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Kansas Republicans look to profit off abortion taxes

Lawmakers in Kansas will consider next week a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would, among other things, levy sales taxes on any and all abortion procedures, related healthcare expenses and any company that might do business with an abortion provider — a proposal that could bring millions into state coffers, or…

Santorum: Global warming is ‘political science’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday blasted rivals former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for their past support of legislation to combat global warming, saying that politicians shouldn’t change “when the climate changes.” “When the climate changed about man-made global warming in this country…

Coke, Pepsi to drop level of ‘cancer’ chemical

Coca-Cola said Friday it will lower levels of a chemical in caramel coloring to comply with a California law, but insisted the beverage’s recipe will not change and poses no health risks. Pepsi is making similar changes in order to avoid having to label products with a cancer warning due…

Chris Christie calls former Navy SEAL an ‘idiot’

Police in New Jersey escorted a former Navy SEAL from an event on Thursday after Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) called him an “idiot.” During a town hall-style meeting in Florence Township, a 34-year-old law school student William Brown, a U.S. veteran of three deployments in Iraq, explained that he was…

U.S. adds 227,000 new jobs, unemployment steady at 8.3 percent

The US jobless rate held steady at 8.3 percent in February after falling for five straight months, the Labor Department said Friday. The economy created another 227,000 new jobs, topping the the 200,000 mark for the third straight month, not enough to pull the unemployment rate lower but good enough…

Study: Hate of Obama fuels 755% growth in extremist groups

Fears that the nation’s first black president will be re-elected has fueled the dramatic growth extremists groups in the U.S. over the past year, according to a report from a civil rights organization that tracks these groups. The number of groups in the anti-government “Patriot” movement have sky rocketed 755…

Pope condemns same sex marriage in speech to U.S. bishops

Pope Benedict XVI condemned gay marriage on Friday in a speech to bishops from the United States after the US state of Maryland last week became the eighth in the nation to legalise same-sex unions. “Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” the pope said,…

Oil prices diverge before US payrolls data

World oil prices diverged on Friday amid caution before key payrolls data in top crude consumer the United States, and as Greece reached a debt deal with private creditors to avert bankruptcy. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) or light sweet crude for delivery in April, added 34…

Deal due on handing US prisons to Afghans

A breakthrough deal on the transfer of the controversial US-run Bagram prison and other detention facilities in Afghanistan to Afghan authorities will be signed Friday, officials said. The handover of the prison — sometimes called Afghanistan’s Guantanamo Bay — has been a key sticking point in talks between the United…

Mississippi governor endorses Romney

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney picked up the key endorsement of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, days ahead of a primary in the conservative southern state. Bryant said on Thursday he thought Romney had the best chance of beating President Barack Obama in November’s general election and believes…

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