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Santorum: Contraception ‘a grievous moral wrong’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says an amendment put forward by Senate Republicans that would have allowed any business to exclude contraceptives from health care plans was not really about birth control. “The Blunt amendment was broader than that,” Santorum told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “It was…

Pro hockey players fight homophobia with ‘You Can Play’ campaign

BOSTON (Reuters) – Thirty players in the National Hockey League have joined a campaign intended to promote gay and lesbian equality in sports with a television ad that will premiere during Sunday’s matchup of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. The campaign, called “You Can Play,” aims to combat…

Romney and Santorum in dead heat in Ohio

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has surged into a dead heat with Rick Santorum in the Ohio primary, setting up a cliffhanger race on Tuesday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday. The former Massachusetts governor and former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania are tied with 32…

‘Sleeping Mexican’ proposed mural draws TX protest

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – A proposed mural of a sleeping, sombrero-topped Mexican man has created a cultural minefield in South Texas, where supporters say it’s a tribute to a classic image and opponents say it’s offensive. The image of a man sleeping with his back against a wall, knees…

Toddler survives twister that killed her family

A two-year-old girl survived a terrifying tornado that killed her parents and siblings at the weekend, US media reported, noting that she was in critical condition in hospital. The unidentified toddler was found lying among the bodies of her family in a field near a flattened home in New Pekin,…

Group posts billboards in religious neighborhoods saying God is ‘a myth’

The group American Atheists has begun a new campaign posting billboards in Hebrew and Arabic that say, “God is a myth…and you have a choice.” The New York Daily News reports that according to their website, the group says the billboards aren’t meant to offend, but rather as outreach to…

BP reaches $7.8 billion settlement over US oil spill

Oil giant BP has reached a $7.8 billion (5.9 billion euro) deal to settle thousands of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but some of the victims said Saturday that the money won’t bring the disaster to a close. The settlement announced late Friday does not affect what is anticipated…

Florida bill would permit prayer at mandatory school functions

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida students will be allowed to offer an “inspirational message” at graduations, pep rallies and other school events under a bill on its way to the desk of the state’s Republican Governor Rick Scott. The measure was approved on Thursday following lengthy debate in both chambers…

NYC mayor Bloomberg defends monitoring of U.S. Muslims

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended police surveillance of Muslims who travel between the Big Apple and nearby New Jersey, whose governor has lambasted the controversial scheme. “A lot of the World Trade Center terrorists that took 3,000 people went back and forth to New Jersey,” said Bloomberg,…

Obama calls for new energy technologies

President Barack Obama called on Saturday for the development of new technologies to help tackle America’s energy problems and the scrapping of a $4-billion-dollar tax break for oil companies. “We’ve got to develop new technology that will help us use new forms of energy,” Obama said in his radio and…

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