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String Of Earthquakes Shakes Arkansas

A series of small earthquakes has shaken the ground in parts of Arkansas in recent weeks. Although no injuries or major damage have been reported, the tremors prompted some Americans to sharpen their survival skills in the event of a natural disaster. 

House Approves Amendment To Block ‘Net Neutrality’ Funding For FCC

House Republicans have succeeded in tacking on an amendment to the 2011 spending bill that strikes a blow to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new "network neutrality" regulations. 

Barbour Refuses To Denounce Tribute To Former KKK Leader

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has predicted that a state license plate honoring a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan will not be approved by lawmakers. However, the Republican official has not denounced the efforts to produce the controversial plate. 

Hawaii Legislature Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions

Hawaii has moved one step closer to becoming the seventh State to allow civil unions for same-sex couples. On Feb. 16, lawmakers in Honolulu voted to approve the measure that would grant gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples many of the same rights of traditional unions without authorizing marriage itself. 

Mayors’ Campaign Against Guns Hits The Road

The coalition of United States mayors that supports stricter gun control laws is taking its campaign on the road. During a Feb. 16 appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the launch of the National Drive to Fix Gun Checks, which is a truck that will travel to approximately 25 States over two months. 

American Heart Association Updates Guidelines For Women

The American Heart Association (AHA) has changed some of its guidelines for preventing cardiovascular disease in women to better address factors that may go ignored in some clinical settings. 

Documents About Vietnam War May Be Declassified

The recent WikiLeaks scandal is widely considered the biggest national security leak since the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which detailed the lies and deceptive tactics of the United States government regarding the Vietnam War. 

Americans Fear Online Privacy Violations More Than Job Losses, Survey Says

A new survey has revealed that more Americans are concerned about a breach of online privacy than issues regarding the economy. The research, which was conducted by Opera Software, found that 25 percent of respondents said that they worry about privacy violations on the Internet. 

Obama Won’t Sign Off On GOP Budget, White House Says

The White House has issued a warning to GOP lawmakers who are proposing significant cuts to the current budget: the Federal government will shut down if Republicans can’t compromise on spending measures. 

Quakes Shake Chile One Year After Historic Natural Disaster

Almost a year after the Feb. 27, 2010 earthquake in Chile that killed more than 520 people, left 220,000 homeless and caused $30 billion in damages, residents in the South American nation have been forced to use self-survival skills again as another series of quakes struck this past week. 

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