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Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US: study

CHICAGO – Membership in anti-government extremist groups continues to explode in the United States amid frustration over the lagging economy and the “mainstreaming of conspiracy theories,” a study released Wednesday found. After nearly tripling in 2009 in the wake of the election of the nation’s first black president, anti-government ‘patriot’…

US beauty queen has crown, but no home

LOS ANGELES – A US beauty queen has become the latest victim of the economic downturn — she is homeless and faces losing her day job, months before vying to be crowned Miss USA. Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith and her mother have been living with a family friend since…

Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona’s tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state. The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local…

Indiana passes Arizona-like immigration measures

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona’s tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state. The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local…

Spokesman: Obama still ‘grappling’ with personal view on gay marriage

White House press secretary Jay Carney explained Wednesday that while the Justice Department would no longer defend parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, President Barack Obama was still “grappling” with his views on gay marriage. This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast Feb. 23, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad…

Fox News pundit suggests President ‘Mubarak Obama’ a dictator

Fox News employee Monica Crowley was so bent out of shape by President Barack Obama’s decision to no longer defend parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that she suggested he was a dictator. “To me, it’ s a form of dictatorship,” she said “That’s Mubarak Obama. You cannot…

California gay marriage supporters seek sooner weddings

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Gay marriage supporters asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to allow an order lifting California’s gay marriage ban to take effect right away, according to a court filing. Last year a U.S. District judge found California’s gay marriage ban, otherwise known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional.…

Somali pirates kill four Americans

In a shootout between the US Navy and the Somali pirates who took four American civilians hostage, the pirates killed all four Americans. This video is from CBS, broadcast February 22, 2011.…

Wisconsin Dems remain in hiding to prevent vote on legislation

19 Republican senators returned to work yesterday in Madison, while the 14 Democratic Senate leaders remain AWOL in efforts to prevent a vote on the anti-union legislation. CBS talks to seven of the Democratic Senators at an undisclosed location in Illinois. This video is from CBS, broadcast February 22, 2011.…

MLB’s first female practice pitcher

Justine Siegal, a Cleveland Hts. native, is the first woman to throw batting practice to a major league baseball team. This video is from ABC News, broadcast February 22, 2011.…

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