tiny Chabella, descended from a breed the Aztecs considered sacred, is representing the…

Nigerian Islamists threaten attack on telecom firms

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A purported spokesman for Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists late Monday threatened the group would soon launch attacks on mobile telephone firms for their alleged complicity with security agents. In a phone conference with reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a man who claimed to be Boko…

U.S. Air Force gives U-2 spy plane another lease on life

WASHINGTON — The aging U-2 spy plane of Cold War fame has avoided retirement and will stay in the air until 2025, the Air Force said Monday, because the costly drone due to replace it turned out to be less effective. As part of cost-saving measures announced by the Pentagon,…

ACLU of Minnesota offers $1000 to anyone who proves a case of voter fraud

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is offering $1,000 to any resident of the state that can find a case of voter fraud that would have been prevented by a voter ID law. “There is no voter impersonation fraud in Minnesota,” said ACLU-MN Executive Director Charles Samuelson, “and we…

New Mexico calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

The New Mexico state legislature has approved a resolution that urges the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. “This marks a major victory for the constitutional amendment movement to reclaim our democracy,” said John Bonifaz, director of…

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