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Unintended pregnancies cost public $11 billion a year: studies

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Studies released by a reproductive rights research group on Thursday show that unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers about $11 billion a year. Two studies by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute looked at the public costs of unintended pregnancies. A third study looked at unintended pregnancy rates at…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

YouTube launches online ‘Town Hall’ website

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube on Wednesday launched a “Town Hall” website at which US congressional leaders address issues in brief videos and viewers get to show which positions they support. Republicans monopolized top slots in a “leaderboard” at the online forum for debating topics from energy and debt to health…

Senator Mark Kirk: End probe of CIA interrogators accused of torture

Republican Senator Mark Kirk (IL) says that President Barack Obama should announce the end of the Justice Department’s “unwarranted” investigation of CIA interrogators when he visits their headquarters on Friday “These Americans did their jobs at the direction of the President of the United States and this politically motivated investigation…

84-year-old man allegedly beaten by police officer after calling 911

An Alabama police officer allegedly hospitalized an elderly man who called 911 to report an accident across the street from his house while his wife watched the entire beating from her wheelchair. The Courthouse News Service reported that 84-year-old Dorsey Henderson of Fairhope, Alabama called 911 after investigating the car…

Republican senators accuse Obama of violating war powers

WASHINGTON — In a challenge to President Barack Obama’s handling of the conflict in Libya, a group of US senators accused him Wednesday of violating a 1973 law aimed at curtailing the White House’s war powers. Conservative Republicans Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Tom Coburn, and John…

Atheists offer to rescue Christians’ pets after judgment day

WASHINGTON — When judgment day comes — which some US Christian fundamentalists insist will happen on Saturday — have you thought about what you’re going to do with the family dog and cat? In 26 US states, you could have them rescued and adopted by enterprising atheists who have set…

Minnesota amendment to ban same sex marriage advances

The Minnesota House Committee on Rules and Administration approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman by a 13 to 12 vote Wednesday morning. The Minnesota Independent reported that several protesters shouted “Shame!” and “You are damaging my life and my family!” while…

Jilted bride saved by cops as she tries to kill herself

A Chinese bride attempted to take her own life after her fiance married another woman just days before their scheduled wedding. The crying 22-year-old sought to leap out of her seventh floor apartment window when a cop caught her and saved her life. Watch the video via Reuters, h/t Lawrence…

Drunken Philly ice cream truck driver used freezer to store urine: police

When police in suburban Philadelphia pulled an ice cream truck over on the highway, suspecting the driver was drunk, they couldn’t have imagined it would result in such a bizarre crime report. Officers claimed the driver, Yassir Hassman, was clearly drunk. But what they found next surprised them. According to…

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