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Louisiana House panel votes to ban abortion

A House committee in Louisiana voted Tuesday to ban abortions, a controversial move that sends the bill to the floor for debate. The House Bill 587, sponsored by Republican state Rep. John LaBruzzo, would expand the parameters of the feticide crime to include for voluntarily aborted fetuses, according to The…

Winklevoss twins take Facebook claim to Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are taking their beef against Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to the US Supreme Court. An attorney for the twin brothers said they will ask the top court in the nation to give them another shot at getting out of a deal they…

Court denies Winklevoss twins a new Facebook hearing

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Monday denied Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss a second shot at getting out of a deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by the identical…

Texas House panel approves tax break for yachts

A tax break for those who want to buy yachts costing $250,000 or more will be considered by the Texas House of Representatives after Republican state lawmakers passed the legislation in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. The measure, HB 2187, would cap the maximum sales tax the…

Controversial ‘Ten Commandments’ judge weighs White House run

DES MOINES (Reuters) – A former Alabama judge who gained attention for defying orders to take down a “Ten Commandments” monument from his courthouse said on Monday he was seriously considering running for president. Roy Moore, a Republican who was removed from Alabama’s Supreme Court by a judicial ethics panel, said he was…

Leaked UN report urges Sri Lanka war crimes probe

A UN panel has called for an independent inquiry into “credible” allegations that Sri Lanka committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in its final 2009 offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels. The panel of experts, appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, submitted its report last week, and leaked excerpts were…

Star of Egyptian revolt blasts world’s elites as “partners in crime”

WASHINGTON — The Google executive who became the hero of the Egyptian revolution cropped up at the pinnacle of international finance Friday, chiding the elites for supporting strongman Hosni Mubarak. “I actually feel like Joe the Plumber,” said Wael Ghonim, drawing laughs after his introduction on a panel at the…

Senate panel says Goldman ‘clearly misled’ clients, Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the most damning official U.S. report yet produced on Wall Street’s role in the financial crisis, a Senate panel accused powerhouse Goldman Sachs of misleading clients and manipulating markets, while also condemning greed, weak regulation and conflicts of interest throughout the financial system. Carl Levin, chairman…

Maher: GOP birthers think Obama’s race is “un-American”

Bill Maher, upon learning that 51 percent of Republican voters now believe that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, thus making the GOP majority birthers, he asked his conservative panel, “At what point do you say, I can’t be a Republican anymore?” Maher attributed the birthers’…

Florida Senate panel approves plan to drug test welfare recipients

A bill to mandate drug tests for welfare recipients was unanimously approved by a Florida Senate panel earlier this week, putting the proposal one step closer to coming up for a full Senate vote of approval. The legislation, S.B. 556, would also require that welfare applicants pay for their own…

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