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Ohio takes child from parents for being too fat

It’s almost like a scene from a distopic novella: Authorities in Ohio last week determined that an overweight 8-year-old boy was simply too fat, so they took him away from his parents. Officials told the Cleveland Heights family that they were not controlling his weight well enough. The boy was…

Kansas LGBT activists seek to repeal sodomy law

The Kansas Equality Coalition, an LGBT advocacy group, hopes to pressure Gov. Sam Brownback (R) into repealing a state law that prohibits people of the same sex from engaging in intercourse. “We believe that the current statute, while ultimately unenforceable, is an affront to thousands of law-abiding gay and lesbian…

Kyl denies Norquist ‘cowed’ him into sabotaging the super committee

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) insists that he wasn’t pressured by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist into sabotaging a deal to lower the U.S. budget deficit. After Kyl indicated that he was open to a super committee deal that would raise revenues as well as cut spending, Politico reported that Norquist…

Cain says TSA profiling isn’t like ‘driving while black’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain insisted Sunday that allowing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to profile airline passengers was different than “driving while black.” During a CNN debate earlier this month, Cain proposed a policy which he called “targeted identification” to find terrorists at airports, something most people call racial…

Huntsman: ‘Not running’ from support of in-state tuition for immigrants

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Sunday that he was “not running” his past support for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. Both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have recently been hit with criticism for policies that could benefit immigrants. During a September debate for the…

U.S. to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq next year

BAGHDAD — The United States is to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq in 2012 even though its forces are to withdraw from the country by the end of this year, US ambassador James Jeffrey said on Sunday. US President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that the last…

New Hampshire newspaper backs Gingrich

WASHINGTON — The largest newspaper in the pivotal US election state of New Hampshire on Sunday endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination. Rebuffing longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney, who once served as governor in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, the editors at the New Hampshire Union…

Capital punishment slowly loses ground in U.S.

WASHINGTON — With a new moratorium on the death penalty in Oregon and a drop in the number of death sentences and executions, capital punishment is slowly losing ground in the United States. Oregon governor John Fitzhaber announced on Tuesday that the northwestern state will halt executions at least until…

Gary Johnson mulls third-party run

Disgruntled former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson says he is considering leaving the Republican slate and running as a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. “I feel abandoned by the Republican Party,” Johnson, who has been left out of most of the Republican debates, told the Sante Fe New…

Black Friday sales estimated to break records

US retail sales on Black Friday hit a new record for the start of the holiday shopping season that follows Thanksgiving, according to early estimates published Saturday. Sales hit $11.4 billion, up 6.6 percent compared to last year, and the biggest dollar amount ever spent on Black Friday, Chicago-based research…

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