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Study: Pharmacies often deny access to morning-after pill

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may want to rethink her decision to keep age restrictions on emergency contraception after recently released research indicated that many women are being illegally denied the medication. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Margaret Hamburg had told reporters that she backed…

Gingrich gets unwanted backing of adultery website

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich trumpeted theendorsement of an influential archconservative leader on Tuesday, but he also scored the backing of a pro-adultery website. The site — www.ashleymadison.com, which dubs itself “the most recognized name in infidelity” — announced its support for the thrice-married former House speaker on a billboard. A picture of…

Pentagon plays down remarks by Panetta on Iran

The Pentagon on Tuesday sought to play down remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who has suggested Iran’s nuclear program could be on a faster track than previously suspected. In an interview with CBS News, Panetta said Iran could have anuclear weapon in a year or possibly sooner and that the timeline might be…

Anti-gay leaders endorse Santorum: ‘He’s one of us’

Leaders of an anti-gay conservative Christian organization on Tuesday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum ahead the upcoming Iowa caucuses. The Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said that while his organization would not endorse a candidate at this time, he could personally Santorum because the former Pennsylvania senator was…

Homeless New Jersey man beaten then wished ‘Merry Christmas!’ on video

A 20-year-old and a 17-year-old have been arrested in New Jersey after they allegedly posted videos on YouTube of themselves beating and kicking a homeless man. Taylor Giresi, 20, allegedly beat the homeless man in a wooded area of Wall Township as an unidentified 17-year-old cameraman cheered him on, according…

Congress ending 2011 with worst approval rating ever

In his biography of American iconoclast Mark Twain, Albert Bigelow Paine quotes the noted author referring to the U.S. Congress in a less-than-congenial manner: “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself,” he famously said. No matter how much times have…

Ron Paul: People call me racist because my ‘policies are winning’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul became visibly irritated during a CNN interview on Tuesday after he was asked to explain 20-year-old racist newsletters that were written in his name, and have recently resurfaced. “His newsletter, which he wrote and edited for years, was a constant organ of vile racism and…

Gingrich accused of illegally profiting off campaign

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich became the target on Monday of a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint filed by the non-profit watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which accused the Georgia Republican of illegally profiting off his campaign. The complaint is based on a revelation by…

Deadly blizzard strands motorists in Southwest, Plains

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A blizzard shut down highways in New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas on Monday, stranding motorists and causing dozens of wrecks including a prison van in which two people died, authorities said. The storm moved into southwest Kansas on Monday evening,…

Teen gets 21 years in prison for slaying of gay student

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California teen was sentenced to 21 years in jail on Monday for shooting to death a 15-year-old gay middle school classmate who he said made unwanted sexual advances. The sentencing of Brandon McInerney, the result of a plea deal with Ventura County prosecutors, brings to…

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