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Iowa Caucus begins today – Romney, Paul and Santorum favored in polling

Iowa Caucus begins today – Romney, Paul and Santorum favored in polling

The GOP presidential primary vote kicks off in Iowa today, and appears to be a close run. Polling indicates that the top three contenders are former Massachusetts Governor and front-runner Mitt Romney, characterized as "the establishment" candidate.  He is locked ...

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Cee Lo Green explains (briefly) why he changed Lennon's 'Imagine' to include religion

Cee Lo Green explains (briefly) why he changed Lennon's 'Imagine' to include religion

Grammy-winning singer Cee Lo Green is known for his song 'Forget You.' He might now be remembered for changing the lyrics to John Lennon's 'Imagine' for his New Year's Eve performance in Times Square. Lennon fans were angered by the ...

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From prison, Warren Jeffs allegedly banning sex, marriage by FLDS church members

From prison, Warren Jeffs allegedly banning sex, marriage by FLDS church members

Even though he is not supposed to be doing so, polygamist Warren Jeffs appears to be issuing edicts to members of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) church members.  An investigation is underway after FLDS church members came forward saying ...

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With US troops gone, Iraqi Christians fear additional attacks

With US troops gone, Iraqi Christians fear additional attacks

The number of Christians in Iraq has diminished more than half since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, according to UN figures. The amount is now around half a million. In Baghdad, Iraqi soldiers patrol the largest Christian neighborhood. Over ...

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Abuse of Afghan child bride highlights need for reform

Abuse of Afghan child bride highlights need for reform

An Afghan child bride is recovering in a hospital after being held captive and tortured for six months by her husband's family. While her case is extreme, it is still often acceptable in Afghan culture for a husband to hit ...

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Islamist militant group threatens to confront Nigerian army

Islamist militant group threatens to confront Nigerian army

The Islamist militant group called "Boko Haram," whose name means "Western education is forbidden," is threatening to confront Nigerian soldiers following the president's declaration of a state of emergency in parts of the north. Heavily armed troops and tanks have ...

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This week's poll: What is more beneficial to humankind, religion or science?

This week's poll: What is more beneficial to humankind, religion or science?

In our poll this week, we ask what is more beneficial to society — religion or science. The poll will be open until 5 AM Pacific time on Sunday, January 8. It takes only a second to vote, and your ...

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Are American voters ignorant about world affairs and their own leaders?

Are American voters ignorant about world affairs and their own leaders?

During the Republican presidential debates over the course of the last few months, there have been discussions about knee-jerk, emotional topics under the banner of "social conservatism," such as  reversing the right to have an abortion under Roe v. Wade, ...

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Professor warns that religious civil war may spread across the Middle East

Professor warns that religious civil war may spread across the Middle East

The Arab Spring which dominated the news over the past year resulted in the overthrow of the regimes in three Arab countries. Not all protesters who demanded change are happy with the results because of the renewed efforts of religious ...

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Religion injected into Lennon song, 'Imagine,' at Times Square New Year's Celebration

Religion injected into Lennon song, 'Imagine,' at Times Square New Year's Celebration

The theme at last night's New Year's Eve celebration was friendship.  The massive ball that dropped to mark the New Year was decorated with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles that were, according to Jim O'Leary, design director at Waterford, to represent ...

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Pope closes 2011 with prayer at Vatican's Nativity scene

Pope closes 2011 with prayer at Vatican's Nativity scene

Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2011 with a prayer in front of the Nativity scene in St Peter's square. He arrived there after a 90-minute prayer service in the Basilica, where he held the traditional New Year's Eve ...

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7.0 magnitude quake hits Tokyo

7.0 magnitude quake hits Tokyo

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has hit Tokyo, Japan.  CBC News reports that there is no word on damages or injuries.  A tsunami warning has not been issued. {video link} Last updated: Sunday, January 1, 2012

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