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Pope asks U.S. bishops to keep to the Vatican script

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI asked bishops Saturday to ensure that religious teachings are authorised by the Catholic Church, in a bid to keep US Catholics in line with the Vatican. The appeal comes after the Vatican last month upbraided a US association of Catholic clergy women for its…

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Party nomination for president

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was nominated on Saturday to be the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate in the upcoming 2012 election. “I am convinced that Gary Johnson will be an exceptional candidate, and a very successful President,” said Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party Chair. “We have an impressive roster of…

Connecticut passes medical marijuana bill

State Senators in Connecticut on Saturday voted to legalize marijuana for medical uses, creating a system of regulation that would license pharmacists to dispense marijuana only in special cases where doctors certify that it is needed. The Senate voted 21 to 13 after a lengthy debate, and Gov. Dannel Malloy…

Obama tells Americans not to take chance on Romney

President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States had suffered too much pain to turn the economy over to Republican Mitt Romney, as he fired up his first official reelection rally. “We are not turning back the clock, we are moving forward,” Obama said, seeking to revive the political magic that swept…

9/11 mastermind, co-plotters defy Guantanamo court

The self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four co-defendants defied a military court here Saturday, with one of the accused shouting “you are going to kill us.” The five were brought into the courtroom to be arraigned for the killing of 2,976 people on September 11, 2001 when Al-Qaeda militants flew…

Florida Judge denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ retrial to female black defendant

31-year-old Marissa Alexander was cornered by her abusive husband when she fired a warning shot into the ceiling of their home, using a gun she was licensed to carry. The August, 2010 incident led to the Jacksonville, Florida resident’s conviction of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,…

Military orders troops to ‘fall in line’ after series of PR disasters

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on US troops to tighten up discipline and display “integrity” after a series of public relations disasters that he said could play into the hands of America’s enemies. Panetta, echoing a message from Army and Marine Corps leaders, on Friday said the misconduct related only…

UN expert calls for U.S. return of native lands

The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has called on the United States to mitigate the “sense of loss” among the Native American community by restoring some tribal lands. James Anaya, made the comments after a 12-day tour of the United States, during which he met with…

Obama ‘Ready to Go’ with first campaign rallies

US President Barack Obama holds his first official reelection rallies Saturday at an unfortunate moment, as signs of the strong economic rebound he hopes to ride to a second term seem to be dimming. Introduced by popular First Lady Michelle Obama, the president will seek to fire up the vast…

House bill would make visas for undocumented abuse victims contingent on testimony of abuser

For the past several weeks, Congressional Republicans have been attempting to obstruct the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because they object to its addition of protections for immigrants, Native Americans, and members of the LGBT community. The law was initially passed in 1994 and was renewed by unanimous…

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