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How do Republicans solve a problem like Ron Paul?

WASHINGTON — Ron Paul’s strong early showing in the race for the Republican presidential nomination could leave rivals with a fateful choice: Tilt toward his views or risk an election-changing third party bid. After coming third in Iowa and second in New Hampshire — the first votes to choose the…

Judge drops charges against 28 ‘Occupy Rochester’ protesters

Rochester City Court Judge Teresa Johnson dismissed charges against 28 people affiliated with the “Occupy Rochester” protest on Thursday, according to The Democrat and Chronicle. “The First Amendment prevailed today in City Court,” said KaeLyn Rich, director of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Genesee County Chapter. “We’ve argued that…

Tribunal recommends court martial for Bradley Manning

WASHINGTON — A US military tribunal is recommending a court martial for Army Private Bradley Manning for allegedly funneling thousands of classified US documents to WikiLeaks, the US Army said Thursday. “The investigating officer (Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza) concluded that the charges and specifications are in the proper form and…

U.S. seeking to ‘close down’ Iran central bank

WASHINGTON — The latest round of American sanctions are aimed at shutting down Iran’s central bank, a senior US official said Thursday, spelling out that intention directly for the first time. “We do mean to close down the Central Bank of Iran (CBI),” the official told reporters on condition of…

Kenya army apologises for ‘misleading’ stoning tweet

NAIROBI — A Kenyan military spokesman apologised Thursday for a “misleading tweet” he posted the previous day linking to pictures of a man being stoned to death by Somali Islamists. Kenya in mid-October rolled tanks into Somalia, in order, it said, to fight the Shebab Islamists it blames for a…

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against anti-abortion protester

A federal judge this week refused to dismiss charges against an anti-abortion activist who allegedly tried to prevent a woman from entering a Planned Parenthood facility. Richard Retta was charged earlier this year with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act at a clinic near Washington D.C.…

Tourette’s symptoms seen in 12 girls from same school district

Administrators in the Leroy Central School District on Wednesday said that 12 female high school students were being treated for symptoms resembling Tourette’s Syndrome. Superintendent Kim Cox had revealed in November that the district was working with parents, medical professionals and the New York State Health Department to determine the…

Survey finds business ethics worst when market climbs

A business ethics survey published this week reveals a startling trend: workers and management report more unethical behavior when the market climbs, and less as times get tough. And perhaps more startling yet, the number of respondents who reported witnessing illegal corporate political donations has risen by 400 percent since…

Tea party leader gets $250 fine after handgun arrest

The 49-year-old co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots got off with a slap on the wrist on Thursday after he was recently arrested for illegally possessing a handgun at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Mark Meckler, who was facing 15 years in prison, plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined…

Romney: ‘Anytime a job is lost, it’s a tragedy’

Speaking to reporters at Cherokee Trikes & More in Greer, South Carolina Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissed criticism over his lack of transparency about the number of jobs that were created while he worked at Bain Capital. “Staples, Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, the Sports Authority, Steel Dynamics —…

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