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New abortion restrictions reignite culture wars

A crowd shouts ‘Shame, shame, shame!’ as law enforcement officers stand outside the North Carolina legislative building after the state Senate gave its approval to a series of abortion restrictions July 3.…  …

Zimmerman’s attorney: Low dose of marijuana can lead to aggression

The attorney for Florida murder suspect George Zimmerman says that even a small level of marijuana in the bloodstream could increase violent behavior. CNN host Piers Morgan on Monday night asked Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara why it was important that Trayvon Martin had a small amount of marijuana in his…

Rand Paul mocks Rick Perry: Can’t remember third good reason for him to be president

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Monday night lampooned the idea of Texas Governor Rick Perry running for president again. “Well, I don’t know about what I’ve decided yet, but if Governor Perry decides to run for president, I think there are three good reasons he could be president,” he said…

Pentagon puts 650,000 workers on unpaid leave due to cuts

Heavy US government spending cuts took a sharp swing as the Pentagon began putting about 650,000 civilian workers on unpaid leave. The Department of Defense’s civilian employees face furloughs of up to 11 days through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The unpaid leave will slash their…

‘Friendly Atheist’ informs megachurch: We’ve heard all of it before

Hemant Mehta of the “Friendly Atheist” blog at Patheos sat down in front of thousands of Christians on Sunday to discuss his non-belief. Mehta talked about atheism with minister Randy Frazee at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. During the discussion, Mehta explained that many atheists were afraid to “come…

White House dodges questions of Egyptian ‘coup’ as military aid continues

The Obama administration attempted to sidestep questions over the legality of military aid to Egypt on Monday, claiming it was not in its “best interests” to decide yet whether the armed overthrow of the country’s elected president amounted to a coup or not. US law prevents any administration providing support…

Supreme Court asked to suspend NSA and FBI’s blanket collection of phone data

The US supreme court will be asked to suspend the blanket collection of US telephone records by the FBI under an emergency petition due to be filed on Monday by civil rights campaigners at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). This new legal challenge to the power of government agencies…

Nude woman distracts Tennessee man as his house is burglarized

As the old adage goes: If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. A man in Tennessee had thousand of dollars worth of items stolen from his house while he was distracted by a naked woman, according to the CNHI News Service. The 54-year-old victim told police…

MSNBC host asks Eliot Spitzer: Should prostitution be legal?

Eliot Spitzer thinks he can regain the public’s trust. Just don’t ask him about legalizing prostitution. During an appearance on MSBNC to promote his campaign for New York City’s comptroller’s office, host Michael Smerconish asked Spitzer if prostitution should be legalized. “I’m not the right person [to ask],” Spitzer responded.…

Strength and frequency of tropical cyclones could increase dramatically: study

The world typically sees about 90 tropical cyclones a year, but that number could increase dramatically in the next century due to global warming, a US scientist said Monday. Rising greenhouse gas emissions could lead to a 10 to 40 percent increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones by the…

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