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We will do our utmost to report this story without cheesy double entendres. Here goes: Southern California is associated with various people, places and phenomena -- Hollywood, spray tans and bottle blondes, beachside homelessness, that stretch of the 101 highway that's always featured in car commercial, and porn, to name a few.

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This isn't going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.

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Invoking the notorious images of dictators like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Saddam Hussein as part of an AIDS-awareness ad series constitutes a serious gamble at best -- and a deeply misguided move at worst, according to critics of the new "AIDS Is a Mass-Murderer" European campaign conjured up by a Hamburg advertising firm.

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It's definitely "do as I say, not as I do" material, but Bristol Palin showed up on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday morning with dad Todd and baby Tripp in an effort to prevent other teenagers from becoming parents before they're ready. Matt Lauer snuck in a question about babydaddy Levi Johnston, but Bristol totally wasn't having it.

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The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted overwhelmingly to back the Vatican's stand against gay sex, marriage and adoption. The group also renewed its opposition to contraception, though only 4 percent of Catholic Americans abide by the ban.

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