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Obama to Unveil Plan to Curb Gun Violence

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday what the White House describes as “concrete proposals” aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States. The plan will likely propose bans on assault-style weapons, stricter background checks for gun sales and more efforts to boost mental health services. The plan is based on recommendations from Vice […]

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Obama to Present Gun Violence Measures Wednesday

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce what the White House describes as “concrete proposals” aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States. The White House said Tuesday Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by children who wrote to the president to voice their concerns about the issue and […]

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Biden Meets with Gun Control Lobby

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver to the president by Tuesday new policy proposals intended to curb gun violence. Biden has been holding discussions with gun victims groups and gun safety advocates. He plans to speak later Thursday with a representative of the powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. The […]

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Obama Supports Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says President Barack Obama supports efforts to reinstate an assault weapons ban, as the gun control debate is reignited following a deadly school rampage. Spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday the president is also in favor of closing the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase guns from private dealers without undergoing […]

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TV Remote Control Inventor Dies

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The inventor whose device enabled people to watch television without ever having to get up to change the channel has died. Eugene Polley, who developed the first wireless television remote control, was 96 years old when he died Sunday in Chicago. Polley was an engineer with Zenith Electronics in 1955 when he built a hand-held […]

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US Proposes New Power Plant Pollution Controls

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States for the first time is proposing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, a controversial regulation that could sharply curb the use of pollution-causing coal to produce electricity in the country. Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson on Tuesday called the new controls “a common-sense step” to sharply curb the emission […]

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US Senate Defeats Attempt to Reverse Birth Control Coverage Mandate

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate have narrowly blocked a Republican party challenge to President Barack Obama’s order that most employers or their insurers cover the cost of contraceptives. The Democratic-led Senate defeated the measure by a vote of 51-48 Thursday. The Republican measure sought to allow employers and insurers to opt out of parts of […]

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Bid to Change US Contraceptive Coverage Defeated

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers have narrowly rejected a bid to reverse a part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law that focused on birth control. The Democratic-controlled Senate defeated a Republican measure by a vote of 51-48. It sought to allow employers and insurers to opt out of parts of the law they found morally objectionable. […]

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US States Sue Over Contraceptives Rule

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Seven U.S. states have filed a lawsuit challenging a new requirement that religious-affiliated groups offer heath insurance that covers contraceptives and other birth control services. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the new rule violates the right of religious freedom granted by the U.S. Constitution. It was filed by attorneys general in Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, […]

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US Free Contraception Rule Faces Lawsuit

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. Roman Catholic television network is suing the federal government over a mandate that requires the organization to provide free birth control to women. The Eternal Word Television Network filed its suit in federal court Thursday. In the complaint, its lawyers say the EWTN strongly believes, based on Catholic teachings, the covered contraceptive methods […]

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