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Swiss anti-choice activists seek to ban abortions for ‘economic’ reasons

Swiss pro-lifers launched an initiative Tuesday to ban abortions in the country for economic reasons, saying the practice costs hundreds of billions in lost tax revenues. The “Protect life to remedy the loss of billions” initiative was launched by an independent group which needs to gather more than 100,000 signatures…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Antarctic trek canceled due to frostbite

An Antarctic snow storm prevented the evacuation Tuesday of adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, injured while attempting the icy continent’s first winter crossing, the expedition said. The 68-year-old Briton was holed up in the team’s cabin with frostbite and the expedition now hoped to start his evacuation to South Africa on…

Supreme Court: Rights groups cannot prove harm from warrantless wiretapping

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that human rights groups do not have standing to sue the government over its warrantless wiretapping program because they have no proof that the wiretapping has harmed them. The vote was split 5-4 along partisan lines, with the conservative majority supporting the Obama administration’s…

Colorado man says cops justified cash ‘donations’ for pot delivery service

A Colorado man arrested earlier this month for running a marijuana-for-donations delivery service said Tuesday that police were quoted in the media describing a legal loophole that results in an exchange of cash for weed. Since legalization went through in November, a culture of selling weed by soliciting “donations” and…

Florida welfare drug testing program struck down by federal appeals court

Republican-led efforts to drug test all recipients of public assistance were dealt a possible death blow Tuesday by a federal appeals court when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Florida’s controversial 2011 law requiring all welfare recipients and applicants to undergo drug testing. According to the Colorlines blog,…

Florida cops raid disabled activist hours after she’s linked to marijuana bill

Law enforcement officials in Florida say that it’s a coincidence that the home of wheelchair-bound activist was raided just hours after her name was linked to an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state. In a report about how the support for medical marijuana could effect the governor’s race…

Want to limit the influence of money in politics? Tax legislators who become lobbyists

To those who would argue that the notion of a perpetual motion machine is impossible, we give you the revolving door — that ever-spinning entrance and exit between public service in government and the hugely profitable private sector. It never stops. Yes, we’ve talked about the revolving door until we’re…

Military judge rules length of WikiLeaker Bradley Manning detention ‘reasonable’

Charges in WikiLeaks case will not be dismissed as judge rules soldier’s right to a speedy trial has not been violated The judge presiding over the prosecution of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has ruled that the US soldier was brought to trial in good time within the military rules governing a court martial.…

Chuck D compares Trayvon Martin murder case to O.J. Simpson trial

In an interview discussing the anniversary of the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, rapper and activist Chuck D reacted skeptically to CNN host Carol Costello on Tuesday when she asked him about the theory that people should let the murder trial of his killer, George Zimmerman, play out. “I…

Comet could collide with Mars in 2014

Astronomers say that a comet will make an close flyby next year, not of Earth, but of our neighbor planet, Mars. According to a Monday report on Discovery.com, the recently discovered comet, named C/2013 A1 will fly close to Mars on Oct. 19 of 2014. Comets are balls of ice…

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