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U.S. Still Religious, But Trust In Institution Wanes

Something is happening when it comes to religion in America.

Though more Americans go to church or believe in God than their counterparts in virtually every other Western country, fewer Americans now trust religious institutions. A recent Gallup pollshowed that just 44 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in “the church or organized religion.

Romney Camp Comments On Possible Action In Iran, Then Clarifies

If Israel felt it needed to strike Iran militarily to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Mitt Romney would “respect that decision,” a top foreign policy adviser said today.

Helicopters, artillery fire over Syria’s Aleppo

(Reuters) – Helicopter gunships opened fire over Aleppo on Sunday and the thud of artillery boomed across neighborhoods as government forces and rebels fought for control of Syria’s second city.

Uganda Ebola outbreak confirmed

The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, health officials have said, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that has prompted many people to flee their homes.

Work after eight months of pregnancy is as harmful as smoking, study finds

Working after eight months of pregnancy is as harmful for babies as smoking, according to a new study.

Women who worked after they were eight months pregnant had babies on average around 230g (0.5lb) lighter than those who stopped work between six and eight months.

Chinese protesters force officials to cancel industrial waste pipeline

Officials in eastern China have cancelled a planned industrial wastepipeline project after up to 1,000 environmental demonstrators occupied a government office, overturned cars, destroyed computers and beat police officers.

US National Security Agency boss asks hackers to make internet more secure

The head of the American government’s secretive National Security Agency has taken the unprecedented step of asking a convention of computer hackers to join him in an effort to make the internet more secure.

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