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Arizona law would criminalize being lewd or annoying on the Internet

The Arizona state legislature apparently finds it difficult to tell the difference between a telephone and the Internet and has passed a bill that would extend the definition of harassment originally devised for phone conversations to anything communicated or published online. As summarized by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,…

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights gets involved in Gitmo case

WASHINGTON — An inter-American rights body admitted for review Friday the case of a man held at Guantanamo Bay for over 10 years, the first time it accepted jurisdiction over the US naval base in Cuba. Djamel Ameziane’s co-counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Center for…

Martin Luther King’s niece calls Trayvon Martin’s death ‘a late abortion’

Anti-abortion activist Alveda King told a Fox News audience on Thursday that the death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin could be considered “a late abortion.” King was reacting to a clip of Reverend Al Sharpton, who recently called at a rally for the arrest of alleged shooter George Zimmerman. “I’m…

Scientific study recommends bringing dogs to the workplace

WASHINGTON — Employers looking to ramp up productivity in these dog-eat-dog times might consider letting their staff bring Fido to the office, a scientific study published Friday suggests. Dogs at work can not only bring down stress levels among their owners, but they can also help make work more satisfying…

Richard Branson hatches April Fool’s Day plan to journey to the center of the Earth

NEW YORK — British billionaire Richard Branson may have lost his race to the bottom of the ocean, but not his sense of humor, declaring Friday a faux plan to top his adventure rivals by voyaging to the center of the Earth. The impossible journey was announced, tongue jammed in…

Moyers guest: Obama needs to back up populist rhetoric

Community organizer George Goehl would be glad if there was a national leader who could pressure the big banks to pay their fair share of taxes and deal honestly with the mortgage crisis by writing down the principle for underwater homeowners. He wishes President Obama could be such a leader,…

Lawyer for soldier accused of Afghan massacre charges military with ‘information blackout’

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer representing a US soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers condemned Friday what he called an “information blackout” blocking him from preparing his defense case. Attorney John Henry Browne said his team had been prevented from interviewing witnesses and injured civilians in southern Afghanistan following…

Gingrich admits Romney will ‘probably’ win but refuses to concede

Empty of funds, Gingrich adds that Mitt Romney is ‘clearly the frontrunner’ but remains defiant against calls for him to quit Newt Gingrich has come the closest yet to acknowledging what just about everyone else in the political world has already decided: that he has no chance of becoming the…

Texas cop filmed threatening to arrest men for being afraid of Taser

A video published to YouTube on Friday appears to show a police officer at a Walmart store in Houston, Texas threatening several black males with a Taser, then claiming he would arrest them, apparently because they cowered away from his weapon. Reached by Raw Story, a Houston police spokesman said…

American World Bank president defends U.S. monopoly on World Bank presidency

Outgoing World Bank president Robert Zoellick said Friday that emerging markets were well represented among the Bank’s staff as he sought to deflect criticism of the US lock on the top job. A nearly seven-decade carve-up has seen Americans lead the World Bank and Europeans head its sister organisation the…

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