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U.S. recalls organ storage fluid over contamination fears

A major US pharmaceutical company on Thursday issued a wide-spanning global recall of the fluid used to store organs for potential transplants over fears it could be contaminated. Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) said it is recalling the fluid, called Viaspan, across much of Europe as a part of its investigation into…

ACLU files lawsuit over Oklahoma ‘fetal personhood’ ballot measure

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday filed a lawsuit against an anti-abortion “personhood” ballot measure on behalf of six Oklahoma voters. “By their own admission, the proponents of this initiative aim to strip women and families of their established right to decide whether…

Protestors call on ALEC to disavow ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws after Trayvon Martin’s murder

Just before noon on a sunny D.C. day, close to 100 students, office workers and activists quietly converged outside a nondescript office building for a rally to shine light on the role that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) played in pushing legislatures to pass “Stand Your Ground” or “Shoot…

‘Occupy’ prank gives New Yorkers free subway rides

Activists thought to be affiliated with Occupy Wall Street on Wednesday chained open as many as 25 subway stations in New York City, inviting commuters to ride without paying fares. Signs with official Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) logos were places around stations, reading, “Free Entry, No Fare. Please Enter Through…

Zimmerman’s father says ‘so much hate’ coming from Obama

The father of a neighborhood watch enthusiast who gunned down an African-American teen in Florida last month is calling on President Barack Obama and other black leaders to “go beyond the hate that they have.” In an interview with WOFL on Wednesday, George Zimmerman’s father, who did not wish to…

US confirms economy grew 3.0% in Q4

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Commerce Department said in its final estimate Thursday. The department’s third estimate for gross domestic product growth in the period was unrevised from its prior estimate and capped a year of steadily accelerating growth. GDP grew…

Obama presses lawmakers to cut oil tax breaks

US President Barack Obama pressed lawmakers Thursday to cut tax breaks for the petroleum sector, saying they can “stand with big oil companies, or they can stand with the American people.” Obama, under pressure in an election year over a surge in fuel costs, said the nation cannot afford the subsidies at a time…

Former child janitor to Gingrich: Your jobs plan ‘offended’ me

A man who spent part of his childhood working as a janitor told Newt Gingrich on Wednesday that he was offended by the Republican presidential candidate’s plan to put kids to work. During an event at Georgetown University, Hector Cendejas called out the former House Speaker for his initiative to…

Educators assail Tenn. bill seeking to exile legal immigrants from schools

The nation’s largest non-union teacher association on Thursday attacked a new bill in the Tennessee legislature for a provision that would prohibit the state’s charter schools from hiring too many legal immigrants, in what at least one conservative group apparently views as part of its ongoing crusade against Muslims. The…

House Republicans mock immigration detention as ‘holiday’

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday complained that immigrants were basically getting a posh “holiday” after the Obama administration issued new, more humane detention guidelines. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Holiday on ICE,” chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) charged that “[t]he administration’s new detention manual reads more…

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