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Supreme Court orders California to free thousands of inmates from overcrowded prisons

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to excuse California from a lower-court order demanding that the nation’s largest state prison system reduce its inmate population by about 10,000 convicts this year to ease crowding. State prison officials, insisting that further cuts are…

Interpol issues global security alert after prison breaks

ARIS (Reuters) – Interpol issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its members to increase their vigilance against attacks after a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that the agency is investigating to determine if they were linked. The Lyon, France-based Interpol said given that al…

Texas to soon run out of lethal injection drug

Texas, the state that puts to death the most prisoners in the US, will soon run out of the drug used for lethal injections. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Justice told AFP Friday that the state’s stock of pentobarbital, the barbiturate used for the death penalty, has nearly…

Sex offenders awarded $1 in liability suit over N.Y. illegal ‘civil commitments’

A jury found Mr. Pataki and two former state officials are ‘not liable’ for illegally confining six sex offenders to…  …

New Zealand dairy finds botulism bacteria, issues worldwide alert

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, on Saturday said it had found a bacteria which can cause botulism in some of its dairy products, prompting China to issue a recall of affected products. New Zealand authorities said they were holding back some…

Gun rights group warns NJ governor Chris Christie not to sign any gun control legislation if he wants to be president

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A gun-rights group in the bellwether presidential primary state of New Hampshire has warned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that signing gun control bills passed by his state’s Legislature could have consequences if he runs for president in 2016. The Pro-Gun New…

U.S. judge denies class action lawsuit by women suing Wal-Mart

By Casey Sullivan and Dan Levine (Reuters) – In another setback for women suing Wal-Mart, a U.S. judge in San Francisco on Friday rejected an attempt to bring reformulated sex discrimination claims against the company as a class action. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer denied a motion for class certification…

U.S. band ‘Bloodhound Gang’ barred from Russian gig after shoving country’s flag into underwear

MOSCOW (Reuters) – American rock group Bloodhound Gang has been barred from a music festival in Russia, the Russian Culture Minister said, after a band member shoved the country’s flag into his underpants during a gig. The incident took place when the band, famous for its sexually explicit songs and…

Radioactive Fukushima groundwater rises above barrier being built to contain it

TOKYO (Reuters) – Radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has risen to levels above a barrier being built to contain it, highlighting the risk of an increasing amount of contaminated water reaching the sea, Japanese media reported on Saturday. The Asahi newspaper, citing data from a Friday meeting…

Squabble between CBS and Time Warner Cable now affecting TV and online viewers

By Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) – U.S. broadcaster CBS went dark for millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers on Friday in the nation’s two largest markets and other cities after the cable operator and CBS Corp failed to reach an agreement over fees following weeks of contentious…

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