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Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

(MCT) — The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex. Preliminary birth certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 277,749 […]

Mexico Calls 2012 Attack On U.S. Embassy Vehicle A ‘Crass Error’

MEXICO CITY (MCT) — A 2012 incident in which Mexican federal police raked an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle with gunfire was the result of a “crass error” in judgment by the officers but was not an ambush ordered by organized crime, the nation’s top security czar said Wednesday. In the Aug. 24, 2012, incident, federal […]

Minnesota Restaurant Chain Backs Off Employee Tip Fee

ST. PAUL, Minn. (MCT) — A Minnesota restaurant chain no longer plans to take a cut out of its servers’ tips to offset the state’s higher minimum wage. In the face of blistering community backlash, the St. Paul-based Blue Plate restaurant chain announced Wednesday that it will resume paying a 2 percent credit card fee […]

CHP Officer Videotaped Punching Woman Could Face ‘Serious Charges’

CHP Officer Videotaped Punching Woman Could Face ‘Serious Charges’

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that one of its officers faces “potentially serious charges” for repeatedly punching a woman in the head along the 10 Freeway in July, an incident that was caught on video and posted to YouTube, causing widespread outrage. In addition to turning its internal investigation over […]

Establishment GOP Candidate Defeats Tea Party Opponent In Alaska Race

Establishment GOP Candidate Defeats Tea Party Opponent In Alaska Race

(MCT) — In one of the final primary-season fights between battling Republicans, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan defeated Tea Party favorite Joe Miller to seize the party’s nomination for a much-desired U.S. Senate seat. Sullivan will take on Democrat Mark Begich, a first-term incumbent who glided to his party’s nomination. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, […]

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Would Have Allowed Gay Marriages In Virginia

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Would Have Allowed Gay Marriages In Virginia

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term. The brief order by the court contained no explanation for its rationale, but it was not […]

Can Technology Help Military Veterans Readjust To Civilian Life?

Can Technology Help Military Veterans Readjust To Civilian Life?

With military and veterans’ suicides near record levels in recent years, a free iPhone app is designed to help vets find each other, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services. Still in the testing mode, it chiefly focuses on Los Angeles for now.

Lawmakers May Close Loophole That Encourages Businesses To Flee U.S.

Lawmakers May Close Loophole That Encourages Businesses To Flee U.S.

Lawmakers are expected to return from their August recess with proposals to close a loophole that allows companies like Pennsylvania’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals to avoid paying Uncle Sam by acquiring foreign competitors and reincorporating in countries with low or no corporate tax obligations.

Islamic State Posts Video Of Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Warns Obama To Halt Strikes

Islamic State Posts Video Of Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Warns Obama To Halt Strikes

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State posted a video Wednesday showing the beheading of an American photojournalist, and it threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks. The slaying of James Foley, 40, and the […]

Man’s Chokehold Death Could Lead To Charges Against NYPD, Staten Island DA Says

Man’s Chokehold Death Could Lead To Charges Against NYPD, Staten Island DA Says

NEW YORK (MCT) — Staten Island prosecutors said Tuesday they will present evidence to a special grand jury in the case of Eric Garner, the accused cigarette peddler put in a banned chokehold by a New York Police Department officer, to determine if criminal charges are warranted against the officers involved in the fatal struggle. […]

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