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    Sensitive Subjects

    New York City's public schools are banning dozens of words and topics deemed too sensitive for school tests because they could evoke unpleasant emotions in students.

    Nixed words include dinosaur, birthday, Halloween, dancing and junk food.

    Words that suggest wealth are excluded too along with poverty, divorce and disease.

    Officials say the topics may be fine in other contexts but they don't belong in city or state-wide assessments.

    One education group says the irony is by eliminating some of those topics schools cut out subjects many kids know a lot about.

    "Year" in Review

    A national atheist group is suing Pennsylvania lawmakers for passing a resolution earlier this year declaring 2012 the "Year of the Bible."

    The lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says the declaration is unconstitutional because it is tantamount to the state endorsing religion.

    The group takes issue with biblical content it deems -- quote -- "violent, sexist and racist models of behavior that FFRF members find personally repugnant."

    The resolution's sponsor says it is only meant to recognize the impact the bible has had on the country and the state and does not stop anyone from believing or not believing in any faith.

    Role Playing

    Typecasting it is not.

    In an upcoming film called "The Butler" actress and outspoken political activist Jane Fonda is reportedly going to play former Republican first lady Nancy Reagan.

    The casting choice is already getting criticized by many on the right since Fonda is best known for her opposition to the Vietnam War and her championing of liberal causes.