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You can’t keep (former) GOOD staffers down

Less than a week after losing their jobs, a group of former employees at GOOD Magazine announced their intention to put together a new magazine, Tomorrow. “It’s going to be about what’s next, what’s on the cusp,” the group said in a statement on Tumblr Tuesday. “We want to get…

Blackwater guards lose appeal in Iraqi shooting case

One of the highest-profile prosecutions stemming from the Iraq war period is to go ahead after the US supreme court refused to dismiss manslaughter and weapons charges against four employees of the private security company Blackwater Worldwide. Supreme court justices declined to review a ruling by a US appeals court…

Secular group faces push-back from Kentucky’s unofficial state pastor

A secular organization that plans to open a chapter in Kentucky has received opposition from a pastor who holds prayer meetings at with state lawmakers. The Secular Coalition for America is opening chapters nationwide to promote the separation of religion and government at the state level. The group has already…

New findings suggest misconceptions about ‘abortion pills’

A story in today’s New York Times suggests Republican anger over morning-after pills is misplaced, because of misconceptions about what they do. Pills like Plan B, Pam Belluck says, don’t stop fertilized eggs from attaching themselves to a woman’s uterus; instead, they delay ovulation, thus preventing eggs from interacting with…

Analysis says New York’s stop-and-frisk policy isn’t working

An analysis of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy by DNAinfo.com says that, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s allegations, stopping more people hasn’t prevented an increase in shootings. The number of shooting victims in the city increased between 2009 and 2011, Murray Weiss writes, from 1,727 to 1,821, despite officers…

North Carolina woman charged with malicious castration

A 35-year-old woman in North Carolina has been charged with malicious castration and assault after she allegedly squeezed a man’s testicle out of his scrotum on Saturday, according to The Star Online. Joyce Maxine Gregory had been arguing with a 59-year-old acquaintance in his apartment. The man told police that…

Disney to ban junk-food ads on TV channels, websites

WASHINGTON — The Walt Disney Company, in a first for a US media giant, said Tuesday it will ban junk-food advertising on its TV channels and websites from 2015 to help fight obesity among US children. “This new initiative is truly a game changer for the health of our children,”…

U.S. thought Taliban had nuclear bomb in 2009: book

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama confronted the ultimate security nightmare early in his administration — the possibility that the Taliban had acquired a nuclear bomb, according to a new book published Tuesday. The book, “Confront and Conceal” by New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger, says Obama was…

U.S. services sector growth picks up in May

WASHINGTON — Growth in the massive US services sector picked up momentum in May amid improved optimism about the economy, a closely watched purchasing managers survey showed Tuesday. The Institute for Supply Management’s services index rose to 53.7 percent from 53.5 percent in April, indicating a slightly faster growth rate…

U.S. hopes for ‘accelerated action’ from Europe

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday it hoped for “accelerated” action in coming weeks ahead of the G20 summit in Mexico, on the euro crisis and shoring up debt-ridden banks. “European leaders seem to be moving with a heightened sense of urgency and we welcome that. We are hoping…

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