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U.S. sees spike in painkiller-addicted babies

WASHINGTON — Prescription painkiller abuse among mothers-to-be has driven up the rate of babies born in the United States with opiate addiction almost threefold in a decade, said a US study on Monday. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a five-fold increase in maternal…

Oklahoma Supreme Court: ‘Fetal personhood’ initiative ‘clearly unconstitutional’

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that a ballot measure to completely prohibit abortion was “clearly unconstitutional.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against the ballot measure, which would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution to grant fertilized eggs and embryos…

Girl allegedly punished for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance

The Brownsville Area School District announced on Monday it would not discipline students who refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, according to the Associated Press. The announcement came hours after the ACLU sued the western Pennsylvania school district on behalf of a middle school student. The unnamed 13-year-old…

Stephen King tells rich people upset over tax increases: ‘Tough s**t’

Wealthy Americans adverse to paying higher taxes may have found a new enemy in famous novelist Stephen King, who lashed out at his fellow high income earners Monday afternoon for complaining about a possible increase in their rates. In a brutally candid and colorful op-ed column for The Daily Beast,…

Texas judge foils Perry’s plot to kill Planned Parenthood

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) was rebuked by a federal court on Monday for his decision to withdraw all Medicare funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), in a move that triggered a showdown with the federal government amid an election season already fraught with gender politics. The…

Lawmaker gets only 1 donation after ‘lesbian’ Girls Scouts remark

An Indiana lawmaker has only received a single donation in the months since he accused the Girl Scouts of becoming a “radicalized organization” that promotes the “homosexual lifestyle.” The latest campaign finance report indicates that Republican state Rep. Bob Morris received only one donation after his February remarks, according to…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity ruling expected in New York Tuesday

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to learn Tuesday in New York whether his claim to diplomatic immunity will allow him to escape a civil suit over alleged sexual assault. The suit was lodged against Strauss-Kahn by Manhattan hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who alleges the French politician forced her into…

Microsoft ventures into ebook market with Barnes & Noble

Microsoft teamed up Monday with US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble in a venture aimed at grabbing a bigger share of the rapidly growing market for electronic books. The world’s biggest software group will make a $300 million investment in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focusing on the bookseller’s…

Supreme Court will rule on if deportation ruling is retroactive

The US Supreme Court Monday said it would address the issue of retroactively applying a 2010 decision that immigrants have the right to be told if a guilty plea may lead to deportation. The top US court said it would take up the appeal of Roselva Chaidez, a 56-year-old Mexican…

Romney: ‘Even Jimmy Carter’ would have killed bin Laden

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is trying to neutralize President Barack Obama’s achievement of killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden by insisting that it’s something that even liberal Democratic President Jimmy Carter would have done. A recent web advertisement from the Obama campaign and a speech by Vice President…

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