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Revealed in new book: Romney didn’t pick Christie for veep partly due to background ‘land mines’

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney decided he could not pick Gov. Chris Christie as his running mate for vice president last year in part because the governor’s background was “littered with potential land mines,” according…  …

Thai parliament approves amnesty for former premier after 19-hour debate

Thailand’s lower house of parliament on Friday passed a controversial political amnesty bill that has sparked mass anti-government protests. Lawmakers voted 310-0 in the early hours of the morning to pass the legislation, with four abstentions, according to a parliamentary official. Opponents fear the bill — which still needs approval…

Federal prosecutor will re-open case of dead Georgia teen found stuffed with newspaper

A federal prosecutor announced on Thursday that he will conduct his own investigation into the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, whose family believes he was murdered despite local authorities’ insistence the teen’s death was an accident. According to CNN, U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said at a press conference that he…

Arrest made in ‘sextortion’ plot against Miss Teen USA

A U.S. student has agreed to plead guilty to hacking online accounts of Miss Teen USA and other women and threatening to publish nude photos of them, prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams surrendered in September to FBI agents probing so-called “sextortion” cases, in which he made demands in return for…

San Diego woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass

Traffic citation: Google Glass-ing while driving (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google Glass team member Salil Pandit wears Google Glasses at a booth at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Sunglasses may be necessary eyewear for driving, but Google Glasses? Wearing the smart spectacles could land…

Republican judges reinstate 30-mile admissions rule for Texas abortion providers

A panel of three Republican federal judges’ ruling on Thursday means at least 12 Texas women’s health clinics will not be allowed to offer abortion services, the Associated Press reported. The judges from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a provision in the state law HB2 requiring doctors…

Chuck Hagel scolds states for not recognizing military benefits for same-sex marriages

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel rebuked several U.S. states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. Hagel said nine states had failed to recognize the rights of same-sex partners of military personnel based at National Guard installations. The…

New drug ‘supertunnel’ found under U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. and Mexican authorities have unearthed another sophisticated “supertunnel” used to smuggle drugs beneath their common border, the third since 2011, officials said Thursday. Zig-zagging for a third of a mile beneath the border between San Diego and Tijuana, the newly-constructed tunnel was equipped with an electric-powered rail system to…

Russia protests after Treasury Dept. puts rock star and Putin ally on ‘black list’

Russia on Thursday dismissed as unacceptable a US decision to blacklist a rock star who counts President Vladimir Putin among his fans, for allegedly working for a transnational criminal group. Raspy-voiced rocker Grigory Leps, one of the country’s top-earning stars, was one of six people named by the US Treasury…

Florida mom targeted in Islamophobic ‘road rage’ attack

A Florida woman says her Muslim faith was the impetus for an unidentified man’s attempt to run her off the road with her children inside her car during a 20-mile “road rage” pursuit. “He grabs a red flannel shirt from his passenger seat and he takes it,” the 26-year-old woman,…

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