Losing NYC Political Candidate Argues She Was 'Cursed' By Rival

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_767798a9c9.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A New York political rivalry has taken a turn for the supernatural with a losing candidate suing her former opponent over a "cursed" mural that caused her "emotional distress" which may have led to her defeat on election day. Gwen Goodwin filed suit against incoming New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Friday for her actions related to the placement of a large mural on Goodwin's apartment building.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush to Be Released from Hospital Saturday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6d33bcfa74.jpgJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (HOUSTON) -- Former first lady Barbara Bush will be released from a Houston hospital on Saturday. Bush was hospitalized on Monday with a respiratory issue, and will be released privately on Saturday. Her husband, George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, during which time she used her prominence as first lady to champion civic and charitable causes, including as an advocate for global literacy.

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Number of Cases on Tap for Supreme Court in January

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_31ba06d85b.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- With two emergency applications regarding gay marriage and health care, potential decisions, and new cases, January has the potential to be a big month for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Emergency Applications: Gay Marriage and Health Care - Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a very busy woman on New Year’s Eve.

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Sen. Rand Paul to File Class-Action Lawsuit over NSA Spying

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_21172ac4df.jpgUS Senate (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will file a class-action lawsuit against President Barack Obama and National Intelligence Director James Clapper over the collection of private data regarding American citizens. Paul's communications director, Sergio Gor, confirmed that the suit will be filed in Washington, D.C. District Court as an individual and not as a U.S. Senator.

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Government Files Brief in Contraceptive Mandate Case

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_cd156107a8.jpgPurestock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Responding to a request from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the government has filed papers with the Supreme Court explaining the government’s opposition to a request from some religious nonprofit groups to temporarily opt out of the contraceptive mandate while they challenge the mandate in the lower courts. The groups, led by the Little Sisters of the Poor, are nonprofit nursing homes that provide health coverage to their employees through a self-insured church plan.

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