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Egypt divided by religion and politics votes on new constitution

Egyptians vote Saturday on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition that failed to scupper the referendum with mass protests. Polls open at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in Cairo, Alexandria and eight other provinces and are scheduled to close at 7:00 pm…

Foundation says Justice Department should investigate beer monopolies

The New America Foundation is calling on Congress to push the Justice Department on the question of whether major beer producers like Anheuser-Busch InBev are violating antitrust law, reported the National Monitor. Anheuser-Busch InBev, which bought Anheuser-Busch in 2008, is currently seeking federal approval to buy the Mexico-based Grupo Modelo.…

Public’s view on Mormonism unchanged after Romney candidacy

While a major party, for the first time, nominated a Mormon candidate for president, attitudes in general about Mormonism remained essentially unchanged, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted in early December. The vast majority of respondents, 82 percent, claimed they learned nothing new about Mormonism during the campaign,…

Hockey owners file lawsuit after players consider disbanding union

The National Hockey League pressed a legal case against the players union on Friday amid talk players would vote to disband the union as a tactic in the money dispute that has shut down the NHL. Club owners filed a complaint against the players union in federal court and an…

Majority of governors opt out of creating health insurance exchanges

The majority of governors let the Obama administration know on Dec. 14 that their states would opt not to begin building their own state health care exchanges, which means that the federal government will take responsibility for them, reported the New York Times. Seventeen states told federal officials that they…

Obama signs Russian human rights law, angers Putin

President Barack Obama Friday signed legislation that sanctions alleged Russian human rights abuses, which outraged Moscow after being coupled with a bill granting it normal trade relations. Obama signed the measure into law a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the so-called Magnitsky Act, which blacklists Russian officials allegedly…

News outlets to fight Romney campaign over food, travel expenses

While the election ended over a month ago, relations between news outlets and the Romney campaign may become even more fraught in the near future. Multiple organizations are preparing to file an official complaint regarding large charges billed to them by the campaign for meals and other events, reported BuzzFeed.…

VIDEO: Gun control advocates gather near White House

Gun control advocates gathered near the White House, many holding white candles, in a demonstration calling for a renewed discussion of gun control policy after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left almost three dozen children and adults dead, reported the Associated Press. Multiple signs read…

American Muslims launch campaign to reclaim ‘jihad’

US Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism. The campaign features Muslims describing their personal struggles — the meaning of jihad — on bus ads, Twitter, Facebook and a…

U.N. warns radioactive waste in unsecured sites in Tajikistan

The United Nations warned Friday that nearly 55 million tonnes of radioactive waste from old Soviet-era uranian mines remain in unsecured sites in northern Tajikistan. The former Soviet republic, where Stalin’s empire once mined uranium to create its first nuclear bomb, is still stuck with about 54.8 million tonnes of…

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