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Rooftop sex photos spark debate at USC

A debate is raging at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles over photos of a USC fraternity member having sex with a woman on the roof on a campus building last weekend. The images showing the couple in a variety of sexual positions for what was described as an encounter of “prolonged duration” quickly went viral on the Internet and led to suspension of the student from the USC chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity for “conduct unbecoming of a Kappa Sigma and a gentleman.” The school has launched an investigation of the incident, which occurred on the roof
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Republicans want to abuse tax code to curb abortions

House Republicans want to use the tax code as a back-door way to limit abortions. In the House Ways & Means Committee — the tax code writing body for the House — Republicans who control the committee are pushing tax code modifications that would prevent taxpayers from deducting the cost of abortions as well as stop small business and taxpayers form using tax credits in the new health care law to provide or pay for insurance policies covering the procedure. Current law already prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions. An emotional debate over abortion almost sank the health
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Biden claims budget progress

Vice President Joe Biden reported “good progress” Wednesday in budget talks to prevent a government shutdown next week as congressional negotiators began work on a proposal for around $33 billion in spending cuts over the next six months — considerably less than tea party activists demanded. “There’s no reason why, with all that’s going on in the world and with the state of the economy, that we can’t avoid a government shutdown,” Biden told reporters after a meeting in the Capitol with Senate Democratic leaders. The tentative split-the-difference plan would end up where GOP leaders started last month as they
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Supreme Court appears to lean towards Wal-Mart in sex case

The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of up to 1.6 million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers. The 10-year-old lawsuit, argued in lively exchanges at the court Tuesday, claims that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest employer, favors men over women in pay and promotions. Billions of dollars are at stake if it is allowed to go forward. The case also could affect the future of other class-action lawsuits that pool modest individual claims into a single action
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When high-tech flirts turn into life-altering disasters

One day last winter Margarite posed naked before her bathroom mirror, held up her cellphone and took a picture. Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend. Both were in eighth grade. They broke up soon after. A few weeks later, Isaiah forwarded the photo to another eighth-grade girl, once a friend of Margarite’s. Around 11 o’clock at night, that girl slapped a text message on it. “Ho Alert!” she typed. “If you think this girl is a whore, then text this to all your friends.” Then she clicked open the long list of contacts on
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A real snake in the grass story

It may be weeks before the escaped cobra from New York’s Bronx Zoo is found, but the highly poisonous snake has seized the pop-culture moment with a fake Twitter account of her sightseeing adventures around Manhattan. The Twitter account BronxZoosCobra, purportedly posted by the female adolescent Egyptian cobra that went missing from the zoo’s Reptile House on Saturday, had 30,000 followers by midday on Tuesday. “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History,” read one message from BronxZoosCobra. “This is gonna be hilarious!” Sticking to Twitter’s limit of 140 characters per blast, the cultured reptile
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House kills mortgage relief

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to kill President Barack Obama‘s signature program to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. A bill to terminate the program was approved on a 252-170 vote. But the bill is unlikely to clear the Senate. It was the last in series of four measures brought forward by newly empowered House Republicans to end government assistance for homeowners hurt by the housing crisis. Republicans argued the foreclosure prevention plan, known as the Home Affordable Modification Program, is ineffective and not worthy of taxpayer support amid soaring budget deficits. The vote broke largely along party
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Judge blocks, expands ban on Scott Walker’union-busting law

A Wisconsin judge issued a revised order on Tuesday blocking implementation of a controversial state law curbing collective bargaining by public unions while she hears a legal challenge to the proposed law. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi, who issued an injunction two weeks ago blocking the law, issued an amended order barring Secretary of State Doug La Follette from doing anything that would result in the measure from taking effect. The measure, known as Wisconsin Act 10, was passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker earlier this month. It bans collective bargaining
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Dems willing to deal on budget cuts

Democrats indicated Tuesday they may be willing to accept Republican-backed curbs on the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators as part of an overall deal on spending cuts, a rare hint of compromise in private negotiations marked by public rancor. There was no immediate reaction from the White House, although administration officials are working closely with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the secretive three-way talks that include House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Any concession by Democrats on non-spending items would mark an attempt to persuade Republicans to accept smaller budget cuts than the $61 billion contained in legislation
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McCain, Levin back Obama on Libya attacks

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee say President Barack Obama was right to use military force in Libya. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and Republican John McCain of Arizona made the comments Tuesday at the start of a congressional hearing and the day after Obama’s speech on Libya. Levin said Obama has taken a thoughtful and deliberate approach to avert a bloodbath in Libya. McCain, Obama’s 2008 rival for president, said Obama’s decision to intervene was right and necessary.
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