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Tennessee man arrested for repeatedly drunk dialing 911

A Columbia, Tennessee man was arrested last weekend and charged with misusing 911 after he dialed emergency dispatchers nine times in a single day, including one call in particular wherein he asked if they could send a car to take him on a beer run. Allen Troy Brooks, 67, was…

Jared Lee Loughner will seek to change plea: judge

LOS ANGELES — The man who killed six people and injured 13 others, including former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson last year, will try to change his plea in an upcoming hearing, a judge said Monday. “If the Court finds the defendant competent, his counsel has requested a follow-on…

Sikhs say attacks on community are ‘collateral damage’ of 9/11

Harjit Jeji Shergill would not go so far as to say there was an inevitability to the murder of six Sikh worshipers at his local temple, but after years of people venomously calling him “Bin Laden” he feared it might come to this somewhere in America. As Oak Creek’s Sikh…

Louisiana charter school kicks pregnant students out of class

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana on Monday warned a public K-12 charter school in Louisiana that its policy violated federal laws and the U.S. Constitution. Delhi Charter School’s policy manual states that the school has the right to require any female student to take a…

GOP candidate in Ohio compares Obama to Hitler, Mao and Stalin

A Republican candidate for Congress received a flurry of criticism on Monday after she compared President Barack Obama to mass-murdering dictators. “Beware of people who rose meteorically from nowhere like Obama. His agenda has been carefully planned 4 him!!!” Marisha Agana wrote Sunday on Twitter. “History has a way of…

Obama backs ending Olympic ‘medal tax’

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday backed legislation designed to spare triumphant Olympic athletes a nasty surprise — a tax on medals they bring home from the London Games. President Barack Obama “supports that bill. If it were to get to his desk, he would support it,” said White…

Sikh temple president died trying to ward off gunman

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin — When a gunman burst into the Sikh temple he’d devoted his life to building in this small Wisconsin town, Sadwant Singh Kaleka grabbed the only weapon at hand, a blunt ceremonial knife. The confrontation didn’t last long. The gunman — identified by police as 40-year-old army…

Coloradoans likely to vote in November on Citizens United ruling

Activist groups announced Monday that more than 100,000 signatures had been collected for a Colorado ballot measure calling for the controversial Citizens United ruling to be overturned. “Unlimited corporate money in elections has only recently flooded American politics, but this initiative is part of a long history of citizens making…

New York Times complains NYPD assaulted a photographer

The New York Times has complained to the city’s police department after one of its photographers said he was assaulted by officers who arrested him on Saturday. Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer, claimed a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer “slammed” his camera into his face before he was dragged…

Guitar-maker Gibson pays $350,000 over illegal woods

Guitar-maker Gibson agreed to pay a settlement of $350,000 to avoid criminal charges for importing illegally harvested wood, the Justice Department announced on Monday. A penalty of $300,000 will go to the government, with an additional $50,000 earmarked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to promote tree conservation, the…

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