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Georgia voters to pick Republican Senate nominee after long fight

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman and a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia’s Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General…

Closing arguments set for Jesse Ventura’s defamation suit against ‘American Sniper’

By Art Hughes ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) – Closing arguments are planned on Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit from Jesse Ventura alleging that the Minnesota ex-governor’s reputation was sullied by a former Navy SEAL’s claims in a book that he was in a bar fight with the former politician. Ventura,…

In major blow to Obamacare, appeals court throws out key healthcare subsidies

By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judicial panel on Tuesday dealt a potentially devastating blow to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, throwing out a provision that provides millions of Americans with subsidies for private health insurance. The 2-1 decision, which could lead to a…

NC pastor kills self in front of deputies as they try to arrest him on child sex charges

A North Carolina pastor shot himself to death over the weekend as deputies were trying to arrest him on child sex charges. According to WCOC-TV, Michael Mullis, the former pastor of Near Calvary Baptist Church in Concord, knew that he was being investigated for indecent liberties with a child before…

Portland parents fight Christian ‘extremist’ club trying to ‘harvest’ kids at public parks

An evangelical group has launched a campaign to convert children to Christianity at public spaces and schools in Oregon. Parents concerned about the group’s intentions have launched their own campaign to warn about the Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Club and its tactics, reported the Associated Press. “They pretend to…

MI utility worker strangles pregnant teen he held at house of horrors, beheads her boyfriend

Police said a Michigan utility worker held a pregnant teenager he met online hostage for days after beheading her boyfriend and then strangling her. Investigators said emails indicated 31-year-old Brady Oestrike arranged to meet 18-year-old Brooke Slocum for sex after the two connected on Craigslist, reported The Grand Rapids Press.…

Rocker Tom Petty: ‘No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians’

Veteran rocker Tom Petty isn’t pulling any punches with his new song “Playing Dumb.” In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said that he wrote the song about the decades of child sex abuse in the Catholic church and the elaborate lengths that priests and their leaders have gone to…

Baltimore man fatally shoots friend of 15 years during botched bulletproof vest ‘prank’

A Baltimore man who allegedly shot his longtime friend will be held without bail, a judge ruled on Monday. Christopher Flohr, the attorney for 30-year-old Mark Ramiro, told a court that his client had intended to shoot a friend who was wearing a bulletproof vest as a “Jackass“-style prank, according…

Wave of migrant children threatens to ‘implode’ U.S. immigration courts, judge warns

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama’s steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and…

Race for North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner is all about oil

By Ernest Scheyder TOWNER North Dakota (Reuters) – North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that…

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