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Happy Valentine's Day: Congressmen Introduce Sex Ed Reform Bill

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is expected to introduce the Senate version of a bill that promotes abstinence education. Keep your hands to yourselves, kids. On Valentine’s Day 2013, Illinois Reps. Randy Hultgren, a Republican, and Daniel Lipinski, a Democrat, re-introduced the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, which would reform federal funding of sex education. An earlier version of the bill ...

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Study: Immigrants Fill Healthcare Worker Shortage

Immigrants are solving a labor shortage as the number of people needing care, whether elderly or disabled, grows, according to the report. The population is rapidly aging, unemployment is high, and millions of illegal workers in the U.S. are waiting to see how Congress will act on immigration reform. At the intersection of those three very different topics is the ...

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Retired Porn Star to Become First Adult Actress in Space

I didn’t think ‘I’m going to try to have sex in space or perform in space,'” says CoCo Brown. Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Sally Ride was the first woman in space. Dennis Tito was the first tourist in space. And sometime next year, the human race will eclipse another benchmark, with Coco Brown possibly becoming the ...

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Broken Towline Slows Stranded Cruise Ship's Return to Land

A small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. The Carnival Triumph floated aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the engine room knocking out the ship’s propulsion system. The Carnival Triumph, an immobile cruise ship that has stranded its 4,000 ...

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The Eight Worst Cruise Ship Disasters

Carnival Triumph – what was supposed to be a four-day jaunt to the Caribbean became an eight-day nightmare when an engine fire left the ship floating in the Gulf of Mexico without power, air-conditioning, or a working septic system. [RELATED: Cruise From Hell Set to Limp Ashore Tonight] Carnival Splendor – Carnival’s Splendor suffered a similar fate as Carnival’s Triumph ...

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With Heinz, American Airlines, and Dell, Big Deals Are Back

Acquisitions pick up as the Great Recession becomes history. Warren Buffett isn’t the only investor with a loaded elephant gun. The Oracle of Omaha has spread some cheer among investors with his plan to buy food company H.J. Heinz for $28 billion. The deal, on which Buffett’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway will partner with Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital Management, ...

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Where Have All the Foreclosures Gone?

A sign is seen in front of a foreclosed home in Miami, Fla., Sept. 16, 2010. Not long after the national mortgage settlement was announced, I warned clients that the training wheels would come off and foreclosures would ramp up again. Now foreclosure information firm RealtyTrac has confirmed that fact in its latest report, which shows that in 2012, foreclosure ...

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Ted Cruz Will Be Closing Speaker at CPAC

Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2012. Whispers has learned that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be the closing speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference this March, an annual political conference that draws more conservatives than any other event in the country. Last year, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin won the coveted ...

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Most Pressing Question at Guantanamo: When Will it End?

A detainee walks across a recreation ground inside the U.S. military prison for ‘enemy combatants’ in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Oct. 27, 2009. GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION, Cuba—The hearings at Guantanamo Bay this week are going “painfully slow” in the words of one civilian observer, with what is usually a complicated legal process further bogged down by accusations of government wiretaps. ...

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How Airline Mergers Saved an Industry—and May Even Benefit Fliers

A US Airways jet takes off as an American Airlines jet is prepped for takeoff at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., June 23, 2008. In the airline industry, the “turbulence” puns never seem to end, because there’s always something that rattles the big carriers and shakes up the business. But if the U.S. Airways–American Airlines merger goes forward ...

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