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Bachmann calls out Perry for taking money from HPV vaccine company

During the CNN Tea Party Express debate Monday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann went after fellow candidate Rick Perry for taking campaign contributions from Merck, a company that sells the HPV vaccines that he had, as the governor of Texas, tried to mandate for all young girls in the state.…

Michael Jordan slapped with fine

NEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has slapped Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan with a $100,000 fine for comments about the league’s labour dispute, ESPN reported Monday. The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the collective bargaining process. League spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty but declined to…

U.S. universities hit with copyright infringement suit

NEW YORK — The Authors Guild and writers from Australia, Britain and Canada filed a copyright infringement suit Monday against five US universities and the HathiTrust digital library project. The complaint submitted in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York claims the universities obtained unauthorized scans…

Former Sen. Bob Graham calls for new 9/11 investigation

Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham on Monday called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation into 9/11 after a report found that links between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers were never disclosed by the FBI to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks. “In the final report…

North Carolina House passes same sex marriage ban

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The Republican-controlled House passed the proposed amendment in a 75 to 42 vote on Monday after a three-hour debate. If the state Senate also…

Fish oil may hinder chemotherapy: study

WASHINGTON — Fatty acids found in fish oil supplements may block chemotherapy from attacking tumors and patients should stop taking them, said a study by Dutch researchers on Monday. Fish oil supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are sold worldwide, and are touted by manufacturers as a way to…

Senators seek to force fighter sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Two US senators introduced legislation on Monday demanding President Barack Obama sell Taiwan no fewer than 66 advanced F-16 fighter jets despite Beijing’s fierce objections. “This sale is a win-win, in strengthening the national security of our friend Taiwan as well as our own, and supporting tens of…

Three Pakistanis plead guilty to U.S. terror charges

WASHINGTON — Three Pakistani nationals pleaded guilty before a US court Monday to terrorism-related charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban, Justice Department officials said. At a hearing before US District Judge John Bates in Washington, the three — Irfan Ul Haq, 37; Qasim Ali, 32; and Zahid Yousaf, 43 —…

Arizona ‘Goddess Temple’ members arrested for prostitution

PHOENIX, Arizona — Police in Arizona have arrested 20 members of an American group called the “Goddess Temple” for allegedly offering sexual services online under the guise of religious healing. Officers went undercover and are working to track down another 17 suspects, said Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos, with more…

Chamber of Commerce radio ad targets Obama’s ‘radical pro-union agenda’

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a radio advertisement on Monday attacking what it called the Obama administration’s “aggressive and radical pro-union agenda.” The ad will air on radio stations in Florida, Missouri, Montana, and Virginia. It takes aim at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Department…

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