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Catholic school to married gay man: Get divorced or get fired

The former Vice Principal of Eastside Catholic high school who was fired when administrators discovered he had married his male partner revealed today that he could have kept his job if he had gotten a divorce. Mark Zmuda said in an interview with one of his former students that the…

Detroit police chief: ‘Good Americans’ with guns can help prevent violent crime

Detroit police chief James Craig said Monday that “good Americans” with guns could help stem the city’s violent crime rate. Craig suggested last week that Maine was a safer state than California because it was easier to obtain a concealed weapon’s permit in the former state than in the latter.…

Greg Abbott: New York and California are using Wendy Davis to turn Texas blue

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg on Monday that liberal states like California and New York were trying to turn Texas blue. Abbott, who is running to be the state’s next governor, said his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), was virtually unknown before…

U.S. trade deficit shrinks more than expected as imports sink

The US international trade deficit shrank sharply in November, led by a drop in imports, government data released Tuesday showed. The trade shortfall fell to $34.3 billion in November, a decline of 12.9 percent from October, the Commerce Department said. The decline in the chronic US trade gap in goods…

Bioinformatics and more: Intel unveils wearable computers

Computer chip giant Intel unveiled a major new push Monday into wearables and connecting everyday devices as it seeks to leapfrog the competition in mobile computing. Chief executive Brian Krzanich said Intel would produce, on its own or with partners, a range of products from a health monitor integrated into…

Russia launches Sochi clampdown a month before the Olympic Games

Russia on Tuesday launched the largest security operation in Olympic history with one month to go before Vladimir Putin kicks off the Winter Games in Sochi amid renewed fears of suicide bombings. A presidential decree came into effect enforcing a so-called “forbidden zone” that blocks highways into the city and…

Spanish king’s daughter charged with tax and money-laundering crimes

A Spanish court summoned King Juan Carlos’ youngest daughter Cristina as a suspect in alleged tax and money-laundering crimes Tuesday, a historic first for a direct relative of the monarch. Cristina, 48, has been linked to the business affairs of her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is…

Colorado fights back against anti-vaxxers amid possible whooping cough epidemic

In the wake of recent outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough, Colorado officials are mulling plans that would make it more difficult for parents to acquire vaccination exemptions for their children. At the moment, all a parent needs to do to exempt their children from otherwise mandatory…

For many, holiday season unhappiness stretches into early months of new year

Sekina Rogers spent Christmas in solitude. The 36-year-old Jersey City resident lost her husband, Terry Ridley, to leukemia in 2012 on their favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. Without her high school sweetheart around, Rogers says, holidays, like most…  …

Stephen Colbert shreds ‘buzzkill’ David Brooks’s argument against legal weed

Stephen Colbert returned from his winter hiatus in fine form Monday night, attacking New York Times columnist David Brooks for his recent anti-legalization column. Colbert began by discussing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado. After showing a clip in which an anchor declared that over $1 million…

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