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Supreme Court issues emergency stay halting birth control mandate for Catholic groups

According to the Associated Press, a Supreme Court justice has issued an emergency stay to halt the birth control mandate for Catholic organizations. Catholic organizations had petitioned the Supreme Court to stop those elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would have forced them to provide health insurance that…

Law firm demands Florida man remove racist ‘commercial or whatever it is’ from Internet

The head of the production company behind a racist advertisement for an Alabama law firm took to YouTube again on Tuesday to respond to the firm’s letter threatening to sue him. McCutcheon & Hamner denies any involvement in the production of the commercial. Definitive Television, it claims, “hacked” its YouTube…

Customs officials destroy virtuoso flautist’s 11 instruments because they were ‘agricultural products’

A flute virtuoso was returning to New York via John F. Kennedy Airport when Customs officials confiscated and destroyed the instruments he was carrying with him. According to Boujemaa Razgui, the officials told him that his 11 flutes — each of which he had constructed, by hand, himself — “were…

Oregon files multiple false advertising lawsuits against 5-Hour Energy manufacturer

The Oregon Department of Justice filed a motion demanding the makers of 5-Hour Energy provide unredacted data to back its advertising claims. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s health fraud unit wants evidence that 73 percent of doctors recommend 5-Hour Energy, that people who consume it don’t experience a “crash,” and that…

Franklin Graham chides Christians for not fighting beside Phil Robertson in ‘religious war’

In a statement issued on Monday, Franklin Graham — son of legendary televangelist Billy Graham and CEO of his Evangelical Association — complained about Christians who were unwilling to fight beside Phil Robertson in the “religious war against Christians and the biblical truths [they] stand for.” “I appreciate the Robertson…

Russians get two different New Year speeches from Vladimir Putin after ‘glitch’

Russians on Tuesday heard two different versions of President Vladimir Putin’s New Year’s address after a “technical glitch” meant some inhabitants of the Far East watched a pre-recorded broadcast that made no mention of the Volgograd suicide attacks. The Far Eastern Kamchatka, Chukotka and Magadan regions, which are eight hours…

Egypt says Al Jazeera journalists belong to terrorist group

Egypt has accused detained journalists from the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera television network of belonging to a “terrorist” group, saying they had ties with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Tuesday. “The prosecution accused the suspects of belonging to a terrorist group,” the prosecution said. It was not immediately clear if…

Pentagon: Transfer of last three Uighurs from Guantanamo Bay a ‘significant milestone’

The three last Uighurs who had languished in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay for over a decade despite facing no charges have been freed and sent to Slovakia, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. “This transfer and resettlement constitutes a significant milestone in our effort to close the detention facility…

Iran’s chief negotiator says ‘good progress’ in nuclear talks

Iran’s chief negotiator said Tuesday talks in Geneva with world powers through the night on implementing a landmark nuclear deal had made “good progress,” according to media. Negotiations continued throughout the night until early on Tuesday morning in Geneva “and the two sides have made good progress on different issues,”…

Bloomberg era comes to a close in New York

Brash billionaire Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday concludes 12 years as New York’s mayor, an era marked by major changes in America’s biggest city but also criticism of the growing gap between rich and poor. His Democratic successor Bill de Blasio, who defeated a Republican rival in a landslide in November,…

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