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N.C. Gov. Perdue warns marriage amendment could invalidate domestic violence laws

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue warned on Thursday that Amendment One, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, could remove protections against domestic violence for unmarried women. “It would ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and it actually could eliminate legal…

Ben Jealous: Troy Davis helped Connecticut end the death penalty

Ben Jealous, the national head of the NAACP, said Thursday that the execution of Troy Davis helped Connecticut to become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty. The Connecticut legislature on Wednesday sent a repeal of the death penalty to Gov. Dannel Malloy, who has said he will sign…

WATCH LIVE: Zimmerman’s lawyer speaks to reporters

George Zimmerman was expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday after being charged with second degree murder for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Update: Zimmerman’s attorney is expected to speak to reporters following the hearing. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast April 12, 2012.  …

NYC’s World Financial Center evacuated over ‘novelty grenade’

Police in New York have given the “all clear” after 2 World Financial Center was evacuated due to a suspicious package that turned out to be a “novelty item.” The New York City Police Department said on Thursday that someone in the building had ordered the toy that looked like…

Ann Romney: ‘I know what it’s like to struggle’

Ann Romney said on Thursday that she could sympathize with working women because she knows “what it’s like to struggle.” The wife of likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News on Thursday to respond to CNN contributor Hillary Rosen, who recently said that Ann Romney had “actually…

Trayvon’s mother: Zimmerman’s family is hurting, but we lost our son

Trayvon Martin’s mother and father, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton appeared on “The Today Show” on Thursday morning along with their attorney, Benjamin Crump to discuss the arrest and charges filed against the man who shot their son, George Zimmerman, Jr. Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder, which…

Texas Christian school fires unwed pregnant teacher

A Christian school in Texas has fired an unmarried science teacher because it claimed she was not a good “Christian role model” — even after she offered to get married. Cathy Samford, who is now 39 weeks pregnant, told ABC News that she was “totally shocked” when Heritage Christian Academy…

Michelle Obama announces her endorsement of Obama for 2012 on Colbert Report

First Lady Michelle Obama was the featured guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Colbert Report.” Host Stephen Colbert asked Obama about her work with Joining Forces, a support group for military families, and the importance of hiring veterans. “These people,” she said of veterans, “are some of the most…

Romney: Santorum ‘on my list’ for VP

It seems like probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney has already forgotten that former rival Rick Santorum recently called him a liar and the “worst Republican in the country.” During a town hall-style event in Warwick, Rhode Island on Wednesday, Romney insisted that he had not ruled out the former Pennsylvania…

Stewart to Santorum: You’re not that special

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart took a moment to address Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum’s remarks upon suspending his campaign and conceding the candidacy to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R). The former Senator offered the usual words of thanks to family and staff,…

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