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School board sells ad space on report cards

WASHINGTON — Faced with stinging budget cuts, a county school board in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado is selling advertising space on report cards to help make ends meet. Jefferson County Public Schools expects to make $90,000 over three years from Collegeinvest, a college savings plan, for the two-inch…

TransCanada backs new route for stalled U.S. pipeline

MONTREAL — Pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. said it would back the rerouting of a controversial US-Canada oil pipeline, after the Obama administration delayed its final decision on the project. The company said it supported legislation in the US state of Nebraska that would ensure the Keystone XL pipeline does not…

Obama girds Hawaii supporters for 2012 fight

KO OLINA, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama told supporters in his home state of Hawaii that everything they fought for in his 2008 election triumph was in the balance in the 2012 race. Obama took a day to raise money for his reelection campaign and to relax by playing…

Group leading recall effort against Gov. Walker hit with cyber attack

The website of United Wisconsin, the group leading the recall campaign against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was temporarily knocked offline by a cyber attack on Tuesday. The website was apparently subjected to a distributed denial of service attack. Wisconsin Democrats and United Wisconsin had teamed up to a launch a…

FBI: Anti-Muslim ‘hate crimes’ up 50 percent in U.S.

WASHINGTON — So-called “hate crimes” against Muslims rose nearly 50 percent in the United States in 2010, according to FBI statistics released Monday. The figures, part of a report on hate crimes, showed actions motivated by anti-Muslim prejudice rose to 160 in 2010 from 107 the prior year. Anti-Jewish crimes…

Gay activist Dan Savage ‘glitter bombed’ for alleged transphobia, again

Gay rights activist Dan Savage was showered with glitter on Monday while delivering a speech at the University of California at Irvine, according to Bilerico. Savage was reportedly answering a student’s question about her boyfriend’s fondness of pornography featuring transgender women. Savage suggested her boyfriend was a freak while using…

Ex-skeptic tells U.S. Congress climate change is real

WASHINGTON — A prominent climate change skeptic told Congress on Monday he no longer doubts that global warming is real and caused by humans, and joined other scientists in urging action to stop it. Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, whose two-year research was funded…

NBA players reject new offer, season at risk

NEW YORK — The NBA Players Association on Monday rejected the owners’ latest offer and have launched the process to disband their union, throwing the entire 2011-2012 pro basketball season into jeopardy. Players had the option to accept the offer, which proposed a shortened 72-game schedule beginning December 15 to…

Portland mayor: Wall St. gleeful that ‘Occupy’ protests target liberal cities

Portland Mayor Sam Adams on Monday accused protesters associated with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement of losing their focus by fighting with liberal mayors. “I bet Wall street ill-doers are gleeful about how the #ows movement has gotten so distracted from its original aims,” he wrote using the Twitter service…

Wounded veteran condemns Feds for blocking marijuana research for PTSD

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition by a former U.S. Marine that calls on multiple government agencies to stop blocking research concerning marijuana’s potential to help treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Iraq war veteran Sergeant Ryan Begin is leading the campaign on Change.org following the U.S.…

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