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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…

Brazil tells John Kerry: NSA spying creates mistrust

Brazil warned US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that failure to resolve the row over Washington’s electronic spying could sow mistrust between the countries. Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told a press conference after talks with Kerry that revelations about the vast US global surveillance network posed a “new…

Hospital technician pleads guilty to leaving dirty needles after feeding his painkiller addiction

BOSTON (Reuters) – A former hospital technician in New Hampshire who caused patients as old as 80 to become infected with hepatitis pleaded guilty to leaving dirty syringes for hospital use after he injected himself with stolen painkiller. The technician, David Kwiatkowski, had previously admitted to knowing that he was…

Newark, New Jersey introduces transparent ‘stop and frisk’ policy as alternative to New York City’s

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police in the city of Newark, New Jersey, have enacted new, highly transparent “stop and frisk” procedures that civil libertarians have called a model for the country and an alternative to the New York City policy rejected by a U.S. judge. New Jersey’s…

Federal court orders nuclear agency to decide on Nevada Yucca Mountain waste dump

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court said on Tuesday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission can no longer delay a decision on whether to issue a permit for the long-stalled nuclear waste project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. On a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of…

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