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Santorum attacks media over backer’s ‘bad joke’ on contraception

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a page from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s playbook on Friday and lashed out at CBS News for asking him about a major supporter who dismissed the need for contraception by saying women could put an aspirin “between their knees.” “This is someone who…

Judge allows church services at New York public school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City church can continue to hold religious services inside a public school for at least 10 more days, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the latest decision in a 16-year legal battle over a city law that prohibits using school buildings for worship. Bronx…

U.S. nuclear industry’s fate rests with Southern Co.

NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The future of U.S. nuclear power rests squarely on the shoulders of Atlanta-based Southern Co, which will lead the industry’s effort to prove the concept of new reactor construction after a 30-year hiatus. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on February 9 voted 4-1 to issue…

Citigroup whistleblower: I have no regrets

(Reuters) – It wasn’t Sherry Hunt’s original intent to go public on the shoddy quality control at a mortgage unit at Citigroup Inc , her employer since 2004. But by March 2011, as it became apparent to her that the problems were getting worse and not being addressed, the Missouri…

Birth control debate exposes divide between bishops and Catholics

(Reuters) – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a powerful institution, at least on paper. But a recent debate over contraception coverage has exposed a deep divide between the 271 active bishops and the rank-and-file U.S. Catholics who are supposed to follow their moral authority. It also has raised…

Warren: Birth control battle ‘why people really hate politics’

Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception. In response to a White House proposal, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has proposed a rule that would allow…

China’s Xi woos U.S. heartland as Romney attacks

DES MOINES, Iowa — China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping reached out to heartland America Thursday with billions of dollars in farm deals, as Republican Mitt Romney slammed the “prosperous tyranny” of Beijing. China’s vice president, who is expected to lead the rising Asian power for a decade starting next year, hopped…

Air marshals to be reorganized amid internal problems

WASHINGTON — The Federal Air Marshal Service is being reorganized to avoid the kinds of personnel problems described in a recent government report, witnesses at a congressional hearing said Thursday. The service is a branch of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that oversees security on airline flights, and includes undercover…

F-16 fighters intercept pot-laden Cessna in Obama’s airspace

LOS ANGELES — Two F-16 fighters were scrambled Thursday to intercept a light aircraft over Los Angeles, during a visit by President Barack Obama for a fundraising trip, officials said. The military jets scrambled out of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, “to respond to a temporary flight…

Ron Paul could still win Maine caucus as GOP announces review

The Maine Republican Party announced Thursday it was reviewing votes from the presidential caucuses, which former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won by less than 200 votes. “We have worked diligently to contact town chairmen throughout Maine to reconfirm the results of their individual caucuses,” Republican Chairman Charlie Webster said. “These…

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