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DNA tests fail to link ‘In Cold Blood’ killers to Florida murders

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (Reuters) – DNA tests failed to prove a suspected link between the 1959 murders of a Kansas family portrayed in the book “In Cold Blood” and a quadruple homicide in Florida later the same year, authorities said on Tuesday. However, the inconclusive testing was…

The war on African poaching: is militarization doomed to fail?

Every two weeks or so, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs publishes a rhino poaching update, a running tally of rhinoceroses illegally killed for lucrative Asian black markets, along with a summary of arrests of poachers and rhino horn couriers. The latest, dated August 7, lists 553 rhinos poached…

U.S. Sentencing Commission expected to recommend lower sentences for drug dealing

Prison terms for all federal drug dealing offences could be cut under a sweeping sentencing review expected to be announced on Thursday that may go much further than the tentative steps toward ending America’s “war on drugs”, begun this week by attorney general Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission, the…

White House insists NSA surveillance review will be independent

The White House has moved to dampen controversy over the role of the director of national intelligence James Clapper in a panel reviewing NSA surveillance, insisting that he would neither lead it nor choose the members. Statements by Barack Obama and Clapper on Monday night were widely interpreted as the…

Topless activist Phoenix Feeley goes on hunger strike in New Jersey jail

By David Dankwa SOMERSET, New Jersey (Reuters) – An activist for the right of women to go topless who is serving a 16-day sentence related to an arrest for topless sunbathing is set to be released by the end of the week from a New Jersey jail, where she is…

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner defiant in face of recall campaign

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, in his first public statement since taking a leave of absence to enter sexual harassment therapy, refused to bow to a campaign seeking his ouster through a recall election, touting his accomplishments in office instead. “Now is not…

Cory Booker expected to dominate New Jersey’s Senate primary election

By Barbara Goldberg MAPLEWOOD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker appeared poised for victory on Tuesday as New Jersey held a special election to choose party nominees in the race to fill the state’s empty U.S. Senate seat. Booker, a Democrat, held a strong lead in public opinion…

Islamist protester shot dead by police as Egypt standoff intensifies

By Tom Finn and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) – One Muslim Brotherhood member was shot dead and at least 11 people wounded in Egypt on Tuesday, security sources said, with the Islamist group accusing plain clothes police of firing on their march. The killing could harden the standoff between the…

Republican: Focus on Clinton distract from bipartisan Benghazi scandal

A libertarian-leaning Republican in Congress warned Tuesday that the focus on the Obama administration’s role in the Benghazi tragedy was distracting people from the bigger “bipartisan scandal” behind the incident. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted: #Benghazi & #NSA controversies are 2 sides of same coin. IMO, focus on Obama/Clinton…

Gay rights group files complaint against Twitter for allowing ‘a homophobic atmosphere’

A group fighting homophobia has filed a complaint against Twitter for incitement to hatred following a stream of anti-gay tweets on its French site at the weekend, a lawyer told AFP Tuesday. The IDAHO Committee’s French branch lodged a complaint in Paris after tweets appeared on Saturday and Sunday with…

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