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US media ignores birthday of America’s most famous death row inmate

Unless you live in Philadelphia, you might not have known that America’s most famous death row inmate celebrated his birthday recently. That’s because the story, along with a flurry of local activism surrounding that date, was almost entirely ignored by the US media — and the blackout didn’t just extend…

GOP governor proclaims April ‘Abortion Recovery Month’

In a document affixed with Minnesota’s official seal and signed by Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has officially dubbed April “Abortion Recovery Month.” His proclamation hails the “culture of life and hope” and praises the state’s church-based abortion recovery programs as “offer[ing] support and recovery services to…

Man who wanted $999 trillion in abortion ‘damages’ arrested over threats

A Texas law school graduate who sued the US Supreme Court justices demanding $999 trillion for allowing abortion is behind bars after threatening to use deadly force at an abortion clinic. FBI agents arrested Erlyndon Joseph Lo on Saturday afternoon, a day after he filed a rambling request with a…

Google becomes Topeka in April Fool’s spoof

Internet giant Google turned its mega search engine on its ear Thursday by changing its name to “Topeka” in a huge cyberspace April Fool’s joke. Google said the move was inspired by a Kansas town which in March changed its name to that of the Internet giant as part of…

United States, Russia eye April to sign next nuclear treaty

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia and the United States will sign a new nuclear disarmament treaty in early April in the Czech capital Prague, Russian daily newspaper Kommersant reported Saturday, citing a diplomatic source. “The new nuclear disarmament treaty is ready,” said the source, who talk part in Friday’s talks between…

Ten deaths that marked 2009

PARIS — Ten deaths that marked 2009: HELEN SUZMAN (died January 1, aged 91) Suzman was for decades the lone voice of white dissent in South Africa’s parliament against apartheid rule. She served in parliament between 1953 and 1989 and was the first lawmaker to visit African National Congress leader…

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