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Ohio ‘heartbeat bill’ would ban most abortions

Republican lawmakers in Ohio unveiled legislation Wednesday that would ban abortions of any fetus found to have a heartbeat, a move that could ban most abortions in the state. Under legislation sponsored by State Representative Lynn Wachtmann, doctors would be forbidden from performing an abortion the moment a heartbeat is…

Junk food diet linked to lower IQ

PARIS – Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind. The conclusion, published on Monday, comes from a long-term investigation into 14,000 people born in western England…

Update: Egypt denied VP was targeted for assassination

Update: Egypt denied Saturday that Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was a target of a recent assassination attempt, according to the Associated Press. A random bullet fired from criminals fighting against each other hit the lead car in Suleiman’s motorcade on Jan. 28, a statement from the Egyptian government said.…

Oklahoma bill would mandate educators question evolution in classes

Educators in Oklahoma would be forced to openly question in their classes the legitimacy of the scientific theory of evolution should a new bill become state law. “It’s a simple fact that the presentation of some issues in science classes can lead to controversy, which can discourage teachers from engaging…

Gay soldier booted from military refuses to repay ‘unearned’ bonus

Talk about adding insult to injury. The US Army discharged Dan Choi under the now-repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” law in July, and now the Department of Defense wants him to pay up for “the unearned portion” of his enlistment bonus. According an account statement posted on twitter, Choi had…

11-year-old Pennsylvanian is youngest person in world to face life without parole

Boy’s claim of innocence prompted judge to try him as adult A Pennsylvania boy who was 11 years old when he allegedly shot and killed his father’s pregnant fiancee could find himself being the youngest person ever sentenced to life without parole. Human rights campaigners have said the case shows…

Guantanamo detainee sentenced to life for Africa bombings

The first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a US civilian court was Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for his role in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. The US administration swiftly welcomed the jailing of Ahmed Ghailani, 36, found guilty last year…

AZ lawmaker: Shootings fueled by tv, video games and abortion – not guns

WASHINGTON – Arizona State Senator Linda Gray said shootings are spurred on by violence in television and video games, as well society’s acceptance of abortion – but not by the ubiquitous availability of guns. “The problem is not the gun, but about respect for all human life, from the unborn,…

Beck rants trigger death threats against NY professor

The life of a 78-year-old New York professor may be in danger after she was made a target by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York sociologist, has been receiving death threats, and at least one group is blaming Beck, according to The New…

Confronted by blogger, Santorum fails to differentiate between little girl, dish of cells

A former Republican Senator considered to be a candidate for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination was recently confronted by a blogger with a perplexing question: Being pro-life, if you found yourself in a fertility clinic that was burning down, and you had a choice between saving a 2-year-old girl or…

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