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Perry: ‘Every human being is entitled to life’

Appearing at the Values Voter Summit Friday in Washington, D.C., Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, who has presided over 234 executions during his time as governor of Texas, declared “every human being is entitled to life.” “There are millions of Americans that are born into less than ideal circumstances,” Perry…

Mysterious virus infects America’s drone aircraft

An unknown virus has infected the control systems for the U.S. military’s fleet of Predator and Reaper drones, an exclusive report filed by Wired‘s Noah Shachtman revealed on Friday. While officials aren’t quite sure where the virus came from, it could be something as simple as common malware that’s lingered on…

Ex-CIA chief acknowledges open secret — drones

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday acknowledged what has long been an open secret — that the CIA deploys armed Predator drones to hunt down Islamist militants. The US government officially declines to admit to the spy agency’s drone strikes, but Panetta — who served as Central Intelligence Agency…

Tennessee woman released after 25 years on death row

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – A Tennessee woman who sat on death row for a quarter-century for the killing of her husband was released from custody on Friday. Gaile Owens, 58, was greeted by a small group of friends and family when she was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women.…

Americans seethe as banks hit them with new fees

(Reuters) – Smoking outside a Bank of America branch in Chicago, restaurant worker Mike Dysangco complained about the “totally ridiculous” new banking fees. “The economy is not the greatest and they come up with these fees? Do you want our business or not?” asked the waiter who has an account…

Romney: God wants America to lead

Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared Friday that God created America to lead the world, and accused President Barack Obama of deliberately weakening his nation. Romney sought to bolster his credentials to serve as commander-in-chief as new polls showed him back at the top of the Republican field and…

Forget 9-9-9, Santorum unveils 0-0-0 tax plan

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has fellow candidate Herman Cain’s number. At campaign stops across the country, Cain has been touting his “9-9-9″ tax plan. It calls for throwing out all existing tax policies and replacing them with a nine percent business flat tax, a nine percent individual flat tax,…

America slims down: more people have ‘normal’ BMI than ‘overweight’

For the first time in three years, the percentage of Americans falling into the “healthy weight” BMI range outnumbers the percentage in the “overweight” BMI range, according to new Gallup poll results. Overweight people in the 25 to 29.9 BMI range make up 35.8 percent of the population, while 36.6…

California pot shops ordered to shut down within 45 days

The Obama administration is finally cracking down on the medical marijuana industry, in a big way. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords this week, U.S. Attorneys threatened to swoop in and seize the properties if they don’t close up shop within 45 days. The Associated…

Dems carve notch in Senate’s filibuster rules

An arcane filibuster tactic has been eliminated from the U.S. Senate, after a vote to change the rules called by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) succeeded last night. It all started as a relatively minor, even common dispute between Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell had…

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