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U.S. nun group rejects Vatican condemnation

The leader of a group of US Catholic nuns on Saturday rejected condemnation from a Vatican report that said it defied Church doctrine. “We haven’t violated any teaching,” Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told AFP, insisting the group would not stop “caring for the least among…

Rodney King criticizes ‘Stand Your Ground,’ recalls LA beating

Rodney King, whose beating by police in 1992 sparked the LA riots, criticized Friday the law at the heart of the contested Trayvon Martin shooting, as he recalled his own struggles. Speaking a week ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles race riots which left more than 50…

New Romney spokesperson draws scrutiny for insulting women on Twitter

The Romney campaign announced the appointment of a new foreign policy spokesperson on Thursday, and the appointee has already come under fire for what Think Progress describes as his “odd penchant for targeting the wives of male politicians and women in general on Twitter.” According to Judd Legum and Alex…

North Carolina commutes death sentence under new ‘racial bias’ law

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina judge Friday commuted the death penalty of a black man accused of murdering a white man, saying race played a role in the severity of the sentence, in the first case reviewed under a new state law. Judge Greg Weeks of Fayetteville commuted the sentence…

Nevada casino workers launch hunger strike

“I’m fasting and praying to God that this company will be benevolent enough to see that the company is its workers,” cocktail waitress Dawn Vaseur said, pushing back tears. Vaseur, one of thirteen Station Casinos workers on a week-long hunger strike, is literally starving to protest the working conditions and…

11 now investigated in Secret Service scandal

The US military said Friday it is now investigating 11 service members linked to the growing sex scandal in Colombia that has rocked the president’s Secret Service. The Pentagon had initially said five troops were implicated and later said there were 10 suspects. “I can tell you now, based on…

1792 penny sells for $1.15 million

Talk about a pretty penny. A 1792-dated copper cent has sold for $1.15 million, a US auction house said Friday. The experimental coin with a silver center was one of the first ever struck at the United States mint and is one of just 14 known to have survived. It…

CU-Boulder resorts to fish guts, censorship to keep 4/20 celebrants away

Colorado University-Boulder officials on Friday coated a large tract of land with a gag-worthy, fish-based fertilizer and hired Haitian musician Wyclef Jean to stage a free concert off campus, just to keep an annual gathering of marijuana protesters away from the school. A bonus: the school’s contract with Wyclef stipulates…

Secret Service agent made sexually suggestive Facebook comment about Sarah Palin

The secret service suffered fresh damage to its already battered reputation on Friday when it was disclosed that one of the agents involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal posted pictures on Facebook of Sarah Palin accompanied by a sexually suggestive comment. The security service supervisor, David Chaney, had been assigned…

Two years after BP oil spill, disaster is far from over

Two years after the worst maritime oil spill in history, fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists up and down the US Gulf Coast warn that the disaster may be far from over. Dead dolphins keep washing up on shore in unprecedented numbers. Oil-coated coral reefs are dying in the deepwater. Eyeless shrimp…

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