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Nevada judge blocks ‘excessively broad’ personhood petition

A Nevada judge ruled Wednesday that an anti-abortion petition is so vague that backers may not even circulate it among voters. In granting an injunction against Personhood Nevada, District Judge James Wilson said that the attempt to define the meaning of a “person” in the state’s Constitution was “excessively broad.”…

Another presumed John Wayne Gacy victim turns up alive

When Ted Szal disappeared in Chicago 35 years ago, his family assumed that he had fallen victim to serial killer John Wayne Gacy. But Szal’s family got an early Christmas gift this year when they learned that he had been alive all this time and living in a suburb of…

McCain gets mad at Obama for Christmas shopping

Why does Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hate Christmas? The Arizona senator slammed President Barack Obama on Thursday for buying Christmas gifts for his daughters instead of meeting with the House Republicans who are refusing to pass a payroll tax cut extension. “The four previous presidents I served under, including President…

Sensenbrenner will apologize to First Lady for ‘large posterior’ remark

FishbowlDC reports that an aide to Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has stated that the Congressman will be contacting the office of First Lady Michelle Obama to apologize for a remark he made regarding what he alleged was Obama’s “large posterior.” Yesterday, Sensenbrenner was overheard speaking loudly into his cell phone…

Man dressed as Santa rescues driver from burning vehicle

DALLAS (Reuters) – A former volunteer firefighter in a Santa suit grabbed a man from a burning vehicle and then directed traffic around a two-vehicle traffic accident this week in the Dallas area, the Santa-clad man said on Wednesday. Brad Luddeke received worldwide attention after photos shot by passersby of…

U.S. probe cites mistakes in deadly Pakistan air strike: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military investigation has found American and Afghan commandos wrongly concluded there were no Pakistani forces in a border area where an air strike killed 24 Pakistani troops last month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The investigation, due to be presented to U.S. defense…

Bullying troops charged in death of fellow soldier

KABUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – - The U.S. Army has charged eight soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in the death of Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese-American who was bullied and taunted by fellow troops over his heritage. Chen was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself,…

Ohio bans abortion funding in health insurance exchanges

(Reuters) – Republican Governor John Kasich on Wednesday signed into law a measure that prohibits abortion coverage under the insurance exchange Ohio must create to comply with the U.S. healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama. The law bans Ohio citizens from being able to purchase insurance through the exchange…

Sandusky case triggers jump in U.S. abuse calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Child molestation charges against a former Penn State football coach have sparked an unprecedented awareness of sexual abuse marked by a sharp upturn in calls to abuse hotlines and lawyers, attorneys and counselors said on Wednesday. More allegations of sexual abuse and a growing number of lawsuits…

Chinese scientist gets 7 years for stealing corporate secrets

A Chinese scientist was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for stealing trade secrets of major US agribusiness firms to benefit China. Huang Kexue, 46, stole secrets on organic insecticides from Dow AgroSciences, where he worked from 2003-2008, and handed them over to research students at or linked…

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