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Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized

WASHINGTON — Reverend Billy Graham was hospitalized Wednesday for possible pneumonia, the facility treating the 93-year-old internationally renowned evangelist said. “He was admitted this afternoon,” a spokeswoman for Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina told AFP. The hospital said in a statement that he was undergoing “evaluation and treatment of…

Tea Party support falling in U.S.: poll

WASHINGTON — Support for the conservative Tea Party is slipping across America, even in areas that a year ago swept the movement’s first lawmakers to power in a devastating blow for Democrats, a new poll says. And in a worrying sign for Republicans ahead of the November 2012 elections, the…

Ronald Reagan shooter seeks more time out of jail

WASHINGTON — The gunman who tried to assassinate president Ronald Reagan in March 1981 appealed on Wednesday to be allowed more time outside the psychiatric hospital where he has held for nearly 30 years. John Hinckley, 56, “won’t be a danger to himself and to others,” his attorney Barry Levine…

Palin fans urge her to get into 2012 race

CHICAGO — Fans of conservative darling Sarah Palin urged the former Alaska governor to jump into the race for the White House Wednesday, running a small ad on a local station in the key electoral state of Iowa. The ad comes as the Republican field remains unsettled just over a…

Mayor Bloomberg calls the NYPD ‘my own army’

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said the New York Police Department was like his own personal military force during a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to PolitickerNY. “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” he said.…

Cain: ‘Stupid people are ruining America’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain complained Wednesday that idiots are destroying the country. “Here’s what I need you to do,” Cain told a crowd of supporters in Dayton, Ohio. “Stay informed, know the facts because stupid people are ruining America.” “They are,” he added. “We just have to out-vote them.”…

Kentucky church bans interracial couples

A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville,…

First lawsuit filed against former Penn State coach Sandusky

A 29-year-old man has filed the first lawsuit against former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. The man, identified as “John Doe A,” is alleges that Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times while he was a minor. The victim…

Private sector posts biggest job growth in nearly a year

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Private sector job growth accelerated in November as employers created the most jobs in nearly a year, prompting some economists to raise their forecasts for Friday’s more comprehensive government labor report. The beleaguered housing market also showed some unexpected cheer as pending home sales surged in…

Perry to federal workers: ‘Share my vision’ or get punished

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is so serious about changing the way Washington does business that he is vowing to retaliate against any federal worker who doesn’t share his philosophy. At a campaign event in New Hampshire Tuesday, the Texas governor told supporters that he would reassign civil service workers…

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