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New Arizona law bars public funds from Planned Parenthood

LOS ANGELES — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill barring any public money – city, county or state – from going to Planned Parenthood, a decision that she says closes loopholes for funding abortions.

Report on college protest crackdown urges changes for police

OAKLAND, Calif — OAKLAND, Calif. – University of California administrators should take more responsibility for controlling their police and police should be better trained to keep campus protests peaceful, says a report the university system released Friday.

$5 million awarded to Muslim woman in workplace discrimination case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Her face framed by a white scarf covering her head and hair – considered “a private part” for Muslim women – Susann Bashir grew sad Friday afternoon recalling her final encounter with a former boss.

Guantanamo court hearing for accused 9/11 plotters becomes a 12-hour marathon

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba Accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators put on a show of defiance during a marathon war court arraignment Saturday, sitting mute rather than answering their U.S. military judge’s questions ahead of their trial on charges of planning the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sarkozy faces defeat as France heads to polls

(Reuters) – France voted in elections on Sunday which could make Nicolas Sarkozy the 11th European leader to be swept from office by the economic crisis and crown Francois Hollande as the nation’s first Socialist president in nearly two decades.

Angry Greeks vote in cliffhanger election

(Reuters) – Greeks enraged by economic hardship voted on Sunday in a deeply uncertain election that could reignite Europe’s debt crisis and throw into doubt the country’s future in the euro zone.

CHART: Economy Has Recovered All Private Sector Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office

As of April, there are now more private sector jobs in the United States than there were in January 2009, when President Obama took office. You read that right. We have now replaced all of the private sector jobs lost while Obama has been president. And that was no mean feat, given that over the course of 2009, the private sector shed about 4.2 million jobs.

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