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Santorum: Gays already have enough rights

Likely Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday that LGBT people don’t deserve equal rights. “You opposed gay marriage,” Wallace noted. “I did,” Santorum agreed. “You oppose civil unions, you want to reinstate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Do you think gays have…

Clear economic victory eludes Obama as vote nears

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama does not yet know the identity of his 2012 Republican challenger, but his toughest reelection challenge could be to convince voters the economy is in steady hands. In the two years since Obama took office, the US economy has improved dramatically. Growth has swung from…

Company owner hoping for “miracle” with trapped Idaho miner

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – The head of the company that owns the Idaho silver mine where a worker has been trapped underground for eight days said he still hopes rescuers will bring the miner safely home to his family. “We have not given up hope,” Phil Baker, the president and…

Ted Stevens memorial holiday established in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The last Saturday of July will now be known in Alaska as “Ted Stevens Day,” under a new law that memorializes the nation’s longest-serving Republican senator, who died last year in a plane crash. The bill was signed on Friday by Governor Sean Parnell, a Republican,…

St. Louis airport closed, digging out after tornado strike

(Reuters) – Crews worked on Saturday to get St. Louis’ tornado-battered airport ready to reopen after it was hit by a roaring storm that also damaged hundreds of houses, tossed cars and knocked out power. Several injuries were reported but no fatalities. A preliminary count showed at least 750 homes…

Lady Gaga is godmother to Elton John’s son

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – British music superstar Elton John has revealed that he and his partner have chosen pop diva Lady Gaga to be their baby boy’s godmother, as he spoke of his joy at being a father. “Yes, yes she is,” John told ABC’s Babara Walters when she asked…

NY allows conjugal visits for inmates in same-sex marriages

The New York state prison system recently changed its regulations to allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions conjugal visits from their partners, as well as a tweak that will allow inmates to visit their partners if they are terminally ill. On the heels of last week’s unprecedented, massive…

Koran-burning Florida pastor vows to return to protest after ban

DETROIT (Reuters) – The controversial Florida pastor banned from protesting near a Detroit-area mosque says he plans to return next week for a protest aimed at the court that found him to be a risk to public safety. Terry Jones, 59, said he would return to Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday and lead a…

Only 6 percent of Americans really care about the royal wedding

With just under a week to go until Kate Middleton and Prince William wed, news of the royal nuptials is inescapable. The dress, the (lack of) the ring, the guests, the security — it’s all getting coverage. Here’s one surprising piece of royal-wedding-related news, however: Only six percent of Americans…

Obama: No magic bullet to push down gas prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday there is no “magic bullet” to bring down high gasoline prices and said he wants to end what he called $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies. Obama is feeling the heat from gasoline prices that are about $4 a gallon…

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