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Santorum: Obama leading Christians to the ‘guillotine’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned on Wednesday that President Barack Obama and other liberals are leading people of faith down a path that ends at the guillotine. During a campaign event in Plano, Texas, the candidate charged Obama had an “overt hostility to faith.” “When you look and see…

New Hampshire Republican proposes end to lunch break law

A Republican State Representative in New Hampshire has found a way to create a new front in the war on workers, proposing a bill that would repeal the state’s law requiring that workers get a 30-minute lunch break after five hours of labor. State Rep. J.R. Hoell (R), a supporter…

Military to ease restrictions on women in combat

The US military on Thursday will ease some restrictions on women in combat, opening up thousands of jobs that had been off-limits to female soldiers, defense officials said. The move marks a milestone for the American military, which has lifted prohibitions on women’s roles since the 1970s in incremental steps.…

Suit seeks to make ‘morning-after pill’ available to girls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Brooklyn to make the “morning-after pill” immediately available to girls of all ages without a prescription. The move by a coalition headed by the Center for Reproductive Rights attempts to override a decision by U.S. Secretary…

Romanian man charged with hacking NASA computers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Romanian man accused of hacking into NASA computers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles under the online moniker “Iceman” has been indicted on a federal charge, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Robert Butyka is charged with hacking into 25 NASA computers at JPL in…

Colorado student charged in ‘glitter bomb’ of Romney

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado student faced misdemeanor charges on Wednesday for flinging glitter toward Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in an increasingly frequent protest act some commentators say should be subject to prosecution. The practice of “glitter bombing” has mainly been the domain of gay rights activists targeting Republican…

Hard-hit Californians more optimistic about economy

Reuters) – Two thirds of Californians believe their personal financial situation will improve in the next 12 months, a sign that residents in one of the hardest-hit states in terms of unemployment and foreclosures are becoming more optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to a survey issued on Thursday. California,…

U.S. military seeks more access in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – The United States is seeking more access to Philippines ports and airfields to re-fuel and service its warships and planes, diplomatic and military sources said on Thursday, expanding its presence at a time of tension with China in the South China Sea. But it is not trying…

Pakistan ‘Al-Qaeda chief’ killed by US drone

US missiles on Thursday killed Al-Qaeda’s chief in Pakistan, one of the Americans’ main targets in the volatile country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people, officials said. Badar Mansoor, who reputedly sent fighters to Afghanistan and ran a training camp in North Waziristan, was killed in a…

New York hotel maids to be given ‘panic buttons’

NEW YORK — Large New York hotels plan to equip their housekeepers and staff with portable alarms so they get help quickly in case of trouble, officials said Wednesday. Any staff member who must enter guests rooms, such as maids, waiters and mini-bar attendants, will be given the “panic buttons”…

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