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Cleveland man who trapped women for years gets life in prison

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former Cleveland school bus driver who held three women captive for years pleaded guilty on Friday to hundreds of charges of kidnapping and rape, allowing him to avoid the death penalty and instead serve life in prison without parole. At a court hearing,…

Obama won’t pick Fed chair until fall: White House

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House moved on Friday to damp down speculation about President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Reserve when Ben Bernanke’s term expires, saying no decision has been made and no announcement is likely until the fall. Bernanke’s second four-year term as…

Swedish lesbians far more likely to marry than gay men

Lesbian women in Sweden are more likely to enter a same-sex marriage or civil partnership than gay men are, according to data released by the country’s statistics agency on Friday. At the end of last year, 4,521 Swedish women were registered as having a spouse of the same gender, which…

Glenn Greenwald and other NSA critics to testify before Congress: Rep. Grayson

Congress will hear testimony from critics of the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices for the first time since the whistleblower Edward Snowden’s explosive leaks were made public. Democrat congressman Alan Grayson, who is leading a bipartisan group of congressman organising the hearing, told the Guardian it would serve to counter…

Ohio convicted killer spared the death penalty due to obesity dies of ‘natural causes’

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A convicted Ohio killer who sought to be spared the death penalty because he was obese died Thursday at a Columbus hospital of natural causes, an Ohio prison spokeswoman said. Ronald Post, 53, who weighed more than 450 pounds, had been scheduled to be…

Pink Panther jewel thief escapes Swiss prison

ZURICH (Reuters) – Armed men have broken a member of the so-called Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves out of a Swiss prison, police said on Friday. Bosnian gang member Poparic Milan escaped the jail in the Swiss canton of Vaud on Thursday night, along with another prisoner, after accomplices…

FDA finally releasees draft of improved food import safety rules

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Long-awaited rules aimed at improving the safety of foods imported to the United States were proposed by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. The first-ever draft rules for safety oversight of imported food are part of a larger mandated food safety regulatory overhaul underway…

Even who we’re in a drone war with is classified

By Cora Currier, ProPublica In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret. At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl…

Ex-IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn charged with pimping

PARIS (Reuters) – Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be tried on charges of pimping, prosecutors said on Friday, capping an inquiry into sex parties attended by a man whose French presidential hopes were dashed by a separate 2011 U.S. sex scandal. Prosecutors in the northern city of Lille said…

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agrees to plead guilty to avoid death penalty

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agreed on Friday to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade. Under a plea agreement announced in court, Ohio prosecutors agreed that Castro will not be eligible for…

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