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School Singled Out For Alleged Attack On Religious Freedom

Eastfield College, a public college in the Dallas area, came under criticism last month after it tried to prevent one of its students from making crosses during ceramics classes and imposed a full ban on the practice this fall.

Food Stamp Use Skyrockets, 'poverty' Given A New Meaning

As millions of people continue to hit the unemployment lines every month, food stamp use in the United States has reached a record high. Food stamps, which were renamed "nutritional aid" by the Bush administration to erase the initiative’s stigma, now help feed one in eight Americans and one in four children, The New York Times reports.

Napolitano Concedes That Airline Security Failed Following Attempted Terrorist Attack

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged on Monday that the nation’s aviation security system failed after allowing a Nigerian man armed with explosives to board a flight bound for Detroit. The statement came not long after Napolitano made a widely criticized assertion on CNN that the "system has worked."

Despite Senate Passage, Polls Show Majority Still Oppose Healthcare Bill

Even though the Senate passed the healthcare bill early on Christmas Eve, and despite a recent uptick in support for the overhaul, most Americans remain skeptical about the most sweeping reform of the healthcare system since 1965.

Milk Thistle May Decrease Liver Damage In Chemotherapy Patients, New Study Concludes

According to new research, milk thistle extract may help reduce liver damage caused by certain cancer drugs. Although the plant has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat disorders of the liver and gall bladder, the study, to be published online in the journal Cancer, is the first to test the herb’s toxicity-resistant properties among cancer patients in a placebo-controlled trial, according to MedPageToday.com.

Chemicals Found In Cannabis May Aid The Treatment Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Compounds found in cannabis may be useful as part of an effective treatment for certain inflammatory bowel diseases, a new study has found. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two of the more prevalent bowel diseases, are caused by genetic and environmental factors such as diet, stress and bacterial imbalance.

Common Pain Reliever May Increase Risk Of Asthma, Researchers Say

As we enter the peak of cold and flu season in the United States, many people have begun to look for alternative remedies to help cope with winter sickness. New research conducted at the University of British Columbia has shown that the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen may lead to an increased risk of asthma and wheezing in both children and adults.

Study By AP Finds U.S. Gun Laws Getting More Lax

In a blow to gun-regulation proponents, a review by the Associated Press (AP) has found that during the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the Southwest, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.

Government Reports Progress On Virtual Border Fence, But Not Everyone Is Happy

Government officials have announced a plan to turn over the first section of the "virtual fence" along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico frontier to the Border Patrol in January, but it remains unclear whether the system will ever cover the entire border.

First Salvos Fired In High-profile Massachusetts Senate Run

In the first phase of the special election that is bound to have a significant impact on American politics for at least another year, Martha Coakley and Scott Brown won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, to replace Senator Edward Kennedy who died last August.

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