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Vermont First State To Pass GMO Labeling Bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (UPI) — Vermont will be the first State in the U.S. to require the labeling of genetically modified foods. “Every Vermonter has a right to know what is in their food,” said Shap Smith, speaker of the Vermont House. “Genetically engineered foods potentially pose risks to human health and the environment. I am […]

Michelle Obama Cancels Kansas Graduation Speech

WASHINGTON (UPI) — First lady Michelle Obama has canceled plans to speak at a high school graduation in Topeka, Kan., after students and parents complained security concerns would limit the seating for friends and family to attend the ceremony they said should focus on the students. Obama will instead speak at a “Senior Recognition Day” […]

National Rifle Association Annual Meeting Gets Underway After Year Of Political Victories

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — The National Rifle Association began its annual convention Thursday in Indianapolis after a year that saw many States relax gun laws. The organization claims 5 million members and says its strength comes from their enthusiasm. But the NRA also raises a lot of money and some events in Indianapolis are limited to […]

Presidential Hopefuls, For 2016 And Beyond, On Time’s ’100′

WASHINGTON (UPI) — TIME’s annual list of influential people is awash in Presidential ambition — past, present and future. Joining nine-time honoree President Barack Obama and eight-time honoree Hillary Clinton are several rising stars who may end up on Presidential ballots in the coming years. Senator Rand Paul and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, two Republicans […]

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Congressional Primary In Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. (UPI) — A businessman and self-proclaimed “outsider” backed by the Tea Party won the Republican primary for a special Congressional election in Florida. Curt Clawson of Bonita Springs won 38 percent of the vote Tuesday in the district, which includes a strip of Florida’s southwest coast from Marco Island to Fort Myers. […]

Missouri House Committee To Hold Impeachment Hearings For Governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (UPI) — The Missouri House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on whether to move forward with the impeachment of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The hearings call into question an executive order signed last year regarding same-sex marriages, a delayed call for public elections, and the lack of punishment for officials at the […]

NRA Stops Public Opposition Of Domestic Violence Gun Law

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The National Rifle Association has decided to stop publicly opposing a law that would require those accused of domestic violence to surrender their guns. The one stipulation to the NRA’s lack of public opposition is that it was able to convince lawmakers to make a few changes to the bill that would […]

New Lawsuit Says FBI Used No-Fly List To Get Muslims To Become Informants

NEW YORK (UPI) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York accuses the FBI of using the no-fly list to coerce Muslim-Americans to become informants. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in New York on behalf of 4 Muslims who are American citizens or legal permanent U.S. residents. The lawsuit not only […]

Justice Department Reveals Details Of Plan For Clemency For Some Drug Offenders

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Nonviolent offenders serving long drug sentences will be provided with lawyers to help them win clemency, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said those eligible for clemency will have to meet stringent requirements, including having served at least 10 years in prison. He […]

Texas Second-Grader Claims Teacher Confiscated Bible During Reading Time

CYPRESS, Texas (UPI) — A Texas teacher may be investigated after the Liberty Institute released a statement and sent a letter to Hamilton Elementary School about an alleged incident involving a second-grade student’s choice of reading material. The student’s family claims the teacher confiscated a copy of the Bible their daughter was reading during a […]

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