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Most Christian missionaries are American

SALEM, Massachusetts (Reuters) – At a church on the New England coast 200 years ago, five young men became ordained as Congregational missionaries and set off on cargo ships to India as the first organized group of American missionaries to travel overseas. Their departure signaled the start of the U.S.…

Occupy protesters rally against prison conditions

SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators and prison reform activists joined forces outside the gates of a prison in San Quentin, California on Monday to protest high incarceration rates and harsh living conditions. Speakers rallying at the San Quentin State Prison said the state’s sentencing laws…

Most Virginians oppose requiring trans-vaginal ultrasound before abortion

Fifty-five percent of Virginia voters oppose legislation that would require a woman to receive an ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy, according to a Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll. The bill sparked outrage because it would require a woman receive a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion, and be given an opportunity…

Pro-Romney PAC spent $13.5 million in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney is struggling to regain control of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but his allies appear ready to offer him a strong crutch for the road ahead. Restore Our Future, the independent “Super PAC” that supports Romney, spent $13.5 million in January on ads…

Sheriff Babeu: Government shouldn’t tell churches who can get married

Republican Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday that the government should not be telling churches who can and can’t get married. Babeu, an emerging Republican figure and strong border defense sheriff, resigned from his position as Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Saturday afternoon…

Wisconsin Democrats tell David Koch: Get out and take Gov. Walker too

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin blasted oil billionaire David Koch on Monday for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker in his fight against public unions. “I think I speak for most Wisconsinites when I say to David Koch, ‘Get out of Wisconsin and take Scott Walker’s dangerous agenda with you,’” Democratic…

Wheelchair-bound man arrested for robbing convenience store

A 22-year old wheelchair-bound man was arrested in Florida for allegedly robbing a convenience store with a knife, according to CBS Miami. The convenience store clerk said John Christopher Champion maneuvered his motorized wheelchair behind the counter, pulled out a pocket knife and demanded cash from the register. The 54-year-old…

Student: Anti-marriage push is like being told ‘f*gs die’

A student at North Carolina State University encouraged county commissioners on Monday not to support a resolution calling for voters to ban same sex marriage because it was basically the same as saying “fags die.” Numerous citizens came to the Wake County Board of Commissioners to speak out against Republican…

Group: Racist imagery used to push for Minnesota voter ID law

The liberal group TakeAction Minnesota on Monday morning held a press conference to condemn what they said was racist imagery being used to promote a proposed voter ID law. The Republican-controlled Minnesota legislature is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a government-issued photo identification in…

Can Obama’s volunteer army win him a second term?

WARREN, Michigan — In a cramped campaign office a couple of blocks from a sprawling General Motors assembly plant, Linda Koch rings the bell used to signal that a new volunteer has signed up for the fight to reelect President Barack Obama. “Woohoo!” the triumphant Koch chirps. “She’s bringing her…

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