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The Dems' Post-Veto Vote Plan By Jay Newton-Small/Washington The G.O.P. has had a rough month. But if Republicans think things will improve now that House Democrats have failed in their vote Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion of the popular...
Transgender pastor prompts uneasy questions for Methodists By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service BALTIMORE — The Rev. Drew Phoenix is many things to many people. To St. John's of Baltimore City, he's the fun-loving pastor who counsels them, takes their kids hiking, explains...
The Army, Navy and Air Force unwittingly advertised for recruits on a website for gays, who are barred from military service if they are open about their sexual orientation. When informed Tuesday by USA TODAY that they were advertising on GLEE.com, a networking website for gay...
It's a movie about the Bible, but family-friendly Disney Co. is moving heaven and earth to make sure the word "God" is stricken from some advertisements promoting an upcoming animated film on Moses and the Ten Commandments. Radio Disney was to broadcast a radio spot for...
Wealth has many perks: great vacations, beautiful houses and nice cars. But if its marital bliss you're looking for, don't expect money to help. Almost half of America's rich say they're unhappy in marriage, a study found. What's worse: More than that say they've been unfaithful...
WASHINGTON — Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY. Screeners at Los Angeles International...
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- A substitute teacher has been arrested for pummeling a disruptive student Wednesday at an alternative school, authorities said. Joseph Brazer, 35, was charged with a single count of felony battery. Students at the Whiddon-Rogers Education Center had to...
Amid talk of budget constraints and environmental impact fees, Anne Arundel leaders took time this week to weigh in on another controversial issue: Halloween. A County Council member -- outraged that some schools have ditched the name of the traditional holiday in favor of "...
AUSTIN — When Texas transportation officials talk about bridges these days, they don't necessarily mean steel spans and concrete girders. Instead, they are being taught how to "bridge" from off-message questions to their own talking points in a toll-road campaign. "You will...