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Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state — and the most populous — to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure that would make gay marriage legal, introduced by Governor Andrew…

U.S. ambassador warns Karzai over criticism of West

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Kabul has issued a thinly veiled warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that harsh criticisms of the West could jeopardize the troops and funding critical to the Afghan government’s survival. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said he found comments from “some” Afghan leaders “hurtful and…

Corporation names to become the new dot coms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – good.food, learnto.salsa, glossy.lipstick — people and companies will be able to set up a website with almost any address by the end of next year if they have a legitimate claim to the domain name and can pay a hefty fee. The Internet body that oversees domain…

Ron Paul insists he’s not a fringe candidate

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul told NBC’s Matt Lauer Monday that he has a mainstream candidacy. “You’ve said recently that ‘the time has come around that people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years,’” Lauer noted in his interview with Paul. “I would adjust…

Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $4.6 million

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The legendary white dress seen billowing under Marilyn Monroe in an iconic image of 1950s Hollywood has sold at auction for $4.6 million, shattering estimates. The dress, worn by the star in the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch,” had been expected to fetch between one…

Airport geese to be cooked for poor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes departing area airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor, city officials said. The plan is aimed at avoiding incidents like the forced landing of a U.S. Airways plane…

Anglican Church to allow gay bishops

LONDON (AFP) – The Anglican Church was on Monday set to approve controversial guidelines allowing openly homosexual clergy to become bishops. In a paper due to be published Monday, the Church will seek to move in line with Britain’s Equality Act by updating its rules to permit celibate homosexual men…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry stays coy about GOP presidential run

The Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, continued this weekend to play coy about whether he will throw his ten-gallon hat in the ring for the GOP nomination for the presidency. At the Republican Leadership Conference, he delivered a speech that brought the gathered crowd of conservatives to its feet,…

Herman Cain: ‘I’m not anti-Muslim, I’m anti-terrorist’

Republican presidential hopeful and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain once again defended his anti-Muslim remarks to a group of bloggers over the weekend. Cain has said that he would sooner appoint openly gay cabinet members than one those of Muslim faith, because “they are not going to try and…

Bonner was ‘extraordinary voice’ for human rights: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States expressed sadness Sunday over the death of former Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, hailing the tireless critic of Vladimir Putin as an “extraordinary voice” for human rights. “We note with profound sadness the death of Yelena Bonner, an extraordinary voice among human rights defenders in…

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