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Los Angeles marks 20th anniversary of riots

LOS ANGELES — America on Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the devastating Los Angeles riots, one of the worst spasms of violence in modern times in this country, sparked by the on-camera police beating of a black motorist. A series of events were scheduled in Los Angeles were scheduled…

Sen. Franken praises Labor Department for withdrawing new child labor rules

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for withdrawing proposed rules dealing with children who work on farms. “I’m relieved that the Department of Labor decided to shelve these regulations,” Franken said. “I’ve heard from a lot of Minnesotans about this proposal — and I’ve worked…

Romney aide: Obama made bin Laden a ‘divisive partisan political attack’

A senior advisor to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday accused Barack Obama of being “one of the most divisive presidents in American history” for making the killing of Osama bin Laden a part of his re-election campaign. “He took something that was a unifying event for all…

Boehner: Obama ‘diminishing the presidency’ with student loan fight

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says that President Barack Obama is “diminishing the presidency” by fighting for low student loan rates, a fairer tax structure and regulations on oil speculators. “The president and I have a very good relationship,” Boehner told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday. “And as a result,…

San Francisco Democratic Party tells Obama to end crackdown on medical marijuana

The San Francisco Democratic Party issued a resolution this week calling on President Barack Obama and his administration to end their crackdown on medical marijuana facilities. The resolution, signed by 21 members of the party’s Central Committee (DCCC), calls on Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag to…

Student who dressed as Jesus on ‘Fictional Character Day’ to get $1,000 scholarship

A student who dressed up as Jesus Christ for his high school’s “Fictional Character Day” will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Seventeen-year-old Jeff Shott, a student at Summit High School in Tennessee, wore the costume to school in January. The story was first reported…

Pastor Joel Osteen: ‘Being gay is a sin’

Houston-based mega church minister Joel Osteen said on Sunday that same sex marriage should be illegal, but insisted he was “not for discriminating against gay people.” In an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked the pastor if being gay was a sin. “I believe that the scripture…

Afghan Taliban deny new talks with U.S.

Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents on Sunday denied that they had resumed talks with the United States, while the Afghan government insisted that the peace process was “on track”. The Taliban, who last month broke off contacts with the US in Qatar, said they would not resume talks “until the Americans take…

Pastor Terry Jones burns Koran again

Controversial US pastor Terry Jones has burned more copies of the Koran and a depiction of the prophet Mohammed to protest the imprisonment in Iran of a Christian clergyman, The Gainesville Sun reported. The newspaper said Jones and another pastor, who carried out their protest in front of their church…

Obama roasts Romney at White House Correspondents’ dinner

Cheered by Hollywood stars, President Barack Obama lampooned Mitt Romney’s wealth and mimed a shaggy dog story about his foe, striking a rare light note in the bitter White House race. Obama used an annual star-studded dinner with White House correspondents and Hollywood A-listers, which presidents use to rip their…

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