Lunchtime Links: March 9, 2010

California Highway patrol officers had to cut off a Toyota Prius which reached speeds near 100 miles per hour Monday when the gas pedal stuck and brakes failed to work. The incident happened while Toyota continues to make its case that its massive recalls will solve its numerous technical problems.

A 22-year-old woman missing more than 14 years has been found safe in California, and her mother is accused of abducting her.

With a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania, President Obama is making a final push for passage of health care reform legislation. Votes are expected in Congress next week.

Disagreement over abortion language in the passed House and Senate health care reform bills remains one of the most significant obstacles to reconcile. Timothy Jost, co-author of the casebook “Health Law,” which is widely used throughout the United States in teaching health law at law schools, insists that no tax dollars can go toward funding of abortions under the Senate bill.

The Supreme Court will decide a free speech case centered on a controversial Kansas pastor whose church demonstrates at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan claiming that God is punishing the United States military for its acceptance of gay service members.

Parts of Nigeria has been placed on a state of alert by its interim president in the wake of the killing of more than 200 Christians in a religious and ethnic slaughter on Sunday.

Farrah Fawcett’s widower Ryan O’Neal was upset by her omission from a memorial segment during the Oscars which highlighted celebrities who have died in the past year. Fawcett dies last year after a long battle with cancer.

Police investigators Monday said they are arranging to interview Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about sexual assault allegations lodged against him by a young woman, and that they will seek a DNA sample.

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