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Family says ‘anti-sissy’ therapy led to suicide

In interviews that aired on CNN Tuesday and Wednesday, Kirk Murphy’s family said that experiments designed to make him more masculine led to his suicide. In the 1970s, at the age of five, Murphy’s parents took him to see then-UCLA doctoral student George A. Rekers out of concern that he…

Report: Rudy Giuliani running for president in 2012

WASHINGTON – It remains unofficial, but former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is poised to run for president in 2012, according to Weekly Standard editor William Kristol. Kristol, a neoconservative commentator who’s well connected in Republican circles, reported in a post titled “Rudy’s Running“: “I’m told by two reliable…

Santorum hopes Google will do something about ‘filth on the Internet’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum hopes that Google will do something to disassociate his name with with a sex act. The top search results on the worlds most popular Internet search engine conflates the former senator’s name with anal sex. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd talked to Santorum about his “Google issue”…

Arizona’s second biggest fire ever now threatens New Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A huge fire that has destroyed hundreds of miles of forest land in Arizona now is threatening to cross into neighboring New Mexico, authorities said. Thousands of firefighters have been battling the blaze, dubbed the Wallow Fire, the second biggest in the history of Arizona. The…

Delta retreats over U.S. military bag allowance

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US airline Delta knows when to sound the retreat. The Atlanta-based carrier this week swiftly revised its baggage allowance for US servicemen after soldiers returning home from Afghanistan posted a video on YouTube about having to pay $2,800 from their own pockets in baggage fees. In the…

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski agrees to remove Fairness Doctrine from rulebook

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Monday he will strike the Fairness Doctrine from the agency’s rulebook under pressure from House Republicans. “I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been…

Chris Matthews: Is Rep. Anthony Weiner’s head screwed on? Is he suicidal?

While discussing the so-called “Weinergate” scandal with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and liberal analyst Eugene Robinson, MSNBC host Chris Matthews wondered if Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) had “his head screwed on.” “It seems like a person who is not just a risk-taker but is compelled to almost put his…

Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard to recount 18-year ordeal on ABC TV

LOS ANGELES — A California woman kidnapped as a girl and repeatedly raped is to give her first media interview about her 18-year ordeal, ABC television said a week after her abductors were jailed. Jaycee Dugard, who was 11 when she was seized and kept in a back yard compound…

Congress no closer to raising federal debt limit despite warnings

WASHINGTON — Warnings that the United States is playing chicken with a debt default came thick and fast Wednesday, but in Washington politicians appeared no closer to avoiding the unthinkable. As Fitch became the latest ratings agency to warn the US credit score could soon be downgraded, Republicans and Democrats…

Blackwater sued for allegedly failing to pay benefits

WASHINGTON — Four former employees of Blackwater, the scandal-plagued security firm now called Xe, have filed a $60 million class action lawsuit claiming the firm failed to pay health and pension benefits to its employees. Their lawyer, Scott Bloch, said Wednesday that Xe improperly classified thousands of its employees as…

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