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Midday Roundup: Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies

Newsworthy
by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/03/13, 12:54 pm

Obituary. A Democratic aide announced today that New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg died after a bout of viral pneumonia. He was 89. Lautenberg served five terms in the Senate, starting in 1982. He announced in February he would not seek reelection. He was the chamber’s last remaining World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1942 to 1946. During his time in the Senate, Lautenberg served on the powerful Appropriations Committee, as well as on the Environment and Commerce committees.

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Globe Trot: Factory collapse survivor didn't dare dream of rescue

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/15/13, 01:50 pm

The seamstress who survived for 17 days buried inside the Bangladesh garment factory collapse told the BBC: “Even in my wildest dreams I did not imagine I would come out alive.”

The surprise candidacy of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Iran’s June 14 presidential race is giving the ruling mullahs a headache.

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Gay therapy gets shock treatment at UN

Homosexuality
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 2/19/13, 06:15 pm

A UN panel stacked with people who oppose therapy to help homosexuals live a different lifestyle condemned the practice last month in what they hope will be the first of many “discussions” about LGBT rights worldwide.

The group of religious leaders, mental health experts, and human rights advocates gathered at the United Nations Church Center to deride the therapy, admitting only one voice in support.

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