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Playboy Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old fiancee changes mind about marriage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Heartbroken Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said on Tuesday his wedding this weekend was canceled because his 25-year-old fiancee, a Playmate from his magazine, changed her mind. Hefner, 85, and Crystal Harris were due to tie the knot in front of more than 300 guests at the…

Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” after a Dane County judge blocked the law from being implemented in May. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a Senate committee did not violate Wisconsin’s open meetings law when…

Miracle-Gro hopes to expand into medical marijuana market

As growth slows, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is looking to the expanding medical marijuana industry as a new source of revenue. Scotts’ Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn told the Wall Street Journal that he is exploring medical marijuana and other niche markets to help boost sales. The company currently relies on…

Stricter regulation of formaldehyde remains uncertain despite classification as a carcinogen

Late last week, the Department of Health and Human Services classified formaldehyde as “a known carcinogen,” adding its verdict to two similar reports released by key agencies since 2009. But despite the growing scientific consensus about how formaldehyde can affect human health, it remains to be seen if the studies…

Ex-Blackwater guard sentenced to 37 months for Afghan’s death

WASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security guard was sentenced to three years and one month in prison Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter in a Kabul shooting in 2009, the US Justice Department announced. Christopher Drotleff, 31, and Justin Cannon, 29, another former Blackwater employee, were convicted in March of involuntary manslaughter…

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for same sex marriage vote

NEW YORK – New York could vote within days on a bill making the state the sixth in the country to allow gay marriage, officials said. Same-sex nups have previously failed to pass in New York but newly-elected Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is championing the measure and on Tuesday submitted…

Maine lawmakers defeat attempt to repeal transgender protections

The Maine legislature has voted against legislation to take away existing protections for transgender people when accessing appropriate public restrooms and other facilities by repealing part of the Maine Human Rights Act. The Maine House of Representatives on June 7 voted 81 to 61 against “An Act to Amend the…

Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on Proposition 8

A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday upheld retired Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruling on California’s Proposition 8, after supporters of the measure accused Walker of being prejudiced in the case. Sponsors of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same sex marriage, argued that Walker should have been disqualified…

Boehner warns Obama of violating War Powers Act in Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top critic in the US Congress pressed him on Tuesday to explain in detail why he has not sought lawmakers’ formal approval for operations in Libya as required under US law. Republican US House Speaker John Boehner warned Obama in a letter that the administration…

Senate rejects Coburn bill to repeal ethanol subsidies

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 59-40, the Senate on Tuesday afternoon struck down a measure to roll back $6 billion in federal ethanol subsidies. S.1057, dubbed the “Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act,” would have repealed a 45-cents per gallon tax credit for ethanol blended into gasoline as well…

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