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World Bank nominee raps, dreamed of being a star quarterback

Singing rap, citing Buddhist teachings, and once dreaming of being a sports star, the likely next head of the World Bank may not be widely known — but he’s no faceless bureaucrat. Korean-born Jim Yong Kim is the president of Ivy League Dartmouth College, a medical doctor and, above all,…

Romney and other Republicans hit ‘Obamacare’ on two-year anniversary

Republicans vented their frustration with President Barack Obama’s health care reform Friday on its second anniversary, with Mitt Romney blasting the law as an “unfolding disaster for the American economy.” Romney’s rival in the Republican presidential race, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, also weighed in, savaging the two-year-old law as…

Mississippi Supreme Court asked to reconsider pardons of more than 200 convicted criminals

Mississippi’s state supreme court has been asked to rethink its decision to uphold the pardoning of more than 200 convicted criminals, including murders and rapists, by a former governor. In a motion for reconsideration filed in the state capital Jackson, state attorney general Jim Hood said granting a pardon implicated…

Terrorism info center will retain Americans’ data up to five years

The National Counterterrorism Center was granted license on Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to retain Americans’ data for up to five years, even if the subjects in question are not suspected of having ties to terrorism. Created in 2004, the center’s mission is to serve as a data…

George Zimmerman expelled from Seminole State College

The accused gunman in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has been asked not to return to Seminole State College, where he is currently enrolled, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The Sentinel quotes college officials as saying, “Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving…

Trinity Broadcasting Network ‘funds owners’ exorbitant lifestyle’

The world’s largest Christian TV channel, the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, has become embroiled in a multimillion dollar financial scandal after members of the family that founded it alleged widespread embezzlement. The claims – by Brittany Koper, whose grandfather Paul Crouch founded TBN, and by Joseph McVeigh, another family member…

Santorum told to ‘pretend it’s Obama’ at shooting range

At a shooting range in Louisiana on Friday, an onlooker encouraged Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to pretend the target he was firing at was President Barack Obama. “Santorum is shooting a 1911 Colt,” Politico’s Juana Summers tweeted from the sheriff’s office shooting range in West Monroe. “Range master says…

Texas reporter fired after shocking interview on transvaginal sonograms

AUSTIN, TEXAS — A well-known journalist was fired this week by a radio station in Houston after he featured excerpts from a shocking interview with a woman who was forced to undergo several medically unnecessary transvaginal sonograms to obtain an abortion, leaving the reporter wondering if he was canned over…

Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’

President Barack Obama on Friday carefully weighed in on the case of a 17-year-old unarmed African American boy who was gunned down in February by a neighborhood watch leader. At a White House event announcing the nomination of Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, NBC’s…

Teacher fired over claims third graders had oral sex

A teacher in Louisiana has been fired because two third-grade students reportedly had oral sex in her classroom. Madison Parish Schools Superintendent Lisa Wilmore said that the dismissal took place after an investigation at Tallulah Elementary School where the teacher works, according to The News Star. “These kids were allegedly…

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