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Martin Luther King’s daughter leaves Atlanta megachurch, citing recent sex controversy

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Bernice King, the daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., has left a suburban Atlanta megachurch that has been at the center of a recent sex controversy, and plans to start her own ministry. Bernice King, an ordained minister, has been a member…

Royal wedding guest list causes controversy

LONDON — The guest list for the royal wedding sparked controversy on Sunday after monarchs from countries with poor rights records were invited but two former prime ministers were not. Rights groups criticised Prince William and Kate Middleton for inviting foreign royals from Bahrain, Swaziland and other nations where authorities…

Obama responds to questions about treatment of Bradley Manning

With controversy raging — even within the Administration — about the reportedly harsh treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, imprisoned at Quantico and facing charges of leaking classified materials, Obama today was asked to respond to the situation during his press conference. Obama said, “With respect to Private Manning, I have…

US stem cell research breaks new ground in 2010

Two US companies this year broke new ground by winning regulatory approval to start the first experiments using embryonic stem cells on humans suffering from spinal cord injury and blindness. The potent but hotly debated cells can transform into nearly any cell in the human body, opening a path toward…

Gay Episcopal bishop to retire amid death threats

WASHINGTON — The first openly gay US Episcopal bishop, whose consecration rocked the worldwide Anglican fellowship, has said he will retire early because death threats and controversy had placed “constant strain” on his family. Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire said he would retire in 2013,…

Calls for GOP chief’s head after he says Afghanistan is ‘war of Obama’s choosing’

Calls controversy over McChrystal’s comments ‘comical’ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has developed a reputation for political gaffes, but his words at a Republican fundraiser Thursday are being described as “the biggest gaffe of all.” Speaking to a crowd of Connecticut Republicans about the Afghanistan war, Steele said, “Keep…

Arizona artists told to repaint mural to be less ethnic

Update II: School backtracks on request to lighten faces in mural The principal of an Arizona elementary school has reversed himself on his request to the painters of a mural that they “lighten” the faces of the children depicted on it. After a public outcry over the school’s insistence that…

Christmas change of heart: Pregnant soldiers won’t be punished

After a week of public controversy and recriminations from a group of US senators, the US military in northern Iraq has backed out of a new policy that could see soldiers court-martialed for becoming pregnant or impregnating another soldier. A reorganization of US forces in Iraq, to take effect Jan.…

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