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Iranian Mujahedeen could come off US blacklist

WASHINGTON — Washington will decide within six months whether to remove the banned Iranian opposition People’s Mujahedeen from a terrorism blacklist, a US State Department official told lawmakers Thursday. “We are working as expeditiously as possible to complete a review” on the issue, Daniel Benjamin, coordinator for counter-terrorism at the…

EXCLUSIVE: DOJ plan to arrest state licensers, tax dispensaries could doom medical marijuana industry

A recent letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ), threatening state employees in charge of implmenting medical marijuana laws with prosecution, has forced some governors to re-evaluate and even veto popular legislation — all seemingly in violation of what the medical marijauana community thought was a cease-fire with the federal…

Same sex marriage ban introduced to Pennsylvania House

Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R) introduced a constitutional amendment to the state’s House on Tuesday that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “The institution of traditional marriage has never been under greater attack,” said Metcalfe. “This not only includes the special…

Oklahoma professor allegedly terminated for being transgender

An Assistant Professor of English, Humanities and Literature at Southeastern Oklahoma State University was allegedly denied tenure and terminated because of her gender identity. Despite being a highly accomplished scholar who was recommended for tenure and a promotion by her colleagues last year, Dr. Rachel Tudor will be terminated from…

Mississippi tornado topped the scale with 205 mph winds

SMITHVILLE, Miss (Reuters) – The small town of Smithville, Mississippi may have endured the strongest tornado of the dozens that pounded the southern U.S. this week, packing such force that it hurled bodies into nearby fields, weather experts and local officials said on Friday. While other tornadoes got more attention,…

Poll: Mitt Romney beats Obama by 7 points in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would comfortably defeat President Barack Obama in New Hampshire in a hypothetical election today, according to a poll of likely voters released Friday. The former Massachusetts governor would beat the president by 50 to 43 percent, says a new WMUR Granite State Poll…

Over 220 killed as tornadoes ravage U.S. south

BIRMINGHAM, USA / Alabama — Tornadoes and thunderstorms carved a trail of destruction across the southern United States, killing over 220 people in one of the country’s worst weather disasters in years, officials said Thursday. The severe weather killed 131 people in the state of Alabama alone on Wednesday, authorities…

Death toll passes 160 as storms rip through US

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AFP) – Deadly tornados and flash floods flattened buildings and overturned vehicles overnight as major storms churned through the United States, with the death toll surpassing 160 people. The severe weather killed 128 people in Alabama on Wednesday alone, authorities said, and President Barack Obama said Washington would…

Alabama switches execution drug

WASHINGTON — Alabama, one of the US states carrying out the greatest number of executions, has suspended its use of the rapidly dwindling sedative sodium thiopental in favor of another death penalty drug. “Due to the national shortage of sodium thiopental, the Alabama Department of Corrections has amended its execution…

NY allows conjugal visits for inmates in same-sex marriages

The New York state prison system recently changed its regulations to allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions conjugal visits from their partners, as well as a tweak that will allow inmates to visit their partners if they are terminally ill. On the heels of last week’s unprecedented, massive…

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