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Tennessee bill protects teachers who challenge evolution and climate change

The state legislature of Tennessee has given legal cover to public school teachers to challenge the science of evolution and climate change, in a move that looks set to deepen a debate about politicisation of the classroom. The bill passed in the Tennessee Senate this week provides legal protection to…

Arpaio asks Selective Service System for assistance in ‘birther’ investigation

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday requested assistance from the U.S. Selective Service System as part of his ongoing investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. “While my office will continue pursuing this investigation, I have spoken of the need to enlist the aid of other agencies,” Arpaio said in…

Brother of suspect who firebombed Democrat’s office: ‘His whole reality is different’

The brother of Cedric Steele, who allegedly fire bombed the office of Democratic state senator Wendy Davis in Texas, said that Cedric had a history of mental health problems. “All the way through college, we used to be like best friends,” Curtis Steele told the Star-Telegram. “Then he just mentally…

Poll says most Americans want churches out of politics

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four percent of Americans think churches should steer clear of politics, according to a Pew Research Center poll announced Wednesday during a presidential campaign tinged with faith issues. Pew said it was the third consecutive poll in four years to reveal that Americans who favor churches speaking out…

Obama defends energy policy amid high gas prices

BOULDER CITY, Nevada — President Barack Obama launched a bold defense of his energy policy Wednesday, fending off an election year onslaught by Republican foes who blame him for high gas prices. “As long as I’m president, we will not walk away from the promise of clean energy,” Obama said…

U.S. Army reviews mental health diagnoses

WASHINGTON — The US Army’s inspector general is investigating whether psychiatrists threw out diagnoses of post-traumatic stress for soldiers to save money, the civilian head of the army told lawmakers Wednesday. The review coincides with renewed concern over the psychological strain on American soldiers as military prosecutors investigate Staff Sergeant…

Sen. Whitehouse introduces the DISCLOSE Act of 2012

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Wednesday introduced the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, legislation that would prevent political donors from hiding their monetary contributions. “The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has subjected the American people to a flood of political ads funded by anonymous donors,” said Whitehouse. “The American people deserve…

New Hampshire legislature kills same sex marriage repeal bill

The Republican-led House of Representatives in New Hampshire rejected legislation on Wednesday that would have rolled back the state’s same sex marriage law. The bill would have repealed New Hampshire’s 2-year-old same sex marriage law and replaced it with a civil unions law. The House voted 211 to 116 to…

Asians fastest-growing group in United States, census finds

WASHINGTON — Asians are the fastest growing race group in the United States, reflecting a surge in immigration from the entire region over a decade, the US Census Bureau said Tuesday. As part of an ongoing analysis of the data it reaped from its 2010 census, the federal agency said…

Postal workers find 11 pounds of pot headed to N.Y. publishing house

A large shipment of marijuana was intercepted on its way to a publishing house in New York City after postal workers in California detected a “suspicious odor” coming from the packages, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun. San Diego police used a drug sniffing dog to inspect…

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