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Nun wishes Pope Francis would write to Paul Ryan about his ‘extremely unjust’ budget

A nun with the Catholic social justice group NETWORK Lobby said in an interview with Raw Story on Friday that she was encouraged by the new pope’s emphasis on income inequality, and her “secret dream” was for Pope Francis to write a letter to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) about his…

Federal judge bans ‘unconstitutional’ national security letters

A judge in the 9th Circuit Court ruled on Friday that “ultra-secret” national security letters (NSL) that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconditional violation of free speech, Wired.com reported on Friday U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop issuing all NSLs, which…

Secretary Hagel announces U.S. will bolster defenses against North Korea

The United States is to bolster its defenses against a possible North Korean missile strike by siting 14 more interceptors in Alaska, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday. The new batteries will boost by almost half the 30 interceptors already deployed along the California and Alaska coastline and should be…

Dropbox buys startup designed to deal with email overloads

Online storage firm Dropbox on Friday announced that it has bought Mailbox, a hot startup devoted to making it simpler to deal with email overloads. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love — it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered,”…

Judge clears trial of Filipina nanny suing Sharon Stone for racist abuse

A US judge cleared the way Friday for a Filipina former nanny of Sharon Stone to go to trial against the US actress for wrongful dismissal and harassment, including racist abuse. Lawyers for Erlinda Elemen, who worked as a live-in nanny for the “Basic Instinct” star until she was sacked…

CPAC attendee defends slavery because slave owners provided ‘food and shelter’

A white attendee at the Conservative Political Action Committee defended slavery by saying that slave owners provided food and shelter for African-Americans on Friday, Think Progress reported. An attendee, 30-year-old Scott Terry of North Carolina asked the panelist that Republicans were reaching out to southern minority voters “at the expense…

Gov. Chris Christie calls African-American man ‘boy’ during town hall meeting

BlueJersey.com reported Friday that during a town hall meeting at a church this week in Paterson, NJ, Governor Chris Christie let a racial slur slip when he called an African-American man a “boy,” a term closely related to the more severe “N” word. Christie has, in the past, touted a…

British doctors working on ‘warm’ liver transplants

British surgeons said Friday they have performed successful liver transplants on two patients using a revolutionary technique which keeps the organ warm and functioning while outside the body. The team, working at King’s College Hospital in London, say the procedure could significantly increase the number of organs available for transplant.…

Copenhagen city council looks to legalize marijuana sales

Copenhagen city officials said Friday they want to legalise the sale of cannabis for a trial period in order to better control the sale and consumption of the drug. “A controlled legalisation would open the door to new solutions that would limit the bad effects and reduce some of the…

North Dakota Senate passes extreme 6-week abortion ban

The North Dakota State Senate voted Friday for a bill that bans abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy, in what looks to be the nation’s most extreme restriction on female reproductive health services yet. The Associated Press noted that H.B. 1456 (PDF) received virtually no debate, and passed…

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