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Huntsman picks up key Boston Globe endorsement

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Underdog Republican White House hopeful Jon Huntsman got a major campaign boost when he picked up the endorsement of the Boston Globe ahead of the New Hampshire primary. The former Utah governor and ambassador to China opted to skip the Iowa caucuses, instead pinning his hopes…

Romney rivals seek boost from New Hampshire debates

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — A pair of weekend debates could be the last chance for conservative Republican presidential hopefuls to prove who is the best alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, fresh off his nail-biter loss to Romney in…

Michigan faces lawsuit over new domestic partner health care ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a new state law that eliminates health care coverage for the domestic partners of public employees. The lawsuit charges that the new law discriminates against gay and lesbian public employees by forcing them to…

Santorum gets booed after claiming same sex marriage justifies polygamy

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday found himself being booed by a group of students after he failed to convince them that legalizing same sex marriage would also mean that polygamy was acceptable. A young man at New England College’s College Convention 2012 asked the candidate how same sex…

Another Kennedy set to run for Congress: reports

NEW YORK — Joseph P. Kennedy III, a 31-year-old Massachusetts prosecutor, will run for Congress this year in a bid to resurrect the dynasty of America’s most famous political family, reports said Thursday. Kennedy is in the final stages of preparing a Congressional run, with hopes to succeed retiring Democratic…

U.S. probes claims filmmaker given bin Laden mission info

WASHINGTON — The US military and CIA are probing claims that classified information about the killing of Osama bin Laden was given to Oscar winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, a Republican lawmaker said Thursday. Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said he requested an investigation after reports…

Pennsylvania priest indicted for child pornography

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A Catholic priest already charged in state court with possessing thousands of pornographic images of young boys is due in a Pittsburgh courtroom on Friday on new federal charges, authorities said. A federal grand jury, in an indictment unsealed late on Wednesday, charged the Rev. Bartley Sorensen,…

Gingrich: I will tell NAACP to demand paychecks instead of food stamps

Speaking to a crowd at New Hampshire on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested that African Americans would rather collect food stamps than find employment. “I will go to the NAACP convention, and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps,” he said, according…

Drunk woman rubs butt, tries to urinate on $30 million painting

A drunk Denver woman decided last week that an abstract expressionist painting worth more than $30 million was missing a little something. Carmen Lucette Tisch was arrested on charges of criminal mischief after police said she punched Clyfford Still’s “1957-J no.2″ painting. She then dropped her pants and rubbed her…

Florida Republican proposes felony charges for abortion doctors

Florida Republicans have proposed a bill that would impose felony charges against doctors who carry out abortions unless two medical professionals certify in writing before the procedure that it is medically necessary to save the mother’s life. Proposed by state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, House Bill 1151 would shutter…

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