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New Jersey Considers Mandatory HIV Test

A new proposal would make New Jersey the first state to require HIV testing for pregnant women and their babies, unless the women decline the test in writing. Currently four states test just mothers, and two others only newborns. The bill is opposed by the D.C.-based Center for Women Policy Studies on the grounds that it limits health rights.

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And the Richest Candidate Is ...

... Mitt Romney, whose personal fortune is between $190 million and $250 million, which might explain why he’s so eager to “reform” the tax code. The former Massachusetts governor’s millions come from his days at an investment group that financed Staples, Domino’s Pizza and the Brookstone retail stores.

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The Shape of Our Solar System

Our solar system isn’t the good old circle or oval you might have thought it is.  According to research reported on this week by National Geographic News, it is bullet-shaped

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OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

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VA Exaggerates Quality of Care, Study Finds

An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.

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Moore Slams Bush & Co. for Cuba Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore ripped into the Bush administration Friday, demanding that it “immediately end” its investigation into his recent trip to Cuba with 9/11 responders to have them medically treated.  The trip is part of his latest film, “Sicko.” 

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Pope Benedict XVI on Saints and Sinners

Brazilian Catholics thronged to see Pope Benedict XVI in Sao Paulo on Friday as he officially added native-born 18th-century Friar Antonio Galvao to the canon of saints.  While he was at it, the pope emphasized the importance of just saying no to drugs and premarital sex.

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U.S. Investigates Michael Moore

The Treasury Department is investigating documentarian Michael Moore over a recent trip to Cuba that the government says may have violated the trade embargo. Moore brought a group of ailing 9/11 rescue workers to the island nation in making his latest film, “Sicko,” an exploration of the healthcare system.

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Rice, Putin Trade Sharp Words

Russian President Vladimir Putin, awaiting a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, compared U.S. foreign policy to that of the Nazis in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Rice criticized Putin’s administration for centralizing too much power at the Kremlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bush Gives an Inch on Iraq

President Bush says he is now willing to talk about setting up benchmarks to gauge progress in Iraq, perhaps responding to pressure from both sides of the political aisle.  However, he also made it clear Thursday that he’s going to reject another bill expected to pass soon in the House that would stop funding for the Iraq war this July.

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