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Peanut-free sections in baseball stadiums welcome allergic fans

BOSTON (Reuters) – For five hours before a Missoula Osprey minor league baseball game last summer, Cheri Pijanowski hand washed 150 white folding chairs with bleach and water. The metal deck and rails around the seats were power-washed and she meticulously reviewed the concession menu to eliminate not just Cracker…

Blagojevich jury has verdict, deadlocked on two counts: attorney

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The jury in the second corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said on Monday it had reached a verdict on 18 of 20 counts, the court clerk and spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said. The verdict will be announced between 1 and 2 p.m.…

Pat Robertson warns God will destroy America over same sex marriage

Television evangelist Pat Robertson responded to New York’s decision to legalize same sex marriage by warning Monday that the result would be America’s destruction. “I think we need to remember the term sodomy came from a town known as Sodom and Sodom was destroyed by God Almighty and the thing…

Supreme Court rejects Abu Ghraib detainees’ abuse appeal

The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal from former detainees at Abu Ghraib, the Baghdad prison U.S. military forces shared use of with the Iraqi government between 2003 and 2006. The detainees wanted to sue U.S. contractors for abuse in interrogation situations, Politico reported. The plaintiffs, Iraqis who had been…

Rising waters puncture Nebraska nuke plant’s flood barrier

Nuclear regulators continue to insist there is no danger posed by a Nebraska nuke facility that had to switch to emergency generators to power reactor coolant tanks after flood waters from the Missouri river punctured a barrier and rushed into the plant. The facility has been in shutdown since April…

Firefighters save tiny kitten from pipe

Firefighters in Redding, Calif. saved a tiny, yowling 4-week-old kitten from a pipe it had crawled into and gotten stuck in. After a bath and a check-up, the kitten was deemed ready for adoption, the Associated Press reported. The firefighters named the kitten Piper, and it was adopted by a…

Supreme Court: Violent video games may be sold to children

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a proposed California law that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 ruling, both liberal and conservative justices agreed that the video games qualify for First Amendment protections. “Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded…

Seattle city attorney: Legalizing pot to make communities ‘safer’

A new group of former and current officials has formed in Seattle, Washington encourage the U.S. Congress to legalize marijuana. At a press conference last week, Pete Holmes, the sitting city attorney in Seattle, was joined by former U.S. Attorney John McKay and representatives with the American Civil Liberties Union…

Bachmann officially announces 2012 presidential bid

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann officially declared Monday that she was running for the Republican presidential nomination. “My name is Michele Bachmann. I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said. “I do so…

Supreme Court upends taxpayer-funded campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that “triggers” public funding of elections in Arizona in the event of a candidate being heavily outspent by an opponent awash with private funds. The vote was split 5-4, with the conservative majority ultimately winning out. The ruling declared public…

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