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New home construction in U.S. increased in April

New construction of homes in the United States jumped in April, official data showed Wednesday in a fresh sign of improvement in the distressed housing market. Housing starts increased 2.6 percent from March, to 717,000 units, the Commerce Department said. That was well above the average analyst forecast of 680,000…

Catholic group admits high-level priest fathered a child ‘a number of years ago’

An ultra-conservative Catholic group on Wednesday said one of its most senior priests who teaches doctrine at a Vatican university has a child and admitted it knew about the scandal for some time. “The general director and his council are deeply sorry for not having acted earlier and more firmly,”…

‘Scripture Candy’ peddles wares at Sweet and Snack Expo in Chicago

Can a lollipop wrapped in a Bible verse help people come to Jesus? Can a piece of chocolate bring a moment of bliss? Or how about just a bit of comfort after a bad day? A riot of colors, flavors and familiar characters filled the floor of the Sweet and…

Romney refuses to mention Bush’s name after endorsement

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is refusing to even utter George W. Bush’s name after the former president endorsed him in an elevator on Tuesday. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush had blurted out to ABC News on Tuesday as the doors of the elevator closed on him in Washington,…

Judge approves class action lawsuit over NYPD’s stop-and-frisk searches

A judge’s ruling Wednesday on a request to authorize a class action lawsuit over the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) use of “stop-and-frisk” searches could see more than 1 million people line up to file claims against the department for violating their constitutional rights. While it’s not likely to attract…

Medical records show Zimmerman had injuries on night of Martin killing

George Zimmerman suffered a fractured nose, two black eyes, cuts to the back of his head and a back injury on the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, according to a doctor who examined him the day after the fatal confrontation. A medical report newly released by prosecutors in…

‘Ex-gay’ group accuses Maryland school superintendent of ‘hate speech’

A group that claims LGBT people can change their sexual orientation has filed a complaint against the the superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland over alleged sexual orientation discrimination. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) Executive Director Regina Griggs told Raw Story that School…

350-pound man calls police after all-you-can-eat restaurant cuts him off

An unusually large man in Wisconsin called the police recently after an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant decided he’d had enough fried fish and cut him off at 20 pieces. Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 350 pounds, Bill Wisth certainly looks like trouble for any buffet restaurant. Chuck’s Place in Thiensville, Wisconsin recently…

Pro-pot attorney general candidate wins Oregon primary

A former state judge and medical marijuana advocate won an overwhelming victory in an Oregon Democratic primary election on Tuesday night after her opponent, a former U.S. Attorney, became best known for his role in helping raid and shut down medical marijuana dispensaries in states that legally permit them. Former…

Romney wins Oregon, Nebraska primaries

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney won primary ballots in Oregon and Nebraska, partial results showed, moving him a step closer to winning his party’s formal White House nomination. Romney won 73 percent of the vote in Oregon against 12.2 percent for Ron Paul, who suspended active campaigning this week, and 5.7 percent for Newt Gingrich, according to results from…

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