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Oregon hunting guide pleads guilty to injuring wild cats to make them easier to kill

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – An Oregon hunting guide accused of injuring or caging mountain lions and bobcats to make it easier for his clients to shoot and kill pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a U.S. Court in Denver to violating a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. Nicholaus Rodgers of…

Unlike Barack, Michelle Obama doesn’t shy away from her heritage in speech to Africans

By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had…

Not the biggest Texas bust ever, but close: Cops seize more than 100,000 marijuana plants

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – One person has been arrested and more than 100,000 marijuana plants were being eradicated from a sprawling operation in one of the largest pot farming cases in Texas history, police said on Wednesday. The farm, which covered 29 fields, was discovered by a deer…

Alabama doctors: Circumcision lawsuit is bogus, we didn’t chop off anyone’s penis

(Reuters) – An Alabama man’s claim that his penis was amputated recently in a circumcision gone wrong is entirely without merit, an attorney representing the doctors being sued said on Wednesday. Attorney Michael Florie said the plaintiff, 56-year-old Johnny Lee Banks Jr., has had both legs amputated due to severe…

Rick Santorum: Same-sex marriage is to blame for single moms — and polygamy is next

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned over the weekend that support for same-sex marriage was to blame for the increase in single mothers, and could lead to polygamy. “What we need to do is reclaim what marriage is,” Santorum told Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly during a radio interview.…

Obama to Republicans: Stop being mad all the time, stop just hatin’ all the time

By Roberta Rampton KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans for confounding his agenda to a higher pitch on Wednesday, appealing to them to “stop just hatin’ all the time.” Republicans in the House of Representatives are expected to vote on Wednesday to…

North Carolina hospital isolates wing for patient who had visited ‘high-risk’ country

Portions of a North Carolina hospital were shut down while doctors tested a patient for communicable disease. One corridor was closed Wednesday morning at Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center, with a security guard posted outside to prevent entry, reported WSOC-TV. Hospital officials initially offered little information about the situation, but they…

Meet Ronda Rousey: The woman who shattered the UFC’s glass ceiling with an armbar

ESPN’s Nine for IX recently published a mini-documentary exploring the meteoric rise of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey — the undefeated mixed martial artist who paved the way for female fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. UFC President Dana White said women would never fight in the octagon. Now he says that…

Congress struggles to pass border security bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to pay for handling a flood of Central American migrant children hung by a thread in the Congress on Wednesday amid deep divisions over President Barack Obama’s emergency funding request, even as the Senate agreed to bring up a Democratic measure. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 63-33…

Rep. Paul Ryan attacks ‘crony capitalism’: GOP should be pro-market, not pro-business

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican congressman Paul Ryan on Wednesday slammed the U.S. Export-Import Bank as a purveyor of “crony capitalism” that mainly helps a few large companies, and said Congress should focus instead on market reforms that speed growth for all firms. Ryan, speaking to a Christian…

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