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Sweden’s ‘worst serial killer’ cleared of 8 murders he confessed to

A Swedish man long considered Scandinavia’s worst serial killer has been cleared of eight murders he once confessed to, after prosecutors Wednesday dropped their final charge against him. The prosecution said it lacked proof that Sture Bergwall, 63, killed a 15-year-old boy who died on a cold winter night in…

Congressman: Reports of widespread TSA incompetence may be the ‘tip of the iceberg’

A Florida Republican congressman and frequent critic of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told CNN that a recent federal report showing a drastic increase misconduct complaints against airport security officials may not go far enough. “There’s not even a way to properly report some of the offenses,” Rep. John Mica…

Appeals court sides with college athletes in suit over licensing rights on video game

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A divided U.S. federal appeals court ruled against Electronic Arts Inc in a lawsuit by former collegiate athletes who accused the company of using their images in video games without permission. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said EA’s use…

Accused Ohio serial killer pleaded not guilty

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A man authorities have compared to an Ohio serial killer pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges he killed three women and left their bodies wrapped in plastic bags near his suburban Cleveland apartment. Michael Madison, 35, appeared in a Cleveland courtroom on 14…

U.S. prosecutors argue Manning’s leaks changed how military allows analysts to access data at sentencing hearing

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – As a military judge considered sentencing for convicted U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, prosecutors argued that his leaks of classified information to the WikiLeaks website changed the way the military allowed intelligence analysts to access data. Manning, 25, on Tuesday escaped a life…

Raw Story on Thom Hartmann: Why is Obama unveiling his ‘grand bargain’ at an Amazon warehouse?

Raw Story Managing Editor Kay Steiger appeared on RT’s “The Thom Hartmann Show” to talk about President Barack Obama’s “grand bargain,” in which he offers to trade middle-class investments like raising the minimum wage, boosting American infrastructure and closing overseas tax loopholes for a lower corporate tax rate. But why…

Judge: Merchants owed millions in credit card fees ‘inappropriately’ inflated by Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that the Federal Reserve ignored the intent of Congress regarding a controversial cap on debit card “swipe fees” that are part of a dispute between banks and retailers. The 2010 Dodd-Frank law called for the Fed to cap such fees, which…

Secretary of State Kerry makes surprise visit to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Pakistan late on Wednesday on an unannounced visit for talks with the nuclear armed country’s new government on ways to tame insurgents and stabilize neighboring Afghanistan. Kerry will try to put a fresh focus on a relationship severely strained…

Sen. Harry Reid: Obama has ‘long list’ of Fed chair candidates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told U.S. Senate Democrats that he has a “long list” of potential candidates to take over as Federal Reserve Board chairman next year, and his party will support any of them. Reid, speaking to reporters, said that while he believes former top White House…

Government releases declassified documents on NSA spying authorization

By Deborah Charles and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government on Wednesday released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents…

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