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Billy Graham endorses North Carolina amendment to ban same sex marriage

Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday encouraged the residents of North Carolina to vote for Amendment One, a ballot initiative that would define marriage as solely between a man and a women in the state’s constitution. Graham, a Christian evangelical, is one of the most influential religious figures in the United…

Two arrested after small explosion at Memphis school

CHICAGO — Two people were arrested after a small — and likely deliberate — explosion at a high school injured a staff member in Memphis, Tennessee Thursday, police said. The explosion happened shortly after a bomb threat was called into Craigmont high school around 11:20 am (16:20 GMT). “After receiving…

U.S. health care spending highest, Japan lowest: study

WASHINGTON — A study of 13 industrialized countries released Thursday showed Japan spends the least on health care, while the United States spends the most without providing superior care for the money. The United States spent nearly $8,000 per person in 2009 on health care services, more than Australia, Britain,…

Alabama House panel approves two anti-abortion bills

The Alabama House House Health committee approved two pieces of legislation on Thursday that would restrict women’s access to an abortion. The Montgomery Bureau reported that one bill would place new regulations on abortion clinics. The other would allow the state to opt out of providing health insurance for abortions…

Report: Tax breaks can reduce economic growth

Cutting taxes is not an effective way to increase economic growth, according to a report released Thursday by The Hamilton Project. “This report reinforces the wake-up call we have been issuing about the Republican tax proposals that – in the name of tax reform – would lead to additional tax…

Pat Robertson: America ‘belongs to Jesus’

Televangelist Pat Robertson explained on Wednesday that God had empowered him to create the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) “to reaffirm His claim over this land.” In a speech marking CBN’s annual “Week of Prayer,” the network founder told a group of followers about how the Jamestown settlers had claimed the…

Pelosi condemns Obama’s continued raids on marijuana dispensaries

President Barack Obama’s emphasis on raiding medical marijuana dispensaries drew a rebuke from none other than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week, who warned in a prepared statement that she has “strong concerns” about her political ally’s policy. Since President Barack Obama took office, “more than 200″ state-approved…

Occupy activists: Minneapolis police got us ‘high as f*ck’ for training

Activists with the Occupy Wall Street movement are claiming that police in Minneapolis gave them illegal drugs and other items for participating in a study on impairment. In a 35-minute documentary produced by Twin Cities Indimedia, Rogue Media, Communities United Against Police Brutality and Occupy Minneapolis, multiple activists describe being…

U.S. soldier dies after bitten by rabid dog in Afghanistan

A US army soldier died of rabies after being bitten by a dog in Afghanistan, US health authorities said on Thursday. The 24-year-old male first complained in mid-August 2011 of symptoms including shoulder and neck pain, odd sensations in his hands and fainting, shortly after arriving at Fort Drum, New…

Contraception use on the rise as more teens delay sex: Study

More US teenagers are postponing sex than in 1995, and hormonal contraceptive use is up among those who are sexually active, said US health authorities on Thursday. However, disparities in safe sex practices remain, with white teenagers more likely to regularly use contraception than African-Americans or Hispanics, said the report…

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