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'IN GOD WE TRUST'? Vote to display US motto brings controversy, debate

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:59
Should “In God We Trust” adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic — and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy.
Couple wants to add 'Seamonster' to names; Massachusetts court to hear petition
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:25
HOLYOKE, Mass. – Sea monsters may exist only in the imagination, but a Massachusetts couple wants to make them part of their names. The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports (http://bit.ly/1kkYaao ) that the couple, Melanie Ann Convery and Neal James Coughlin of Holyoke, are petitioning Massachusetts to allow them to make both of their middle names "Seamonster." ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The couple has made the request in a legal notice published in a local newspaper as…
South Florida scammers target online daters prone to sexting
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:25
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Scammers in South Florida are targeting anew market niche -- online daters who are prone to sexting. On Tuesday, the Broward Sheriff's Office warned that scammers are passing themselves off as law enforcement officers working cases of Internet crimes against children. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Officials say the scammers, posing as daters, engage the victims in conversations, eventually asking them to send sexually explicit pictures. Once the victim does, the suspect identifies himself…
U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:25
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington. Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral changes to his landmark healthcare law known as "Obamacare.
IMF warns of potential risks to global growth
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:46
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sharply higher interest rates around the world could combine with weaker growth in emerging markets to slice as much as 2 percentage points off global growth in the next five years, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a report assessing how individual national policies could interact to undermine the world economy, the IMF also warned the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could reverberate to the rest of the region if…
Girl struck by crashing plane dies
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:43
29 July 2014Last updated at 17:15 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint Caspersen Beach is next to the Venice airport, where the pilot of the small plane was trying to land A girl who was struck by a plane that crash landed on a Florida beach on Sunday and killed her father has died of her injuries, police have said.
Lavrov and Kerry discuss Cold War-era arms control treaty that the US says Russia has violated
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:24
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Connecticut woman forgives husband who left son in hot car
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:24
NEW HAVEN, Conn – A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day says she forgives him. Lindsey Rogers-Seitz (SITES) of Ridgefield says that her husband, Kyle Seitz, was extremely distraught after bringing their son to a hospital. She says she told her husband she loved him and made sure he looked at her. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rogers-Seitz, who also has two daughters, said…
HONESTLY 'NERVOUS' Lincoln letter reveals he felt 'unfit' for speaking duty
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:58
An unpublished letter from Abraham Lincoln dated 1860 reveals the future president as a “nervous” man not entirely comfortable with his budding fame. The letter, dated March 6, 1860, and postmarked in Hartford, Conn., shows that Lincoln’s mind is firmly on his family following his historical speech in New York at Cooper Union, the science and art college, just a month earlier, lifting the previously regional politician into the national scene and jump-starting speculation that…
BORDER FIX OR ELSE? Congress stuck on funding, Obama exec action looms
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:58
House and Senate lawmakers are running up against an end-of-the-week August recess without a compromise on legislation addressing the border crisis -- potentially playing into the hands of President Obama as he weighs sweeping unilateral action on immigration. Speculation is widespread about what actions the Obama administration might take on its own, but advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration tell The Associated Press that the White House is making plans to act to…
 

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