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FCC urged to revoke Fox broadcast licenses

A Washington-based ethics watchdog is calling on federal regulators to revoke News Corporation’s 27 Fox broadcast licences in the wake of the highly critical report on phone hacking from the UK parliament. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) has written to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,…

Despite pressure, Murdoch has iron grip on media empire

WASHINGTON — Rupert Murdoch faces stepped up pressure over control of News Corp. following a blistering report from British lawmakers on a hacking scandal but his grip on the firm is not in immediate danger, analysts say. That is because Murdoch holds the reins of the New York-based global media…

Colorado Senate to vote on marijuana DUI bill

The Colorado Senate will vote on legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle with trace amounts of THC — the main psychoactive compound in marijuana — in their blood. “Quite frankly, I think it’s time we cleared the smoke out of this,” state Sen.…

MN Congressman Who Sponsored Anti-Abortion Bill Extols the Virtues of Viagra

You can’t make this shit up – at least, I can’t.  Senator Paul Gazelka (R-Assholeville), the sponsor of the vetoed anti-abortion pill/tele-med bill, when asked by a Democratic colleague why RU-486 should be regulated instead of, say, Viagra, he replied that Viagra was a wonderful drug that helped create life.…

Student abandoned in DEA holding cell drank own urine to survive

UPDATE: DEA apologizes to student left handcuffed in holding cell without food or water Daniel Chong, a 24-year old student at UC San Diego, was taken into custody during a drug raid and abandoned in a holding cell for five days without food or water, according to NBC San Diego.…

Putin, Medvedev toast May Day at Soviet pub

MOSCOW — Russia’s leaders Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev rolled back the years Tuesday as they took a round of May Day drinks in a Moscow pub popular for beer-drinking since Soviet times. The Zhiguli pub just off the central Arbat street is a Moscow institution, known for its cheap…

Obama: ‘Time of war’ is done, now time for renewal

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama said Wednesday a “time of war” was ending in a moment of American renewal, on a secret trip to Afghanistan a year after ordering the death of Osama bin Laden. In a highly political election-year address from outside Kabul, Obama showcased his…

New York bomb plotter convicted on terror charges

NEW YORK — An American who US officials said was an Al-Qaeda operative was convicted Tuesday on terrorism charges for plotting with two accomplices to launch suicide bomb attacks in the New York subway system. Adis Medunjanin, a resident of Queens, New York, faces a mandatory sentence of life in…

Fired Bahrain protesters demand jobs back on May Day

DUBAI — Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Shiite villages in Bahrain on Tuesday to demand being reinstated in jobs from which they were fired during last year’s uprising, witnesses said. “Returning to our jobs is a right,” read the banners of the protesters who gathered for the…

Occupy protesters march on New York and other cities for May Day

The Occupy Wall Street movement has kicked off its most anticipated action of the year, with a series of May Day protests in major US cities. Protesters spent the day alternately celebrating in a New York park and branching off on “wildcat” marches around the city. There were about 15…

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