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Supreme Court poised to rule on health care reform

The imminent US Supreme Court decision on Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms has major implications for November’s presidential election and for the future of the United States. A ruling is expected as early as Monday — two years to the day after Obama signed into law an act to…

Genetically modified grass blamed for mass cattle deaths in Texas

A form of genetically modified grass is being cited as the likely culprit in the sudden death of a herd of cattle in Central Texas, according to CBS News. Preliminary tests revealed that the grass, an altered form of Bermuda grass known as Tifton 85, had mysteriously begun producing cyanide gas. Scientists at…

An almighty Koch app: Democrat Darcy Burner targets billionaire brothers

Darcy Burner developing smartphone app to allow shoppers to avoid brands owned by the Kochs and other rightwingers Mopping up that spilled organic, fair trade coffee with a Brawny kitchen roll? Off to yoga in your Lycra shorts? Serving your kids kale chips on a Dixie paper plate? Did you…

Too many wildfires caused by gun owners, says Utah governor

Too many wildfires caused by gun owners, says Utah governor (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Some of the wildfires scorching the West this year were sparked by unusual culprits: Gun owners. Or, more specifically, gun shooters. As with the Dump fire in Utah, which flared hard enough on Friday…

Ex-principal held without bond after fatal rampage

Former Tampa Bay area middle-school principal Anthony Giancola, 45, is being held without bond after a violent rampage that left two dead and a trail of destruction in its wake, according to the Associated Press. Giancola is charged in the fatal stabbings, as well as with ramming a building with…

Utah girl jailed and strip searched for hair-cutting prank

A 13-year-old girl in Utah had her ponytail cut off, was jailed for 30 days and was forced to undergo a strip search at the hands of juvenile justice officials, all because she allegedly helped a friend cut another little girl’s hair. “I was at McDonald’s with my other friend,”…

Mitt Romney tells voters: ‘I feel your pain’

Republican contender plays to public fears about economy and ditches social conservatism as he chases swing voters The voice was hoarse, but that was the only sign that Mitt Romney was nearing the end of a gruelling tour through the battleground states that will decide who wins the White House.…

Giving to religious institutions drops for second year in a row

Giving to religious institutions drops for second year in a row. Why? ) Church congregations may need to pass the offering plate again because giving to religious institutions has dropped for the second year in a row. Charitable giving to the religious sector fell by 1.7 percent last year, according…

Breaking: Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 out of 48 counts of child sexual abuse

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday on 45 out of 48 counts of child sex abuse. Sandusky’s lawyer asked for him to be released under house arrest, but the judge refused and revoked his bail. He was taken from the courthouse in handcuffs, as…

In major anti-union decision, Supreme Court limits use of special political fees

In a case regarded as a major victory for anti-union forces, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an emergency fee imposed by the Service Employee International Union in 2005 on all California state employees was illegal. The special assessment was required off all state employees represented by SEIU, including…

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