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Study: Pot more prevalent among teens than cigarette smoking

An annual study (PDF) of U.S. teens’ drug-using habits, published Wednesday by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, found that the number of teens who say they’ve recently used marjuana has exploded since 2008: so many, in fact, that they now outnumber teens who’ve recently smoked cigarettes. While the Partnership’s…

NC pastor’s ‘apology’: ‘Effeminate behavior is ungodly’

A North Carolina pastor who in a recent sermon advocated giving gay children “a good punch” now says he was just joking. Berean Baptist Church pastor Sean Harris told The Fayetteville Observer on Tuesday that he had made the comments in “in jest,” but defended the idea of reinforcing traditional…

Documents reveal bin Laden wanted to re-brand al-Qaeda

Documents taken by US special forces from Osama bin Laden’s compound and released by American authorities reveal a leader frustrated by the actions of affiliated groups that he felt were tarnishing the al-Qaida brand. Though tens of thousands of documents, videos and computer discs were seized during the raid in…

Arizona shooter was neo-Nazi and former GOP official

An Arizona man who on Wednesday reportedly killed four people, including a 47-year-old grandmother and a 15-month-old infant, and then took his own life was also a former Republican Party official, a former white supremacist neo-Nazi and the founder of a border patrol vigilante group that advocated using violence on…

Bush torture lawyer Yoo granted immunity from Padilla lawsuit

John Yoo, a former Department of Justice attorney who crafted legal memos authorizing the Bush administration’s notorious torture programs, will not have to face a lawsuit filed by Jose Padilla, an American citizen accused of terrorism who claims he was tortured while in U.S. military custody. In a unanimous decision…

Courtney Love loses rights to Kurt Cobain’s image

Courtney Love is no longer the keeper of Kurt Cobain’s public image, according to a report. Publicity rights for the late Nirvana singer’s estate are reported to have passed from his widow to his 19-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. In 2010, Love apparently stepped down as manager of the company…

Student forgotten in cell by DEA files $20 million torture lawsuit

Daniel Chong, the 23-year-old student at UC San Diego who was left in a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) holding cell for five days without food or water, has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the agency, according to NBC San Diego. “The deprivation of food and water for four and…

US says ready to help blind Chinese activist

The United States said Thursday it was ready to help Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng if he sought exile, after the blind activist expressed fears for his safety and pleaded to be taken abroad. The fate of the campaigning lawyer-dissident, who escaped from house arrest and spent six days at the US embassy in…

US pushes China to allow yuan rise, speed reforms

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Thursday urged China to allow its currency to strengthen further and push forward economic reforms, which he said were crucial to the global recovery. But his comments at the start of two-day talks between the world’s two biggest economies were overshadowed by a human rights row that has…

Five dead including toddler in Arizona shooting

LOS ANGELES — A gunman shot and killed four people including a toddler in the southwest US state of Arizona before turning the gun on himself Wednesday, officials and reports said. The motive for the shooting in Gilbert, southeast of Phoenix, was unclear, said a municipal spokeswoman, while the Arizona…

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