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Turtles pose problem for Arkansas rice farmers

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – After facing a spring of harsh weather, rice farmers in Arkansas, the nation’s top rice-producing state, have a new worry — turtles. Recent flooding in southern and eastern Arkansas has displaced turtles from their normal habitat in the canals, swamps and low-lying areas near the…

NYPD officer pulls over biker for wearing a skirt while cycling

A Dutch tourist was stopped by a police officer in downtown New York City for showing too much skin, the New York Daily News reported. Jasmijn Rijcken, 31, was pulled over on her bike and told she was a dangerous distraction to drivers because she was bicycling while wearing a…

Reps. Hoyer and Ryan reach across aisle, agree on scandal

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) don’t often agree on political issues, but on Sunday morning’s “Face the Nation,” the united on one issue: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) must resign in the face of scandal. “Well, forcing him out will require a process but this is bizarre,…

Liberal U.S. Catholics say the Church isn’t listening

DETROIT (Reuters) – Members of a liberal group of U.S. Roman Catholics on Sunday called on Church leaders to open talks with their members on controversies ranging from the ordination of women to allowing priests to marry. Members of the American Catholic Council, meeting in Detroit, said they had grown…

Anti-abortion efforts stumble on obstacle of their own making

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Henry Hyde, a champion of the anti-abortion movement, might turn over in his grave if he knew that a provision of law he authored was an obstacle to individual states banning abortion. The Hyde Amendment, named for the Illinois Republican who served in Congress for 32…

Congressman Kucinich decries assassination attempts on Libyan dictator Gaddafi

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold NATO responsible for any violations of international law amid reports that Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target in NATO’s ongoing operations. “Just as the President has written himself a blank check to go to war…

Wasserman Schultz calls out RNC chairman for sex scandal ‘double standard’

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus of hypocrisy Sunday after he called for the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), while remaining silent on the sex scandals of Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV). “What Reince is saying doesn’t…

Jon Huntsman close to announcing presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Ex-US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said on Sunday he is close to throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, distancing himself from former boss Barack Obama. “We’re about a week and a half out,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, adding “we’re…

Mitt Romney under attack for ‘Obamneycare’

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney came under attack Sunday from rival Tim Pawlenty as the inspiration for US President Barack Obama’s “Obamneycare” health care program. Romney has rejected the national program passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, arguing it was fundamentally different from the state program he created as governor…

Santorum: All abortion doctors should be ‘criminally charged’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday that all abortions should be illegal without exceptions for rape or incest. “Do you believe there should be legal exceptions for rape and incest when it comes to abortion?” NBC’s David Gregory asked Santorum. “I believe that life begins at conception and that…

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