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Bill Bennett: Hitchens ‘in for a big surprise’

Only hours after noted author Christopher Hitchens died of cancer, several of his famous Christian friends were declaring that the atheist would finally know that God is real. “He was left, I was right, but we had great debates, great drinking bouts,” conservative radio host Bill Bennett said on CBS…

Ohio landlord claims ‘White Only’ pool sign is ‘historical’

A white Ohio landlord is calling on a state civil rights commission to reconsider its ruling that she discriminated against a black girl when she posted a “White Only” sign at the pool of one of her Cincinnati properties. “I’m not a bad person,” Jamie Hein told ABC News Thursday.…

BP gets $250 million from Gulf of Mexico subcontractor

British energy giant BP said on Friday it will receive $250 million (£161 million) from a subcontractor on the Gulf of Mexico oil well which blew out last year, using the money to cover its massive clean-up costs. BP said it reached agreement with Cameron International Corp., the designer and…

SC Gov. Nikki Haley endorses Mitt Romney

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) announced Friday that she was backing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Today is the day that I’m throwing all of my support behind Mitt Romney for president,” the tea party favorite governor declared in an interview on Fox News. Haley’s endorsement comes at a…

Study finds death penalty use in decline

(Reuters) – Use of the death penalty has fallen to its lowest level since capital punishment was reinstated in the United States in 1976, according to a report released on Thursday by a nonprofit that tracks death penalty data. The Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center reported a 75 percent drop…

Wisconsin drive to force Scott Walker recall vote nears goal

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Opponents of Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker said on Thursday they have collected 94 percent of the signatures necessary to force him into a recall election next year. The group United Wisconsin, which opposes restrictions on public sector unions signed into law by Walker earlier this year,…

Keystone pipeline project has Montana approval, governor says

(Reuters) – Montana has given final approval to the controversial Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though the project still faces obstacles with the federal government and Nebraska, the governor said on Thursday. Governor Brian Schweitzer told Reuters that an important component of the project for Montana is an “on-ramp”…

DOJ says Arizona’s ‘Sheriff Joe’ violated civil rights laws

WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Dec 15 (Reuters) – An Arizona sheriff and his deputies violated U.S. civil rights laws by engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in their bid to crack down on illegal immigrants, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies regularly…

Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

Iraq took control of the last American military base in the country on Friday, a day after US forces marked the end of their mission, bringing a divisive war to a low-key conclusion. The transfer of the sprawling installation on the outskirts of the southern city of Nasiriyah is a…

Congress votes to boost National Guard role

Lawmakers voted to elevate the head of the National Guard to a seat on the military’s top council, granting unprecedented status to the country’s part-time militia. The proposed change was strongly opposed by all the chiefs of the armed services and the Pentagon’s civilian leadership, who voiced concerns about creating…

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