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George Zimmerman’s injuries were ‘insignificant,’ medical examiner testifies

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Volunteer watchman George Zimmerman suffered “insignificant” injuries in the fight in which he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a medical examiner testified on Tuesday, as prosecutors attempted to undermine Zimmerman’s claim he feared for his life. Zimmerman has pleaded not…

Illinois governor vetoes several provisions of ‘flawed’ concealed carry gun bill

By Greg McCune CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday vetoed parts of a gun bill that would have allowed people to carry more than one gun, carry guns into some places that serve alcohol, and carry a partly exposed gun. Flanked by parents of gun violence victims,…

Nursing home staff allegedly abused elderly Alzheimer’s patients

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – Twenty-one current and former employees of a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients in Georgia, including its owner, face a total of more than 70 criminal charges for allegedly abusing elderly patients, authorities said Tuesday. The abuses included employees restraining patients with bed sheets and…

U.S. pushes back Obamacare employer mandate to 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, in a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by a year. The delay of part of the Patient Protection and…

Former FBI director to probe lawyer’s BP spill claims payouts

(Reuters) – Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will investigate possible misconduct by a lawyer involved in making payments to settle claims by people and businesses affected by the BPspill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the judge in the spill damages case said on Tuesday. Freeh, who recently stepped…

Months after Superstorm Sandy, Statue of Liberty to reopen on July 4

Closed to the public since Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York last October, the Statue of Liberty will once again welcome tired and huddled masses — of tourists — on July 4. About 15,000 people are expected to flock to the landmark for a day of festivities including a morning…

Support for same-sex marriage at record high in U.S.

Support for same-sex marriage in the United States has hit a record high just days after landmark US Supreme Court rulings on the issue, a poll showed Tuesday. According to a survey published by the USA Today newspaper, 55 percent of participants against 40 percent said they believed same-sex marriages…

Despite opposition, Ireland passes bill to expand abortion access

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) – Four lawmakers from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s party came out on Tuesday against a move to legalize abortion under certain conditions but are unlikely to be able to scuttle the measure or threaten his comfortable majority. Kenny’s government is proposing access to abortion…

UN: Abortion rights are under attack in Eastern Europe

Women’s right to abortion is under increasing attack behind the former Iron Curtain, a UN-mandated expert group said Tuesday, amid renewed pressure from Catholic groups and falling birth-rates. “The gap between the eastern part of Europe and the western part of Europe is growing, especially when the issue has to…

Two arrested in Canada over terror bomb plot: police

MONTREAL — Canadian police said Tuesday they had arrested two people “inspired by Al-Qaeda” who allegedly plotted to bomb the provincial legislature in western British Columbia. John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody — who were detained Monday, Canada Day — allegedly planned to use pressure cooker devices on the…

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