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At least nine dead as tornadoes strike midwest

HARRISBURG, Illinois — A massive winter storm unleashed a string of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction across the US midwest, killing at least nine people and threatening scores more as it pushed eastward Wednesday. The town of Harrisburg, Illinois was ripped apart by a deadly twister that stayed…

Rep. Jared Polis mocks Colorado’s new DEA chief

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado on Wednesday poked fun at his state’s new head drug enforcement agent, joking that the Drug Enforcement Agency’s new motto was “protecting America from mold and water damage.” Barbra Roach, the chief of Denver’s Drug Enforcement Administration, recently told the Denver Post that medical…

Report finds mosques flourishing across U.S.

WASHINGTON — Mosques are taking root across the United States “at a tremendous rate,” but there’s no proof that radicalism is brewing among young Muslim Americans, a report published Wednesday says. The US Mosque Survey 2011 counted 2,106 mosques in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, up 74…

Alabama’s controversial immigration crackdown heads to court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two months before the Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, another courtroom battle will take center stage, this time over Alabama’s immigration crackdown. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, will hear arguments over whether…

Supporter to Romney: Don’t ‘come and get my gun’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday calmed the fears of a supporter who worried that the candidate was going prevent gun owners from protecting themselves from a “tyrannical government.” “I have a concealed carry permit,” the man, who identified himself as William Phillips, told Romney at an event in…

Aide: GOP candidate says Obama an ‘illegal alien’ and ‘Holocaust never happened’

A congressional candidate from Illinois who believes the “Holocaust never happened” is running as a Republican because President Barack Obama is an “illegal alien,” according to one of his campaign aides. In a report published by OakLawn Patch on Tuesday, Arthur Jones charged that “the Holocaust is nothing more than…

Monkees frontman Davy Jones dead at 66

Davy Jones, lead singer of 1960s made-for-TV band The Monkees, died of a heart attack aged 66, the local medical examiner’s office and a report said Wednesday. The singer, who with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork had hits including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” died…

GOP lawmaker proposes tax breaks for mustaches

A mustachioed Republican congressman from Maryland is standing up for the rights of the men (and the women) who dare to have hair above their upper lip. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has introduced the Stimulus To Allow Critical Hair Expenses Act — or STACHE Act — to give people with mustaches…

Support for indefinite detention still hinges on ‘reading terrorists their rights’

At a long overdue Senate committee hearing Wednesday, vocal upport for the controversial indefinite detention rules in last year’s defense authorization act finally reared its head, seeming to still hinge on just one thing: as one witness essentially said, reading terrorists their rights may just prove fatal. Appearing before the Senate…

Tennessee GOP lawmaker defends ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

A Tennessee Republican lawmaker remained steadfast in supporting a bill that would ban teaching kids in elementary and middle school issues affecting the LGBT community, according to The Tenessean. State Rep. Joey Hensley said Tuesday evening that he would continue to move forward with his legislation, titled “Don’t Say Gay,”…

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