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After losing his congressional seat after a single term, Steve Driehaus has decided to go back to Africa where he served in the Peace Corps about 20 years ago. Driehaus, who hasn’t ruled out a return to politics, has taken over as director of HIV and AIDS education in the South African nation of Swaziland. “It’s part of the service; most elected officials are just committed to service,” said Driehaus.—-

The Maine Legislature’s labor committee last week passed a bill that would loosen child labor law restrictions. The state Senate will soon vote on the bill that has worker advocates arguing that increasing the work hours could negatively affect student achievement. Sen. Debra Plowman (R-Hampden), who is the bill’s sponsor, said the proposal is designed to give kids an opportunity to save money for college and earn their keep in the household. The current law prohibits 16- and 17-year olds from working more than 20 hours a week for a single employer and past 10 p.m. on a school night. Plowman, who originally proposed allowing kids to work up to 32 hours a week and up until 11 p.m. on school nights, believes that the bill would curb minors from working for more than one employer in order to get around the current law. Because how many 16-year-olds do you know who have to work three jobs to save up for an Xbox?

Donald Trump went on the O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night to reiterate that he doesn’t believe Barack Obama was born in the Unites States. To Trump’s dismay, neither O’Reilly nor Karl Rove shared his thoughts and proceeded to distance themselves from the Republican presidential hopeful. Rove said: "The right-wing base of the Republican party, I'm part of that right wing base, is not in love with the issue of birthers. I mean, there is an element inside the Republican party, and outside the Republican party, that's fallen in love with this but the majority of Republicans and the vast majority of Americans accept that he a U.S. citizen capable of being president." So take your hair and your birtherism bullshit elsewhere, sir.

Reports say that Fox News has lost 21 percent of its primetime audience this year, despite still having the top 12 most-watched show. Glenn Beck, who suffered the biggest drop, lost 30 percent of his audience, Bill O’Reilly lost 14 percent while Sean Hannity lost 19 percent. On the flip side, CNN is up 28 percent in primetime viewers, Rachel Maddow’s viewers increased by 16.65 percent and the foxy gray-haired Anderson Cooper is up 18 percent.

Lindsay Lohan, who escaped conviction for allegedly assaulting a Betty Ford Center employee in December, fell on her tookus earlier this week in New York. Lohan, who is due back in court April 22 in Los Angeles for a preliminary hearing concerning the necklace she allegedly stole last month, attributed the fall to watching Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie Source Code and not the drinking she hadn’t been doing.

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