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Nov 8, 2011
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U.S. voters find religious belief important in a leader


(Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney listens as businessman Herman Cain (R) speaks at a Republican debate in Las Vegas, Nevada October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

Two-thirds of Americans believe it is important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs, even if those beliefs are different than their own, a survey released on Tuesday found.

Oct 28, 2011

Pakistan behind U.S. goal of Afghan peace: ambassador

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. goal of peace in Afghanistan is firmly shared by Pakistan, but the two nations face hurdles that include anti-American sentiments in Pakistan, the country’s ambassador in the United States said on Friday.

“Pakistan and the United States are agreed that reconciliation is something we need to work for,” Ambassador Husain Haqqani told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Oct 28, 2011
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Many U.S. Catholics have independent streak – survey


A majority of American Roman Catholics feel strongly about the sacraments and traditional church values such as caring for the poor, but they may not agree with the church teachings on topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage and maintaining a celibate, male clergy, a survey has found.

The “Catholics in America” survey of Roman Catholics published by the National Catholic Reporter found¬†86 percent said Catholics can disagree with aspects of church teaching and still remain loyal to the church.

Oct 25, 2011

New Cubs president Epstein promises “culture change”

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Theo Epstein took the reins of the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, declaring he would engineer a “culture change” for the long-suffering club and recreate the excitement he had with his former team, the Boston Red Sox.

Epstein, 37, acknowledged he had his work cut out for him as the team’s new president of baseball operations — the Cubs’ 103-year championship drought is longer than any other major North American professional team sports at 103 years.

Oct 20, 2011

Calls mount for U.S. exotic animal ownership ban

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Animal welfare groups pleaded on Thursday for tighter restrictions or a ban on private ownership of exotic animals after scores of dangerous animals on the loose caused a panic in Ohio.

Police hunted down and killed dozens of lions, tigers, bears and primates released from a private menagerie on Tuesday by owner Terry Thompson, 62, who then killed himself.

Oct 20, 2011

After Ohio panic, call for ban on exotic animal ownership

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Animal welfare groups pleaded on Thursday for tighter restrictions or a ban on private ownership of exotic animals after a panic in Ohio this week when scores of dangerous beasts were set loose.

Police hunted down and killed dozens of lions, tigers, bears, and primates set loose from a private menagerie on Tuesday by owner Terry Thompson, 62, who then killed himself.

Oct 4, 2011

Great Lakes face stresses from run-off, invaders

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Great Lakes shorelines are becoming clogged by algae blooms fed by agricultural run-off, while invasive mussels decimate the food chain in deeper waters, an environmental group said on Tuesday.

The five lakes, which contain one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and supply tens of millions of people, may be “veering close to ecosystem collapse,” the report by the National Wildlife Federation said.

Oct 4, 2011

Russia close to joining WTO – Russian Deputy PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Russia hopes to complete its entry into the World Trade Organization this year with the help of a concerted U.S. lobbying effort, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Tuesday.

Russia’s $1.2 trillion economy is by far the largest still outside the 153-member WTO. Joining the trade body after 18 years of negotiations is expected to boost the country’s gross domestic product by as much as 11 percent in the long term.

Sep 29, 2011
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Americans opposed to gay marriage dwindle – survey


(Phyllis Sifel (L) and Connie Kopelov celebrate after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan July 24, 2011/Allison Joyce)

Nearly half of Americans support same-sex marriage and the proportion who are accepting of homosexuality is increasing, University of Chicago researchers have said.¬† The results show a clear “trend toward greater tolerance regarding homosexuality,” said Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Sep 21, 2011

Penguins identify mates, kin by smell, study finds

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Penguins can sniff out the odor of lifelong mates, helping them reunite in crowded colonies, and also can identify the scent of close kin to avoid inbreeding, scientists said on Wednesday.

Some seabirds have previously been known to use their sense of smell to find food or locate nesting sites but the experiments with captive Humboldt Penguins at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago proved, for the first time, that the birds use scent to discriminate between close relatives and strangers.

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