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Maine Republicans seek to loosen child labor laws

Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill through the Maine Legislature that would rollback child labor laws enacted by the state in 1991. The bill, LD 1346, establishes a “training wage” for employees under 20 years of age at $5.25 per hour for their first 180 days of employment and increases…

Palin parents ‘sleep with guns’ due to threats

LONDON – Chuck and Sally Heath, the parents of US conservative champion Sarah Palin, “sleep with guns” after receiving death threats, a BBC interview revealed. Speaking at their home in Wasilla, Alaska, the couple claimed that Palin and “her whole family” had been the target of threats. “One guy from…

Michael Jackson ‘chemically castrated’ as child: doctor

MARSEILLE – Michael Jackson may have been more prince than king of pop, a French doctor says in a new book alleging his wide-ranging voice resulted from a childhood chemical castration to fight acne. “When he died, I realised that he was an unusual phenomenon,” Alain Branchereau, an opera buff…

Scientists find oldest sub-Arctic human remains

WASHINGTON — Scientists on Thursday announced they have discovered the oldest human remains ever found in sub-Arctic North America, offering a new window into the lives of the continent’s earliest inhabitants. The discovery of the partially-cremated skeletal remains was made at an fire pit within an ancient dwelling at Alaska’s…

US government accidentally shuts down 84,000 websites during child porn raid

Approximately 84,000 websites were shut down and wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography as part of “Operation Protect Our Children,” a new joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that it had…

New York priest sentenced to prison for altar boy rapes

PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts (Reuters) – A New York man convicted of raping two altar boys while he was a Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to spend more than 20 years in prison on Wednesday. Gary Mercure’s “ghastly, incomparable acts” inflicted immeasurable suffering on his victims, said Judge John Agostini in handing…

Pneumonia vaccine launched in Kenya

NAIROBI – A vaccine against pneumonia, the leading cause of child deaths around the world, was rolled out in Kenya Monday and is expected to save hundreds of thousands of lives in coming years. Pneumococcal disease accounts for 18 percent of child deaths in developing countries, killing more than a…

Doctors eye chemicals for rise in child cancers

WASHINGTON — A mom whose four-year-old died after losing a battle to a brain tumor called Wednesday for tougher US regulation of chemicals suspected of being behind a rise in childhood cancers. “There’s growing evidence linking toxic chemicals and carcinogens in the environment with childhood cancer,” Christine Brouwer told a…

Anti-abortion crusader’s run against Obama a Super Bowl ad ploy

Randall Terry: Obama is ‘arch child killer of Western Hemisphere’ A famed anti-abortion activist announced Tuesday he plans to use election laws to get graphic ads featuring dead fetuses on the air during the Super Bowl in 2012. Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, will formally announce Thursday his…

GOP senator: Federal ban on child labor is unconstitutional

Newly minted Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said in a lecture posted to his YouTube channel that Congressional laws banning child labor are forbidden by the US Constitution. Lee, a fierce advocate for the Tenth Amendment who replaced longtime Republican incumbent Bob Bennett in the Senate this month, argued…

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