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Pawlenty announces presidential run, campaign denies it

WASHINGTON – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, announced Tuesday he was making a 2012 run for the White House, though his campaign later downplayed the move. “I’m running for president,” Pawlenty told CNN in an interview to air later Tuesday. “I’m not putting my hat in the ring…

California teachers plan Wisconsin-style protests

Teachers in California are planning statewide protests to pressure the state Legislature to pass tax extensions to prevent deeper cuts to schools, colleges and other essential public services. The California Teachers Association (CTA) has dubbed the event “State of Emergency” and plans to hold a week long sit-in at the…

Right-wing group warns gays will skip ‘hand in hand’ to adopt boys ‘for themselves’

The 30-year-old conservative group Public Advocate of the United States implied that homosexual men were child abusers in a fundraising email asking for donations to help fight against a revision to Virginia’s adoption rules. “The thought of it sickens the soul,” the group’s founder, Eugene Delgaudio, wrote. “Practicing Homosexuals skipping…

Up to 10 bodies linked to New York serial killer

NEW YORK — New York police stepped up the hunt Tuesday for a suspected serial killer after a human skull and bones, potential ninth and 10th victims, were found in separate locations on Long Island. Police began investigating the so-called “Craigslist Ripper” in December after the remains of four prostitutes,…

American being held in North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US State Department said Tuesday that an American is being held in North Korea and called for the person’s release on humanitarian grounds. Swedish officials, who represent the United States in the absence of diplomatic ties between Pyongyang and Washington, “have been able to visit” the…

Body of US tsunami victim found on beach

LOS ANGELES – The body of a US man swept away by Japan’s tsunami when it hit California has been found on a beach, officials said Tuesday, a month after the disaster. The corpse of Dustin Douglas Weber, who disappeared when waves from the March 11 quake and tsunami hit…

U.S. senators introduce online privacy ‘bill of rights’

WASHINGTON — US senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced an online privacy bill Tuesday that seeks to strike a balance between protecting the personal information of Web users and the needs of businesses to conduct electronic commerce. The former Democratic and Republican presidential candidates said the bipartisan legislation would…

Madison activists push resolution to deny constitutional rights to corporations

Wisconsin activists are promoting a symbolic resolution in the city of Madison to build support for the belief that corporations don’t deserve constitutional rights like people. “Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights,” reads the terse resolution offered by the group Move To Amend. “Money is not…

Catholic group claims children raped by priests were ‘homosexual’ participants, not victims

The anti-gay Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is going on the attack against “those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse.” The group bought an expensive full-page ad in The New York Times Monday that places the blames for the church’s scandals on “homosexuality, not pedophilia.”…

Bachmann wants to prohibit judges from enforcing equal protections

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wants to completely strip judges of the ability to rule on the legality of same sex marriage. “Something else that we can do to reinforce our pro-marriage, pro-life, pro-family agenda is to limit the subject-matter jurisdiction of the courts,” Bachmann said during a Monday speech in…

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