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Alanis Composes Song For CA Candidate

Canadian pop singer Alanis Morissette composed a campaign song for self-help guru Marianne Williamson who is running for Congress in California.

High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse.

High court nixes NJ appeal on gun rights in public

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New Jersey's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed outside the home.

Conservatives Can’t Take a Joke

They complain the president and Joel McHale were too mean, but what about all the hate the right heaps on liberals and minorities?

Maryland latest U.S. state to hike minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Monday approved a gradual hike in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as fellow Democrats seek to make raising the wage an issue ahead of this year's midterm congressional elections. O'Malley's signature will raise the state's base wage to the new rate by July 2018 in stages from its current level of $7.25 an hour, which is also the federal minimum. Maryland joins California, Hawaii, Connecticut and the District of Columbia in passing legislation or signing into law increases in the minimum wage. "Strengthening Maryland's middle class has been the North Star of my administration," O'Malley, who is weighing a run for the presidency, said in a statement.

Patients, Put Down Your Smartphones

When you take your child to the doctor, part of your job as a parent is to be aware—and available for questions. So step away from the smartphone.

Here's Why Congress Is Losing 660 Years of Experience

Before the first Star Wars movie, before Microsoft was founded and before John Paul II became Pope, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was elected to Congress. And now, after 40 years in the House, Waxman is calling it quits. But he’s not the only one: A...

Teens Blame Michelle Obama for Their 'Nasty' Tater Tot-Free Lunches

Caitlin Tagner, a high school sophomore from North Carolina, is very clear about who she blames for her school's "nasty" lunches: "I blame Michelle Obama." It's great that schools are trying to make lunches better, they're not doing a very good job of it. "I feel like it's just been taken too far." On Monday, the Associated Press reported that some school nutrition directors want the Department of Agriculture of loosen up the new-ish lunch requirements so students will stop throwing away their food.  Anthony Gallimore, a high school senior from Georgia, was more willing to acknowledge others might be at fault. The food even LOOKED more presentable before," he wrote.

Kerry continues to push for South Sudan talks

LUANDA, Angola (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he expects peace talks for South Sudan to begin as planned, despite reluctance by the top rebel leader who has called immediate negotiations premature and meaningless.

Slovenia PM formally resigns post

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's prime minister has resigned and is urging early elections in the small EU nation next month, which is grappling with an acute banking crisis.

You Gotta Win Your Home States, GOP

Losing at home is not the way to win the White House. Just ask Al Gore or Mitt Romney. So the Republican contenders all have some work to do—and some cultural baggage to deal with.

Pistorius Would Get a Mistrial in U.S.

The Oscar Pistorius trial resumes in court Monday, but the prosecution’s cross-examination would never have held up in an American court of law.

North Carolina’s Backlash Election

Could Thom Tiller, tipped to win Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary, be the poster boy for the state’s conservative revolution? Democrats fighting for Sen. Kay Hagan’s reelection hope so.

The Improbable Rise of Rita Ora

She’s gone from singer to model to actress to all-around famous person in the blink of an eye. Rita Ora is just one of a new class of social media-fueled celebs who seem to do it all.

Hanging Out With the Google Guys

What’s the magic formula for Google Doodles? Why the shift from ignoring HTML to focusing on design? You don’t need a search engine for answers to these questions.

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Jeb Can’t Win

If he gets into the 2016 race, he’ll immediately be crowned the GOP favorite. But with his poor poll numbers and no longer golden establishment ties, he’s not the most formidable.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Aren’t Safe to Fly

They have a history of overheating and can’t be stopped by fire suppressants on planes—and thousands of pounds’ worth were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.