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Senate passes major transport bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Wednesday passed a $109-billion highway bill that serves as a roadmap for boosting safety and improving infrastructure and freight transport on America’s roads. The sweeping legislation passed 74-22 with broad bipartisan support following weeks of wrangling in the Senate, and now heads to the…

Pennsylvania Democrats say ‘misguided’ voter ID law wastes $11 million

The Democratic Party of Pennsylvania condemned a voter ID law passed by the state legislature on Wednesday as a waste of taxpayer money. “At a time when we need to focus on creating jobs and getting the economy back on track, Pennsylvania Republicans have spent significant time trying to disenfranchise…

In U.S., sickness from imported foods on the rise

WASHINGTON — People in the United States are getting sick more often from imported foods in recent years, and seafoods and spices from Asia are the most common culprits, US health authorities said Wednesday. After reviewing cases of reported outbreaks from 2005 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and…

Obama warns Iran window of diplomacy ‘shrinking’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned Iran that the window for diplomacy to solve a nuclear showdown was “shrinking,” stiffening his rhetoric ahead of looming new talks on the issue. Obama sent a public message to Iran as preparations went ahead for a new round of dialogue…

Uganda LGBT rights group sues U.S. evangelist for ‘persecution’

An LGBT rights group in Uganda on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against an American Christian evangelical leader alleging that he conspired to persecute people on the basis of their sexual identity. Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Pamela Spees, who is representing Sexual Minorities Uganda, told Raw Story that group is…

Ann Coulter: GOP has a ‘problem with charlatans’ like Sarah Palin

Conservative author Ann Coulter on Monday night lamented that “charlatans” like Sarah Palin managed to remain prominent voices within the conservative movement, according to The Shark Tank. At a Lincoln Day Dinner event in Florida, she was asked about the possibility of a brokered Republican convention. “One of the ones…

GOP led Wisconsin legislature votes to ban private abortion coverage

The Republican led Wisconsin assembly voted to ban private insurance coverage for abortions and mandate abstinence-only sex education classes Wednesday morning, according to The Green Bay Post Gazette. The Assembly voted 61-34 Tuesday evening to ban abortion coverage from a health insurance exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act…

Jury finds VA Tech negligent in shooting deaths

A jury in Christiansberg, Virginia has ruled that officials at Virginia Tech were negligent on April 16, 2007, the day of the infamous shooting rampage that left 32 people dead and 25 injured, according to a report from ABC affiliate station WJLA. The jury of seven was given the case…

Gunman opens fire outside Texas courthouse ahead of sexual assault trial

During a lunch break ahead of a major trial in Beaumont, Texas, a man accused of sexually assaulting his daughter allegedly opened fire with a high powered rifle, reportedly killing at least one person and wounding several others. Police in Jefferson County told reporters that Bartholomew Granger, 41, engaged officers…

Limbaugh: Judging Miss America proves I’m not anti-woman

Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh says the fact that he judged the Miss America pageant proves that he’s not sexist as his critics have claimed. Limbaugh has been at the center of a controversy over women’s rights after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”…

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