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Fox contributor on women raped in the military: What did they expect?

Fox News contributor Liz Trotta on Monday suggested women serving alongside male service members should expect to be raped and complained about the money spent on women who are “now being raped too much.” Trotta appeared on Fox to discuss new Department of Defense rules allowing women to serve in…

Obama asks for $770 million to boost Arab democracy

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday requested a fund of nearly $800 million to boost political and other reforms in Arab countries undergoing pro-democracy revolutions. The new fund is part of $51.6 billion requested for the State Department and US Agency for International Development in 2013, which…

Music service gives MySpace second wind

SAN FRANCISCO — Faded online social network Myspace said Monday it was getting a second wind due to the popularity of a freshly launched online music player. More than a million new members have signed up at myspace.com in the past month, with an average of 40,000 accounts being opened…

NASA kills Mars deal with Europe

WASHINGTON — The United States will scale back Mars exploration under a proposed budget by President Barack Obama released Monday that has some scientists fuming over the risk of a NASA brain-drain. The plan kills a deal between the US and European space agencies to cooperate on Mars robotic rover…

U.S. clergy sex abuse case against Vatican dropped

CHICAGO — A civil lawsuit launched in the United States seeking to tie the Vatican and the Pope to an alleged decades-long cover-up of clergy sex abuse has been dropped, the plaintiff’s lawyer said. The suit was filed in 2010 on behalf of an unnamed victim of an alleged serial…

Tibet protesters arrested in U.S. amid China visit

WASHINGTON — Police on Monday arrested activists who unfurled a banner reading, “Tibet Will be Free,” on a major Washington bridge during a closely watched visit by China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping. Officers briefly took four people into custody after they rappelled down the Arlington Memorial Bridge, which connects Virginia with…

Santorum, Romney and Gingrich vow to enforce anti-porn laws

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich have all told the group Morality in Media that they would enforce federal obscenity laws that prohibit the distribution of pornography. Those laws, the anti-pornography group said, are being ignored by the current administration. “Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously…

Romney took $280,000 from Fannie Mae lobbyist

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is refusing to release the names of most of the bundlers raising money for his presidential campaign, with the exception of the names of registered lobbyists as required by federal law. One bundler, Ogilvy Government Relations chairman Wayne Berman, is a registered lobbyist for…

Washington becomes 7th state to allow same sex marriage

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) signed a bill into law on Monday that allows same sex couples to marry, making Washington the seventh state to grant same sex couples all the marriage rights available to heterosexual couples. “As governor for more than seven years, this is one of my proudest…

Catholics lash out at ‘vulgar’ Nicki Minaj Grammy show

Catholic bishops have finally found someone to be more upset with than President Barack Obama. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, The Catholic League condemned hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj for her controversial performance at the Grammy Awards over the weekend. Minaj staged a mock exorcism while performing her song “Roman…

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