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20-year-old sues FBI over GPS tracker on his car

When 20-year-old American student Yasir Afifi discovered a GPS tracking device on his car, he first thought it was a bomb. After sharing images of the device online, he learned that it was actually a tracking device placed by the FBI, but after being confronted about it, the bureau threatened…

FDA staff question dosing for Novartis lung drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators will ask outside experts if the higher of two proposed doses of a Novartis AG drug is needed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, documents released on Friday said. A key question for outside advisers who meet next week is “whether the second higher dose of…

Wikileaks reveals extent of State Department’s involvemnt in arms sales, oil deals

By Ben Berkowitz NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Lockheed Martin wanted to sell C-130 military transport planes to the government of Chad in early 2007, the U.S. embassy in N’Djamena was ready to lend a hand. Nevermind that, by the embassy’s own reckoning, the Chadian government probably could not afford…

Exclusive: Key conservatives behind S. Dakota’s abortion law appear clueless as to what Planned Parenthood does

Abortion is already a heavily regulated medical procedure, but Republicans in South Dakota are poised to mandate the harshest regulations of any state yet, including a requirement that women visit an anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy center” before the procedure. The new requirements are part of a bill that cleared the state’s…

Orrin Hatch: Health law ‘a lot worse’ than ‘an awful piece of crap’

After Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made profane remarks criticizing the health care overhaul last Friday, he apologized for it. But now, he says the law is even “worse” than he described. In widely-reported remarks at Utah State University, Hatch called the Affordable Care Act a “one-size-fits-all federal government dumb-ass program”…

White House, lawmakers hold first spending summit

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden and top lawmakers held their first closed-door talks on government spending cuts, seeking elusive common ground with just two weeks to reach a deal. Neither side announced any breakthrough after the hour-long negotiations at the US Capitol, and the White House only released…

Walker’s budget repeals WI law requiring health insurers cover birth control

WASHINGTON – A provision in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) revised two-year budget proposal released Tuesday would repeal a state law requiring health insurers to cover prescription birth control. The controversial anti-union proposal would also repeal the Contraceptive Equity law, which establishes birth control as a necessity for insurers to…

BYU basketball player Brandon Davies suspended for premarital sex

Reports emerged this week that Brigham Young University suspended starting center Brandon Davies this week over a violation of its honor code. The violation? Premarital sex with his girlfriend. The BYU honor code, based on the practices of the Mormon faith, includes provisions requiring students to live a “chaste” life,…

Maddow: Marriage provisions seek to really ‘straighten out’ Ohio’s budget

Rachel Maddow saw something a little strange in Ohio’s union-busting budget-balancing bill. Not only does it strip collective bargaining rights from all state workers — which does little on its own to fix the budget — it also contains provisions related to same sex marriage and domestic partnerships. Maddow said:…

Texas approves bill requiring sonogram before abortion

AUSTIN, Tex (Reuters) – Women seeking an abortion would have to first get an ultrasound under a measure approved on Thursday by the Texas House of Representatives. The proposal, the first significant bill considered by the House this year, was designated by Republican Governor Rick Perry as an emergency priority.…

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