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Chris Christie calls for unlimited campaign donations: ‘Let’s stop playing games’

Chris Christie calls for unlimited campaign donations with 48-hour reporting period (via NJ.com) FRANKLIN — Gov. Chris Christie today called for the U.S. to allow for unlimited donations to political campaigns, followed by a 48-hour period where the donors must disclose their contributions. “If somebody wants to write me a…

Democrat Alex Sink bows out of Florida congressional race

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Florida Democrat Alex Sink said on Tuesday she would not run in November for the congressional seat she failed to win last month in a close special election that garnered national attention. Sink, the state’s former chief financial officer, confirmed her decision on…

Obama commutes sentence of Texas man mistakenly given extra jail time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug…

Spanish judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo torture case against Bush

A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush. Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court, in a written decision, refused to scrap the case despite a recent reform…

‘Tax evaders’: Turkish officials take a veiled shot at Twitter over lack of office presence

Social media firms operating in Turkey should open offices there and pay taxes, authorities said Tuesday, amid a row with Twitter which the Turkish prime minister has branded “tax evaders”. Without mentioning Twitter by name, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said social media platforms were dodging taxes if they operated without…

Credit Suisse hit with more subpoenas as federal tax-evasion probe expands

A New York regulator probing Credit Suisse’s role in enabling tax evasion has demanded a trove of additional documents from the bank, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s superintendent of financial services, last week subpoenaed Credit Suisse for banker’s emails, hard drives, personnel records,…

French court dismisses hate ‘incitement’ charges against Bob Dylan

A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a case against singer Bob Dylan on charges of incitement to hatred filed after he was quoted allegedly comparing Croats to Nazis, his lawyer said. The legendary American musician was preliminarily charged with the offence in November after comments made to Rolling Stone magazine…

West, Texas considers building another fertilizer plant despite deadly 2013 explosion

By Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) – Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless and uprooted trees surround boarded-up homes spray-painted with “OK.” A year ago, that designation was meant to signal that structures had been checked…

U.S. appeals court upholds EPA’s hazardous air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city of Slavyansk

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east. The seven buses, filled with 100 paratroopers, and 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers represented the Western-backed team’s most forceful response…

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