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U.S. defends visa granted to Raul Castro’s daughter

WASHINGTON — The United States Thursday defended its decision to grant a visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, saying there was no blanket ban on visits by officials from the communist state. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who backs gay rights, is due to attend the annual conference…

Justice Dept. issues LGBT-inclusive rules to prevent sexual assault in prisons

The Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled LGBT-inclusive regulations on Thursday in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). The new rules initiate the implementation of the PREA by setting up new national standards for eliminating sexual abuse in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities. National Center for…

Biden mocks Romney by taking credit for moon landing

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday joked that he would “take a lot of credit for a man having landed on the moon” to point out the absurdity of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney taking responsibility for saving the U.S. auto industry. “So I’ll take a lot of credit…

Zimmerman legal defense fund has raised $1,000 a day so far

A new legal defense fund for George Zimmerman, the crime watch volunteer accused of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised about $1,000 a day so far this month, his lawyer said Thursday. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death in Sanford, Florida. The…

Facebook billionaire’s tax dodge inspires punitive Act of Congress

Irate over news that billionaire Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is renouncing his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying millions in taxes, two Democratic senators have announced a plan to prevent these kinds of tax dodges in the future, according to ABC News. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) on…

Ben Stein: Obama not a ‘presidential genius’ like Nixon

Conservative actor Ben Stein says that President Barack Obama is just not that smart — and he’s certainly not a “presidential genius” like disgraced former President Richard Nixon. “Barack Obama is a smart man, you would say that, right?” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked Stein on Wednesday. “No, I…

Arby’s restaurant apologizes for serving chunk of human finger

The Arby’s chain of restaurants has apologized for serving a Jackson, Michigan teen a chunk of a human finger in a sandwich earlier this month. In a letter published by MLive.com, an Arby’s vice president explains that the restaurant “wants to reassure customers that we are committed to providing quality…

Report: RFK Jr.’s wife found hanged

A coroner ruled on Thursday that the cause of death for Mary Richardson Kennedy was suicide, and an unnamed source told The Associated Press she was found hanging in her New York home. Kennedy had grappled with drug and alcohol problems, and at the time of her death was in…

Romney: JPMorgan’s $3 billion loss is ‘the way America works’

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended a shocking $3 billion loss on derivatives by JPMorgan Chase & Co. by saying it was just “the way America works.” “I would not rush to pass new legislation or new regulation,” Romney said during a Wednesday interview with Hot Air…

SpaceX to launch first private space rocket on Saturday

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission to deliver a capsule full of supplies to the International Space Station. Such launches are unremarkable when government agencies are at the helm, but this flight is different.…

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