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Florida bill would permit prayer at mandatory school functions

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida students will be allowed to offer an “inspirational message” at graduations, pep rallies and other school events under a bill on its way to the desk of the state’s Republican Governor Rick Scott. The measure was approved on Thursday following lengthy debate in both chambers…

NYC mayor Bloomberg defends monitoring of U.S. Muslims

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended police surveillance of Muslims who travel between the Big Apple and nearby New Jersey, whose governor has lambasted the controversial scheme. “A lot of the World Trade Center terrorists that took 3,000 people went back and forth to New Jersey,” said Bloomberg,…

Obama calls for new energy technologies

President Barack Obama called on Saturday for the development of new technologies to help tackle America’s energy problems and the scrapping of a $4-billion-dollar tax break for oil companies. “We’ve got to develop new technology that will help us use new forms of energy,” Obama said in his radio and…

Outbreak of kidney failure in Wyoming linked to ‘Spice’

(Reuters) – Three young people have been hospitalized with kidney failure and a dozen others sickened in Casper, Wyoming, in an outbreak linked to a batch of the designer drug Spice, authorities said on Friday. State medical officials said the cause of the outbreak was under investigation but reported that…

Miami students rally for valedictorian facing deportation

MIAMI (Reuters) – More than 2,000 Miami students walked out of class and took to the streets on Friday in a show of solidarity with a high school valedictorian ordered to leave the United States by an immigration judge. A judge on Monday denied a green card request by Daniela…

BP reaches deal with plaintiffs over Gulf of Mexico spill

NEW YORK (Reuters) – BP PLC has reached a $7.8 billion agreement with plaintiffs suing over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a court order on Friday, but the company still faces claims by the U.S. government and drilling partners. BP said the cost of the…

Maher: Liberals have to get ‘out of the bubble’ regarding Obama

Host Bill Maher ended his Friday night episode of Real Time by explaining his $1 million donation last week to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action. “Every time I turn on the news, Christ-y-McSweater-vest [Rick Santorum] has just said something crazier than the last crazy thing he said,” Maher…

Astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson schools former GM exec Lutz on climate change

Popular astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History Neil deGrasse Tyson schooled former vice-chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz on the reality of climate change during Friday night's edition of Real Time with Bill Maher. …

Cops in shoot out with Mexican drug gang across Rio Grande

(Reuters) – U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican drug traffickers fought a gun battle across the Rio Grande river in south Texas, authorities said on Friday, the latest of a spate of cross-border shootings in recent months. The Border Patrol said gunfire erupted on Wednesday after agents confronted a group…

Illinois judge rules state eavesdropping law unconstitutional

The Occupiers who are planning to descend on Chicago in May to protest the G8 and NATO meetings can breathe a sign of relief today. The Illinois law which made it a felony to make audio recordings of police officers without their permission has been found unconstitutional by a state…

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