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Church member defends NC pastor: LGBT people ‘worthy of death’

Members of Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina are speaking out in defense their pastor after he called for “lesbians and queers” to be detained inside electric fences until they all die. Geneva Sims told WCNC that she had been listening to Pastor Charles Worley’s sermon’s since the 1970s…

Rep. Steve King on immigrants: Get ‘pick of the litter’ like dogs

If Republicans wonder why they are losing the Latino vote, they should consider comments like Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) latest sentiment comparing immigrants to hunting dogs. King on Monday told a crowd in Pocahontas, Iowa that the U.S. should only allow the “pick of the litter” when selecting immigrants. “You…

Senators hope to end Federal Reserve’s conflicts of interest

Three U.S. Senators proposed a bill on Tuesday that would prevent the nation’s most powerful banking executives from simultaneously running the very institutions intended to keep them playing by the rules, with one of the bill’s sponsors saying that JP Morgan’s recent billions in losses are indicative of “a fox…

U.S. climber describes deadly congestion on Everest

An American adventurer who helped rescue four climbers fromMount Everest last weekend has told of how a crowded push for the summit and bad weather created deadly conditions for mountaineers. Jon Kedrowski, 33, who was near the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak when four people died on Saturday, described how exhausted climbers battled high winds…

U.S. Army Private goes on trial for planned base attack

A US soldier accused of plotting an attack on a military base after fleeing his post as a Muslim conscientious objector went on trial wearing a surgical mask and manacled to the floor. Courtroom security agents behind him wore protective goggles, an apparent reaction to an incident in which the…

U.S. regulators tell lawmakers of JPMorgan probes

WASHINGTON — Two US market regulators confirmed Tuesday they were investigating JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion-plus trading loss in derivatives. In a Senate hearing on systemic risk in the vast market for derivatives, Gary Gensler, chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said the CFTC was pursuing a preliminary investigation…

Romney slams U.S. visa for Castro daughter visit

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney said he was “greatly disturbed” that President Barack Obama’s administration had granted a visitor’s visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who supports gay rights, was granted the visa to attend the annual conference of the Latin American Studies…

The Heartland Institute reflects on its beating

It was an odd choice of icon for the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute. But there he was in round glasses, beard, and halo of curls staring out from T-shirts and coffee mugs at their gathering of climate change contrarians this week, the scientist whose internet sting set Heartland on its current…

U.S. faces 2013 recession after ‘fiscal cliff’: CBO

WASHINGTON — The United States faces a likely recession next year if Congress fails to stop scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes in January, congressional budget analysts warned Tuesday. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that if currently mandated fiscal conditions are implemented — what some observers call a “fiscal…

Nevada governor seeks dismissal of challenge to same sex marriage ban

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same sex marriage, the Las Vegas Journal Review. Sandoval noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had previously turned down same sex couples’ efforts to challenge state bans on same sex marriage. In…

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