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Oklahoma-born Muslim fights hate with country music

Kareem Salama, an American Muslim born in the U.S. to parents who emigrated from Egypt, is not like most country music stars. Yes, you read right: He’s a country music star … From Oklahoma, no less. Salama has also been on a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Middle East, sharing…

Two-drug obesity therapy finds success in initial study

PARIS (AFP) – A new treatment for obesity that combines two existing drugs resulted in twice as much weight loss as the only approved long-term anti-obesity medication, according to a study released Monday. A mix of Phentermine and topiramate, sold under the brand name of Topamax, was shown in clinical…

Brooklyn man opens UFO sighting hotline

Immigration has long been a national concern, but the immigrants Joe Capp is concerned about aren’t coming from another continent — they’re coming from space. While some worry about so-called illegal aliens, Capp worries about aliens. Capp, a 68-year-old Brooklynite, started a 24-hour UFO sighting hotline in February, he told…

Shooting in Philly suburb leaves two dead, eight wounded

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Gunfire at a party on Friday night in a Philadelphia suburb has left a second person dead and eight people wounded, authorities said on Sunday. The shooting occurred just before midnight on Friday in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles outside Philadelphia. Authorities had said on Saturday they had…

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down law barring same sex couples from adopting

Supporters of an Arkansas law that prevented unmarried same sex and straight couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents may seek a constitutional amendment to reinstate it after the state’s Supreme Court ruled the ban was unconstitutional. The Court ruled Thursday that Act One, the Arkansas Adoption and Foster…

Pence still attacking Planned Parenthood, says budget deal ‘not good enough’

Tea party favorite Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) said Sunday that he was unlikely to support the new budget deal because it doesn’t strip all funds for Planned Parenthood. The last-minute deal between House Republicans and Democrats aimed to slash over $38 billion from government spending levels. Pence argued on ABC’s…

Experts: Wisconsin only ‘Republican broke’

According to The Wisconsin State Journal some economists allege that Governor Scott Walker’s budget crisis is a fabrication invented out of whole cloth and predicated on a series of tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. Walker has repeatedly asserted that the state is “broke”, but using the word “broke”…

Cantor claims Social Security and Medicare ‘aren’t going to be there’ when he retires

It may just be wishful thinking. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed Sunday that he didn’t expect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare to be around when he retires. “What we [House Republicans] have said is this: We’ll protect today’s seniors and those nearing retirement, but for the rest of…

Donald Trump: Media made ‘birther’ a negative word

Billionaire real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump blamed the media Sunday for marginalizing those who do not believe President Barack Obama was born in the United States. “It’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you,” Trump, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said on CNN’s State…

White House dismisses ‘sideshow’ Trump

WASHINGTON – The White House dismissed Donald Trump as a “sideshow” on Sunday and said there was no way the billionaire businessman would be “hired” by the American people as president in 2012. Trump, renowned for his New York bluster, is considering a tilt at the White House and according…

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