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Senator Rand Paul ‘encouraged’ by Eric Holder’s proposed drug sentencing reform

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday expressed support for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to reform drug sentencing policies. “I am encouraged that the President and Attorney General agree with me that mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders promote injustice and do not serve public…

Quadruple amputee who swam English Channel appeals for return of customized wheelchair

(Reuters) – A French quadruple amputee who won fame by swimming across the English Channel has appealed for the return of his custom-made electric wheelchair after it was stolen together with the trailer where it was stored. “They haven’t just stolen my wheelchair, they have robbed me of my autonomy,”…

British police officer keeps job after having sex on duty while wearing handgun

Gwent police condemned by IPCC for failing to submit clear report of incident and not referencing presence of loaded firearm A police marksman who had sex on duty with a woman while his loaded gun was in a holster around his ankles has been allowed to keep his job, it has emerged.…

Disabled Army veteran harassed by police because of service dog

An Army veteran of nineteen years whose vehicle was twice blown up by IEDS in Afghanistan claims that a police officer harassed and kicked him off the North Wildwood, New Jersey boardwalk because of his service dog. Jared Goering, a Tampa resident on vacation for the first time in years,…

Former Library of Congress employee pleads guilty to harassing ex with fake Craigslist sex ads

A former Library of Congress employee, 61-year-old Kenneth Edward Kuban, pleaded guilty to stalking, identification fraud and violating a protective order for posting 164 fake sex ads on Craigslist. He posted 111 from the Library’s Packard Campus and another 54 from his home computer. The posts falsely promised sex to…

Sen. Mitch McConnell seeks to delay major Obamacare reform

By Sharon Begley (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on the Obama administration to delay the October 1 opening of exchanges where uninsured Americans will be able to buy health insurance until the U.S. government can guarantee the protection of people’s personal data. The exchanges, a…

New York Mayor Bloomberg to appeal ruling that blocked stop-and-frisk policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday said he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the police department’s “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate constitutional rights. Bloomberg remained firm in his argument that the practice drove down the city’s crime rate, saying, “The possibility of…

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger found guilty on 31 of 32 counts of murder, racketeering and conspiracy

BOSTON (Reuters) – James “Whitey” Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston, on Monday was found guilty of 31 out of 32 criminal counts contained in a sweeping murder and racketeering indictment. But jurors found that prosecutors had proven their case against Bulger on only 11 of the 19…

Bradley Manning’s lawyer: Showed signs of being unfit to serve before leaks

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted for giving classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, exhibited behavior that could have served as a warning he was unsuitable to serve abroad as an intelligence analyst, his lawyer said in court on Monday. As the…

Doctors recommend Prozac, not Pepto, for children with chronic stomach pains

(Reuters) – Children with chronic or recurring stomach pain without a clear medical explanation were also more likely to have an anxiety disorder than those without stomach problems, in a new study. By the time kids with stomach pain reached age 20, just over half had had symptoms of an…

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