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Bachmann pledges to ban ‘all forms of pornography’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge created by The Family Leader, a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group that opposes same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography. By signing the pledge (PDF), Bachmann vowed to support a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, as well…

Armless man throws out first pitch at Fenway

Tom Willis was born without arms but that didn’t stop him from throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park Thursday. “My number one goal was to live my life to be the best person I could be, not the best disabled person I could be,” he told Fox News.…

Pakistan rebukes U.S. assessment of journalist’s murder

Pakistan on Friday warned its cooperation in the US-led war on Al-Qaeda was at risk after heavily criticising the top US military officer for suggesting it could have approved a journalist’s murder. The row threatened to further strain relations already damaged by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden two…

Jobs barely rise, dashing hopes of economic revival

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the fewest number of workers in nine months, dampening hopes the economy was on the cusp of regaining momentum after stumbling in recent months. Nonfarm payrolls rose only 18,000, the weakest reading since September, the…

Visa again blockades WikiLeaks’ credit card donations

U.S. credit card provider Visa said Thursday that a payment processor in Iceland briefly opened the floodgates to donations to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, so they took the necessary steps to close them again. Icelandic payments processor DataCell had said the blockade was lifted yesterday after months of stalling from Visa…

Texas executes Mexican citizen despite protests

Texas carried out the controversial execution of a Mexican national who was denied his consular rights, ignoring calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government. Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, is one of at least 51 Mexicans on US death rows who were not informed after their…

Michigan standoff ends with 7 dead, gunman kills self

GRAND RAPIDS (Reuters) – A man suspected of killing seven people in a bloody rampage ended a hostage standoff with police late on Thursday by shooting himself in the head, Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said. The suspect, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, had engaged in a gun battle with police…

Obama calls for next round of debt talks Sunday

President Barack Obama called for new negotiations to try and avert a US debt default, warning the two sides were still “far apart” on a range of issues. “We’ll hopefully be in a position to then start engaging in the hard bargaining that’s necessary to get a deal done,” Obama…

Ed Schultz: Obama risking second term with Social Security cuts

On his MSNBC show Thursday night, Ed Schultz said that if President Barack Obama cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid he will not be reelected to a second term. The Washington Post reported late on Wednesday that Obama was considering cuts in Social Security and major reductions in Medicare in…

Anti-prejudice messages can increase prejudice: study

Programs aimed at eradicating prejudice by authoritatively telling people not to discriminate against others may actually increase prejudices, according to research to be published in the scientific journal Psychological Science. The results of the study suggest controlling anti-prejudice messages may actually be creating hostility toward the targets of prejudice. “Controlling…

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