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Oklahoma governor considers tough new abortion bills

CHICAGO (AFP) – The governor of Oklahoma was considering tough new abortion bills Tuesday that would allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects and require women to answer intrusive questions. The results of the questionnaires would be posted online. Women would also be required to have an invasive…

Oklahoma City bombing remembered amid rising tensions

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — The United States will mark the 15th anniversary of its deadliest domestic terrorism attack on Monday amid rising political tensions and anti-government sentiment that has terrorism experts on edge. The April 19, 1995, truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City…

Chinese ship ‘gouged two mile scar’ in Great Barrier Reef

A Chinese ship that spent nine days stranded on the Great Barrier Reef gouged a three-kilometre (two-mile) scar in the coral that could take decades to recover, a top expert said on Tuesday. David Wachenfeld, chief scientist at the body overseeing the heritage-listed marine park, said the Shen Neng 1…

White House shoots down Hillary Supreme Court rumors

No, Hillary Clinton will not be President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. That’s the message from the White House on Monday, amidst growing speculations that the Secretary of State might be tapped to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as…

Leaked video shows US forces killing reporters, civilians

McChrystal: ‘We’ve shot an amazing number of people … none has proven to have been a real threat to the force’ US military personnel apparently mistook the cameras slung over the backs of two Reuters journalists for weapons when they opened fire on them and a group of people in…

Steele: ‘Slimmer margin’ of error for me because I’m black

Gibbs: RNC chair’s problem is the ‘credit card, not race card’ Under intense fire for the RNC’s lavish expenses at unseemly locations like bondage-themed strip clubs, chairman Michael Steele sought to grant himself some leeway by pointing out that he’s African-American. “The honest answer is, ‘yes,’” Steele said Monday on…

Jay Leno invites Karl Rove to bondage club

NBC’s Jay Leno pulled GOP strategist Karl Rove into the controversy over a political consultant who charged the Republican Party $1,900 for a night at a bondage-themed L.A. night club. “Somebody ought to lose their credit card, their RNC credit card,” Rove said on The Tonight Show Monday night. “Find…

TARP watchdog: Commercial real estate mortgages sinking quickly

By the end of 2010, half of all commercial real estate mortgages in the United States could be “underwater,” according to the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program watchdog. Translation: Americans’ financial woes are far from over. The commercial real estate bubble will grow so large that it will become a…

Russia blames Chechnya’s ‘Black Widows’ for suicide bombings

Obama condemns Moscow blasts as ‘outrageous’ Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on packed metro trains in Moscow on Monday, killing at least 38 people near the ex-KGB headquarters and Gorky Park, in attacks blamed on Islamists. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed those behind the rush-hour attacks would be…

Tea Partiers menace Congressional Dems with name-calling: ‘Ni**er, Fag**t

A swarm of health care protesters, many holding Tea Party signs, heckled members of Congress with racial epithets and abusive language as the House votes on health care reform.…

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