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Lisa Sandberg SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS Gov. Rick Perry to rocker Ted Nugent: "Give 'em hell." Nugent insisted Monday that the governor loved his inaugural ball performance last week and never criticized his decision to wear a shirt emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag...
RICHARD STEWART and ARMANDO VILLAFRANCA Houston Chronicle Brazoria Mayor Ken Corley wants offensive use of the "n-word" to be punishable by a fine of up to $500 in his town. "It's not a particular problem in Brazoria," Corley said, "but it's a national problem." Corley said he...
ABC News Much has been made of America's so-called religious divide, but few of the discussions and debates resemble Alexandra Pelosi's new film, "Friends of God." The HBO documentary shows the Rev. Ted Haggard, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals,...
Judy Keen USA TODAY Doug Metcalfe cut the umbilical cord immediately after Jen Betts gave birth to baby Sara. It had been a difficult pregnancy, and everyone was relieved that the delivery, though a few weeks early, had gone well. "Then they put her on my tummy, and I cried,...
Josephine Hearn THE POLITICO Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome. "I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen, who...
JULIA PRESTON The New York Times A United States citizen flying home today from a ski jaunt in Canada, a beach break in Mexico or a honeymoon in Jamaica can flash a driver’s license or a birth certificate at airport customs officials and walk on through. Travelers taking out...
The XXX industry has gotten too graphic, even for its own tastes. They have discovered that the technology is sometimes not so sexy. The high-definition format is accentuating imperfections in the actors — from a little extra cellulite on a leg to wrinkles around the eyes...
ASSOCIATED PRESS Thirty years after it began as just another quirky movement in Berkeley, Calif., the push to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places has reached a national milestone. For the first time in the nation's history, more than half of Americans live...
Local6.com A controversial proposal in Daytona Beach, Fla., would create a special village to house hundreds of the county's homeless people, Local 6 News has learned. Volusia County Council members are expected to consider a plan to build the Tiger Bay Village and treatment...