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Facebook still dominates social networking, despite the rise of new platforms

The surge into social networks is gaining pace among Americans, with Facebook dominating but with many people using multiple platforms, a study showed Monday. A Pew Research Center survey found 73 percent of Americans over age 18 on the Internet use at least one social network — or about 63…

Tommy Chong on marijuana legalization: Everyone is waking up to the truth

Comedian Tommy Chong is excited about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state, which goes into effect on New Year’s Day. “It’s incredible because everybody is waking up to the truth,” he told CNN on Monday. “The truth is that marijuana is healthier than anything recreationally used — you know,…

Rabbi sued for severing baby’s penis during Pennsylvania synagogue circumcision ritual

A Pittsburgh rabbi who has had no formal medical training is facing a lawsuit after allegedly severing a baby’s penis while conducting a Jewish circumcision ritual at a synagogue earlier this year. KDKA reported that Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg “severed the baby boy’s penis” during the bris ceremony at the Tree…

Doug Stanhope on raising money for atheist tornado survivor: I did it simply to be a prick

Comedian Doug Stanhope helped raise more than $100,000 for an Oklahoma family whose home had been destroyed by a tornado. But he didn’t do it out of the goodness of his heart or because he was sympathetic. He just takes pleasure in mocking the faithful. “I didn’t do it because…

Police: Arizona mother poisons her four kids and stabs ex-husband on Christmas day

Police in Arizona have accused a Casa Grande mother of stabbing her ex-husband and then force-feeding narcotics to her four children — which killed her 13-year-old daughter — on Christmas day. According to KNXV, 33-year-old Adam Villa contacted police on Christmas night to say that he had been stabbed by…

Pope Francis encouraged bishop to speak out against same-sex adoption

While Pope Francis has earned plaudits for his open-minded comments on homosexuality, he’s still more in line with other Catholic leaders on LGBT issues. According to a spokesman, the pope was shocked by legislation in Malta that would permit adoptions by same-sex couples. But that shouldn’t be surprising, say LGBT…

Iran resumes talks with world powers over its nuclear program

Closed-door talks resumed Monday between Iran and world powers on implementing a landmark deal to rein in Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme in exchange for easing sanctions. European Union foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann told AFP that the Geneva meeting began at 8:30 am (0730 GMT) but that no further details…

Egyptian secret police round up Al Jazeera journalists over ‘domestic security’ concerns

Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said. Al-Jazeera confirmed the arrests in a statement and said police also detained a producer and a cameraman. Officers of…

Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

Pakistan’s national sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history. Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in southern Sindh province, made history as she took the…

Wells Fargo reaches $591 million settlement with Fannie Mae over mortgage securities

US bank Wells Fargo has reached a $591 million settlement to resolve mortgage claims with state-controlled lender Fannie Mae, the two companies announced Monday. Fannie Mae said Wells Fargo will pay $541 million in the fourth quarter to resolve repurchase requests on certain loans originated prior to 2009, and was…

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