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Upstate NY town clerk says she won’t sign same-sex marriage licenses

Though New York state’s passage of marriage equality for same-sex couples has been hailed across the country and around the world, there’s at least one person who is in a decidedly non-celebratory mood: Barbara MacEwen, town clerk of the rural upstate Volney, NY. MacEwen has said that she will refuse…

Shepherding chihuahua proves size doesn’t matter

Nancy the chihuahua might not be the biggest dog on the farm, but that doesn’t stop her. She learned to herd sheep from a friendly border collie, and now keeps those sheep in line all by herself. Watch the video, which first aired on the BBC on June 29, 2011,…

Catholic League president on marriage: ‘Prong has to penetrate the socket’

The Catholic Church provided surprisingly little opposition before marriage equality was passed in New York last week. But now that it’s law, Catholic League president Bill Donohue is expressing his outrage. “If two guys can get married then why shouldn’t three?” Donohue asked on the PIX 11 Morning News Monday.…

U.S. cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the…

Lady Gaga accused of fraud in Japan relief efforts

LOS ANGELES: American pop star Lady Gaga is accused of misrepresenting charitable donations from wristbands sold to benefit tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan earlier this year. The complaint, filed in a Michigan court on Friday by 1800lawfirm, says the star as well as her record label, Universal Music Group,…

Mother sues Cornell for $25 million after son’s hazing death

WASHINGTON — The mother of a Cornell University student is suing a fraternity for $25 million after her son was allegedly kidnapped, bound and forced to drink large amounts of alcohol that led to his February death. George Desdunes, a sophomore at the prestigious Ivy League school, called the Sigma…

FBI looks into possible fraud at Arlington Cemetery

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating a range of problems at the top US military cemetery, including possible criminal contracting fraud and false records, The Washington Post reported. The Post said the Justice Department was investigating the mishandling of remains at Arlington National Cemetery as part of a sweeping…

US fraudster Madoff says sentence too harsh

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff, sentenced to 150 years in jail for the biggest financial scam in US history, on Tuesday said the judge in his case had made him a “human pinata” and passed an overly harsh sentence. “Maybe the judge felt, ‘Well, he’s 70 years old, so even…

Bachmann claims ‘titanium’ spine

RAYMOND, New Hampshire — Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann took her campaign on the road Tuesday seeking to shake off her gaffe-prone speaker image and pledging a change in direction for the country. A day after officially launching her 2012 presidential campaign, the Minnesota Republican and favorite of the…

Obama to hold press conference Wednesday over debt default

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will hold a press conference Wednesday amid a dramatic showdown between his administration and Congress to avoid a US debt default, his office said. It will be held at 11:30 am (1530 GMT) in the building’s ceremonial East Room, the White House said in the…

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