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Michele Bachmann granted dual Swiss-American citizenship

Fond of saying she’s proud to be American, former presidential contender Michele Bachmann also frequently has spoken of her family’s Norwegian ancestry. Now the Republican lawmaker is touting new-found ties to Switzerland, after being granted dual citizenship, US media reported Wednesday. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent so she…

Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dead at 84

Pioneering celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has been found dead at his California home, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. He was 84. Referred to by some as the “founder of hairdressing,” he is said to have pioneered the bob haircut and, after opening his first salon in London in 1954,…

South Korean court sentences U.S. soldier to six years for raping teen

A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced a US soldier to six years in prison for raping a South Korean teenager last year. The Seoul Central District Court found Private Kevin Robinson, 21, guilty of raping the girl, then aged 17, at her home in the city in September, a…

Pat Robertson prays to convert ‘homosexuals’ from ‘displeasing’ Jesus

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday asked gay men and lesbians to pray with him that they would stop “displeasing” Jesus by doing “something the Bible says in an abomination.” Following a segment on CBN’s 700 Club about a lesbian who said she had become straight after giving her life to…

Bipartisan amendment seeks to halt Obama’s medical marijuana raids

A forthcoming amendment to H.R. 5326, a key appropriations bill currently being debated in Congress, will give the House of Representatives an opportunity to rebuke the Obama administration’s rapid fire raids on voter-approved medical marijuana facilities in the states that allow doctors to recommend the drug. Three California Republicans and…

ACLU Minnesota sues voter ID advocacy group over failure to disclose nonprofit status

The Minnesota Voters Alliance, the group suing state and local officials over allegations of fraud in Minnesota elections, was accused Wednesday morning by the Minnesota branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of not registering as a nonprofit organization. The ACLU Minnesota accused the Voters Alliance of raising over…

Obama endorses same sex marriage

In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared that “same sex couples should be able to get married.” The president told ABC’s Robin Roberts that his views on the issue of marriage equality had been “going through an evolution.” “I’ve always been adamant that gay and…

Openly gay NC legislator: ‘We have to continue to fight’

On the whole, things look pretty bleak for North Carolina’s LGBT citizens today. Yesterday, voters passed Amendment One, an amendment to the state’s constitution banning marriage and civil unions for same sex couples. However, there is one bright spot. In Guilford County, openly gay state legislator Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Greensboro)…

NC county commissioner calls to revoke ‘illegal’ same sex benefits

Only hours after North Carolina passed a controversial amendment banning same sex marriage, a county commissioner is already calling to revoke the “illegal” benefits provided to unmarried same sex couples. “Now that #4marriage #amendment1 has passed – we need to eliminate those illegal benefits,” Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, who…

Family urges racial bias investigation in police shooting of Marine vet

The family of Kenneth Chamberlain, a marine veteran shot dead by police in his home, say they hope federal prosecutors will indict and prosecute the officer who killed him. US attorneys are currently reviewing the death of Chamberlain, an ailing 68-year-old African American who was killed by a white police…

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