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Ohio teen charged over school shooting

WASHINGTON — The Ohio teenager accused of America’s latest tragic school shooting was charged on Thursday with three counts of aggravated murder and two of attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said. The charges against TJ Lane, who gave himself up and confessed to police after Monday’s shooting spree at Chardon…

Obama pokes fun at birth controversy on Facebook

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama switched his Facebook page on Thursday to the social network’s new “timeline” format and poked fun at the controversy over his birthplace. The first entry on Obama’s revamped Facebook page lists his birthdate — August 4, 1961 — and provides a link to a…

House condemns death sentence of Iranian pastor

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday condemned Iran for sentencing an Iranian-born Christian pastor to death, in violation, US lawmakers said, of the “universal human right” of religion. By a unanimous vote of 418-0, US lawmakers called in a symbolic resolution for the immediate release of Yusef…

Gingrich blames teachers for same sex marriage

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday blamed teachers for the growing acceptance of same sex marriage, according to Right Wing Watch. “I think ultimately we’re going to have to have a federal amendment because at the rate we’re going, you might be able to pass a federal law, but…

Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize same sex marriage

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed legislation on Thursday that grants same sex couples all the marriage rights currently enjoyed by opposite sex couples. “Religious freedom was the very reason for our State’s founding,” he said in a statement. “At the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual…

Drunk driver shuts down Philadelphia airport

PHILADELPHIA — Flights at Philadelphia International Airport were halted for 40 minutes Thursday after a drunk driver drove through a gate into a restricted area and onto a runway. Police intervened to stop the driver, identified as Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, after he crashed through a locked, but unmanned gate.…

U.S. making energy progress despite critics: Obama

NASHUA, New Hampshire — President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States is making progress in curbing its dependence on imported petroleum as he defended his energy policy in the face of criticism from Republican rivals. Speaking in New Hampshire, Obama sought to deflect election-year charges that he is to…

Rep. Speier calls for boycott of Limbaugh sponsors

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday said that if the sponsors of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show continued to support his “hate mongering” then women should boycott those companies. “I rise this morning to say to Rush Limbaugh, shame on you,” she said on the House floor. “Shame on you for…

Catholic diocese sorry after punishing girl for speaking native languange

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has apologized after punishing a 12-year-old girl for speaking her Native American language at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin. Miranda Washinawatok explained to WGBA that she wasn’t allowed to play in one basketball game after she spoke in her native Menominee language…

Arpaio probe concludes Obama’s birth certificate a ‘forgery’

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced on Thursday that his investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate concluded the document was most likely a “forgery.” “President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House on April 27, 2011, is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery, not a…

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